Cannes day 5: Aishwarya rocks. Abhishek… uh?

There is just something about Cannes that seems to bring out the worst in Aish – otherwise known as one of the world’s most beautiful and stylish woman. Except, maybe, sort of, these last two days. The black Hervé Leger black dress, complete with understated makeup, minimal jewellery and tumbling curls totally rocked at a photo call for Raavan.

The arm candy could have done with some (lots!!) of work though. Red leather jacket, blue denims, black shoes – exactly what were you thinking Abhishek??

Aishwarya inching forward in the Cannes fashion stakes

Another day, another ensemble… this time a ruched magenta chiffon gown from Gucci, with a twisted halter neck and satin waist band that skims and hugs her figure in just the right places.

Gone is the puffy look, the hair is elegant and swept back into a sleek ponytail – thankfully, no beehive, though I still think she should go softer with open curls – and almost nude eyes and lip, offset by bronzed skin and sculpted cheekbones.

Yes, understatement works, as Aish seems to have realised on the third day of the Cannes Film Festival, where she walked the red carpet for the  premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, accompanied by her mother, Vrinda Rai.

Photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

And now… Deepika at Cannes

Voluntary disclosure – I am not a huge fan of Deepika Padukone, courtesy a couple of past interviews where we haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye, but she does look good in this Rohit Bal saree. The makeup could have been a tad more muted – possibly nude lips rather than the copper-bronze overkill might have done the trick – but the overall effect is much better than Aishwarya’s, to say the least.

Aish continues to disappoint at Cannes

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.