Cannes is where Bollywood styling goes wrong

By HT

So the much awaited appearance of Aishwarya Rai is over. Three quick appearances in one day in dependable black which even a fashion novice knows is the best bet when one is trying to appear thinner than one is. Why do we hype the entire Indian contingent every year? The sad and
sometime pitiable result is the desperate efforts that all stars (here in India) and largely unknown Indian actors elsewhere in the world make when dressing for the much touted red carpet appearance.

So a perfectly turned out Sonam goes for this heavily embellished sari with a diaphanous dressing gown on top though she has the good sense to limit her jewellery to a single nose pin which proves to be her only saving grace.

Another appearance and it is the Barbie doll floral Dolce & Gabbana and yes even he gets it wrong sometimes or maybe he designed it with Dakota Fanning in mind.

Aishwarya Rai too wears a sari but layers it with gold on the pallu, gold on the border, gold on the round neck and lest someone miss it, a golden tiara of sorts to boot.

Her much anticipated appearance on the red carpet - in a black lace and sequined Elie Saab creation - was a win despite the mega sleeves.

You would think that Aishwarya’d lose black off the red carpet. But no such luck. Yes, the actress looked chic in the white Saint Laurent shirt teamed with mermaid-style Zac Posen skirt. But the black, always the black!

And what’s with this round neck cropped blouse? It has made an appearance in all of Vidya Balan’s Sabyasachi creations. Didn’t the woman unafraid of her curves get a short shrift by the designer? At Cannes she has been layered into what might pass off as ethnic chic in the mind of the global desi designer. But is it truly representative?

One final word to the grand doyen whom we adore to distraction - no shiny tuxedos, you don't need it to stand tall amongst the Hollywood Gang. Also you look good enough in simple black and yes you don't wear it to look slimmer.

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