With Aishwarya Rai, I have learnt to accept, you can tackle only one thing at a time. So this time at Cannes, she got the dress right – a stunning mauve affair by Eli Saab – but can someone please tell me what’s happening with the hair? A mammoth beehive? Um, what were you thinking, Ms. Rai????? And why?????
On the second day, both the dress – a fabulous Giorgio Armani Privé black evening gown – and the hair (sort of!!) fell in place, but where did the excess weight come from?? And maybe next time you could try the “play up one feature at a time” paradigm – which essentially means that startling red lipstick would probably look better with bronzed or at least slightly more muted cheeks, rather than the bright red dots that we can see here. Everything is just a little too severe and its making her look older than her 36 years. It would have been better if she had left her hair open, lying in waves over the shoulders – a far softer effect that would not only have made her seem prettier rather than severe, but also covered those bulky, spilling-out-of-the-halter-dress arms and shoulders.
Personally, I feel Aish looks best when simple and understated – a fact borne out by this shot at an event on the Martinez Terrace, where she sports a chic Emilio Pucci print dress, almost-natural makeup and windblown hair.