I actually like Vidya Balan. And I looooove Sabyasachi. So, why is it that when you put the two of them together, the results are, well, BLAH!? Don’t get me wrong… it’s commendable that Vidya has chosen to wear traditional Indian outfits at the Cannes Film Festival this year, “…to make a fashion statement on the red carpet”. Unfortunately, the fashion statement seems to be that Indian clothes are lumpy and frumpy. And that they don’t have even a passing acquaintance with fashion. Or style. Seriously, take a look at the pix below and tell me what you think.
I am not a keen follower of fashion trends. My personal belief is that a truly stylish ensemble is one that plays up your best assets. But this lehenga does not do a thing for Ms. Balan. I mean, it’s perfectly fine if you want to wear an unequivocally winter palette – rustic red, bronze, black – for a summer afternoon on the Riviera. But why would you wear these colors when, in fact, it’s the jewel-toned, sunshine hues – which are also on trend right now – actually suit you so much better? How could Sabyasachi let her fall into the classic Indian trap of believing that earthy colors equal sophistication, whilst what they do most times is make your complexion look sallow and muddy?
Then there is the neckline. This is something I learnt at the age of 17 – if you are heavy on top, STAY AWAY FROM ROUND NECKS. They will only make you look bulkier, emphasize the flab on your face and take away any hopes of a pleasing silhouette. And Vidya drives this lesson home very, very well. Kudos!
As for the hair and makeup… uncomfortably tight bun? Charcoal black eyes? WAY too much bronzer? Lips that seem to disappear into nothingness? Sigh! Vidya sweetie, have you not seen how gorgeous you look when not made up like an ultra-strict head mistress? Remember those gorgeous face-faming finger curls, rosy pink lips and kohl liner that made you look so gorgeous that millions of women spent hours trying to recreate the effect? What happened to playing to your strengths? Tell me, who doesn’t think she looks better in the photo below?
Oh! And pardon me for sounding politically incorrect but why are Bollywood celebs horrified by the thought of letting even the slightest amount of skin show at Cannes? Like Vidya here, whose face looks like it’s been propped up on a postbox, given the way she is practically smothered by the red fabric.
This happens every year – unless, of course, you are Mallika Sherawat. In which case, you take the diametrically opposite direction. For the rest, all this covering up just shows the world that Indian clothes are totally matronly. And that’s untrue, right?
PS: Unfortunately, it did not stop at this. Read all about the even more disastrous 2nd day of Cannes here!