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Fashion designers in India divided on Aishwarya’s Cannes appearance

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan finally made her much-anticipated red-carpet appearance at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. We asked fashion experts back home what they thought about Ash’s gold Ali Younes Couture number.

fashion and trends Updated: May 14, 2016 18:59 IST
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film Ma Loute (Slack Bay) at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Fashion designers back home are divided on her sartorial choice. (Reuters)

She’s no novice on the red carpet, so you’ve got to give Aishwarya Rai Bachchan props for getting her diva mode on as she made a striking appearance at the 69th edition of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, celebrating 15 years of being at the fest.

Ditching her usual favourites, Elie Saab and Cavalli, Ash surprised in a gown by Kuwait-based designer Ali Younes, who has dressed Hollywood celebs such as Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria. Before she left for the French Riviera, 42-year-old Aishwarya had said that she hadn’t decided on what she’d be wearing and didn’t give two hoots about all those who love to troll her sartorial choices.

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Well, while we have to hand it to her for the confidence, the heavily-embellished gold caped dress, and the unusual blue eye makeup got her both raves and rants. “I loved her look! She looked beautiful and extremely ­sensuous. I enjoyed the ­shimmer and how the gown flowed seamlessly on the red carpet. I really liked the choice of cape and the overall sultriness of the outfit. The hair and makeup just added to it. She came across as super confident, glamorous and sensuous,” says designer Manish Malhotra.

Aishwarya got mixed reaction for her gold, caped gown on the Cannes red carpet. (Reuters)

“Aishwarya could’ve made a better choice. Her recent appearances have been great, but this one doesn’t match up. Sometimes some garments add to your personality, sometimes they don’t. Unfortunately, this time it didn’t. I’m not a big fan of the silhouette, it’s predictable and the colour is a regular on the red carpet. The ensemble is not adding any newness, so it’s a basic fault of the gown,” says designer Rahul Mishra.

For designer Anand Bhushan, the look was far from a winner. “To be honest, I am a little underwhelmed!.The entire look seems a little dated, neither do I appreciate the gown, nor the makeup. I can’t understand how someone so spectacular could get it this wrong!” he says.

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Keeping these opinions aside, designer Nikhil Mehra suggests we should just celebrate Ash’s full-forced confidence and poise on the red carpet. “For her to come out so confidently in the body-celebrating dress is amazing. She is unapologetic about her choice, and I think it’s high time that we should get over the hangover of not wanting Aishwarya to age. I applaud her bold choice of outfit,” he says.

Next up on the red carpet from India is actor Sonam Kapoor, who will also attend the AmfAR gala at the event.

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First Published: May 14, 2016 17:05 IST