Split per­son­al­ity on the red car­pet

Bol­ly­wood di­vas need to stop swing­ing wildly be­tween the most bor­ing and the most sen­sa­tional looks at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val

Mail Today - - LIFE & STYLE - By Rad­hika Bhalla

IT’S AL­MOST a case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for In­dian ac­tresses at the Cannes red car­pet. It might be some­thing in the air of the French Riviera, or the blue­ness of the Côte d'Azur that throws them off. For even the loveli­est of our di­vas fall prey to fash­ion faux pas at the one time when the en­tire worlds eyes are upon them.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a sea­soned at­tendee of the pres­ti­gious film fes­ti­val swung be­tween style ex­tremes at the fes­ti­val this year. On the one hand, a daz­zling but­ter­fly in­spired gown by Filipino de­signer Michael Cinco en­sured that she was the belle of the French ball. She floated upon the red run­way, ef­fort­lessly over­shad­ow­ing the ac­tresses of the world be­fore and af­ter her. What a de­light it was to see her, Aish’s hour­glass fig­ure brought to life the ex­otic dress, its 20-foot trail made a sweep­ing state­ment, and her mane and pout com­manded at­ten­tion with the con­fi­dence of a woman who knows she looks gor­geous.

So why she would choose to wear one of the Man­ish Arora’s dowdi­est cre­ations for an of­fi­cial photo shoot is any­one’s guess. The off-shoul­der maxi in pas­tel blue looked as washed out as her make-up. I wouldn’t en­tirely fault the de­signer here — Arora has one of the most fer­tile imag­i­na­tions in kitschy cloth­ing. In that case, it begs the ques­tion, who­dun­nit? Ei­ther Aish or her stylist played fash­ion tricks with this choice, but truth be told, we’re un­nec­es­sar­ily con­fused.

This hot and cold style wasn’t re­stricted to her alone. Let’s take a look at Deepika Padukone. Her first day on the red car­pet fea­tured pos­si­bly one of the most pre­dictable looks — a cas­cad­ing white and nude gown by Zuhair Mu­rad, with a sexy plung­ing neck­line and cape trail, vin­tage waves and nude lip­stick. Oh well. All one can say is that the look was safe and some­thing she should be sorry for, to re­verse the adage.

The uni­verse must have found a way to con­vey this sen­ti­ment to Padukone, for the next day she (over) com­pen­sated for it with a funky fuschia pink, origami­pleated cou­ture gown by Ashi Stu­dio. Dra­matic to its last stitch, she wore the gown like a pro, and the deep pink pointed heels and Columbian emer­ald ear­rings by Lor­raine Schwartz were the cherry on the stylish ic­ing. But to stick her tongue out at the un­sus­pect­ing pho­tog­ra­phers like that? I’m re­minded of a pho­to­graph of Prince Harry with Lady Diana, where he pulled-off a sim­i­lar stunt in his early years. It was cute then, and ev­ery­one smiled. This is quite the op­po­site, and I can’t make head or tail of it.

NO, DEEPIKA. You may have cleaned your tongue a hun­dred times over, but this is not the way one gets no­ticed across the globe. Play around with your per­sonal style in­stead, next time?

How can a review of Cannes fash­ion be com­plete with­out a look at Sonam Kapoor Ahuja. The newly-wed had made her red car­pet de­but post-mar­riage at the event, and ever her me­hendi hadn’t come off till then. One couldn’t be hap­pier for the gush­ing bride, she was all-smiles at the show. But to wear what re­sem­bled a lehenga by Ralph & Russo, or a dis­pro­por­tion­ate dress by Delpozo is not what is ex­pected from a fash­ion author­ity of her stature.

You see, one has seen the ac­tress in dressier styles for lo­cal events in Mum­bai, and been taken aback by their flam­boy­ance, given how the events were held some two streets away from her home. The choice of gar­ments at Cannes was al­most lack­lus­tre in com­par­i­son, un­mem­o­rable to say the least.

Dear Bol­ly­wood ladies at the Cannes red car­pet. We un­der­stand your de­sire to look your best at the fes­ti­val. How­ever, we can­not un­der­stand what con­fuses you so much about the its dress code.

We are quite cer­tain it has noth­ing to do with the iconic movie Seeta Aur Geeta. Do us a favour, and try show­ing some con­sis­tency in choice, style and stan­dards. Our weak hearts can no longer han­dle the roller coaster ride that your fash­ion choices put us through.

Mind your tongue: Deepika Padukone wore a funky fuch­sia gown by Ashi Stu­dio (left) on one day, and a pre­dictable cape gown by Zuhair Mu­rad (right) on the other. The hair­style was changed to match each out­fit.

The new­ly­wed Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.

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