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Designers to Aishwarya, Sonam Kapoor: Break the Cannes clutter!

As the Cannes Film Festival gets ready to spread its wings, we speak to fashion designers about what they’d love to see on the red carpet this year when it comes to our two desi representatives: Actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor.

fashion and trends Updated: May 10, 2016 09:01 IST
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Actor Sonam Kapoor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Fashion experts think that it’s high time the cookie-cutter approach is ditched at the glam festival.(LoicVeneance/AFP)

It’s almost that time of the year again when cinema biggies take on the red carpet with a vengeance. Flounce, trains, ball-gown glamour and big-budget couture: all eyes will be on what celebrities pick for film premieres and the numerous dos slated to take place at the French Riviera, as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, starting tomorrow. Actors Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have been two consistent attendees from Bollywood, and this time around too, they’ll be walking the red carpet at the big-ticket event. While the suggestions on style vary, experts unanimously agree on the fact that the cookie-cutter approach has to go!

Time to experiment, ladies
“Things get very monotonous when the same old ensembles are repeated. Similar silhouettes, the same off-shoulder style.. there is no experimentation. I think those walking the red carpet need to break away from this routine, stereotypical look. The beauty of being adventurous is, you can never predict how everyone would perceive it. Red carpet should not take away the thrill of fashion, so taking the plunge is important,” says designer Rahul Mishra.

“I feel both these girls have made some great choices and some, that are not so great. But, they have always played it safe, either going the safe way with gowns or keeping it Indian. What has always been missing is an out-of-the-box, experimental look. Sonam, to some extent, did try to break the boundary last year. However, a look that could create an original statement is still to be seen. So far, things have been well within the established norms,” says designer Nida Mahmood.

Sonam Kapoor in an Elie Saab gown at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The frou-frou ensemble got mixed reactions by critics, but was slammed by fans across social media. (Eric Gaillard/REUTERS)

Ditch the pastels, bring on the jewels
For designer Nikhil Mehra, colours need to take a bolder, deeper turn on the red carpet, which could help in cutting the monotony out. “New pallettes are required. Typical blacks, greys and pinks need to be given a break. This season, it’s all about indulging in decadent tones. I would love to see deep purples, emeralds, cobalt blues and all form of Indian jewel tones on the red carpet. It’s time to push the envelope a little more, and I think Sonam has it in her to do it,” says Mehra.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Roberto Cavalli, back in 2014, was a big win. Photo: Reuters

Do it the Riviera way
Since experimentation is something all agree on, designer Anupama Dayal feels breaking the ‘formality’ of staple looks can help surpassing boring boundaries. “I would love to see someone take a more tropical turn. More risqué dressing, and a taste of free-wheeling fashion is required to keep the Cannes spirit alive. Going for bold flowers, and breezy silhouettes while ditching elaborate trails, stilt-high heels and rigid hair is what is needed. The resort, Riviera feel should remain intact!” she says.

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First Published: May 10, 2016 08:56 IST