Aishwarya Rai Joined by Sonam Kapoor & Mallika Sherawat at Cannes

We told you Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would not be the only Indian leading lady to walk the red carpet at the 64th Annual Cannes International Film Festival. After Mrs. Rai Bachchan and Minissha Lamba last week, it was Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat’s turn to take over the stage in France.

Sonam Kapoor

The moment we all had been waiting for –  Sonam Kapoor’s arrival at Cannes. For the unacquainted, Anil Kapoor’s daughter is arguably the MVP of Bollywood fashion. Renowned for both her runway and street style, the young fashionista took the words ‘bring it‘ to another level in a daring Jean Paul Gautlier Couture gown from Spring 2009.

The dress itself is precisely what Jean Paul Gautlier is known for — daring, sculpted pieces of art. Sonam is absolutely rocking it with her poise and self-confidence (and looks drop-dead gorgeous with perfect makeup and hair). We love the mix of white and grey, but our only gripe is the sheer sleeve. Not only is it a little too Freida Pinto at the Oscars (also in Jean Paul Gautlier), but it generally looks a tad unnecessary.

Ok, we have one more gripe: the back, while complimenting the dramatic train, is slightly unflattering. Though very early 19th-century Britain, the flap detail at her backside just isn’t our cup of tea. We give Ms. Kapoor major props for firmly announcing her presence on the red carpet through sartorial risk-taking, but the details needed that extra bit of attention. Also, we are waiting for some color from our Indian ladies. What happened to spring pastels?

Photo: L'Oreal

Now this look of Ms. Kapoor’s, from a backstage shoot for L’Oreal, is literally to die for. Wearing Vivienne Westwood and looking a-freaking-mazing, Sonam has old-school Hollywood glamor written all over her. The shades, red lips and the curls — swoon. A++ to whoever is behind the styling.

Photo: L'Oreal

Also snapped behind-the-scenes was Ms. Kapoor in vintage Lanvin. We immediately like on account of color, plus Lady S kept it simple with her hair pulled back and minimal makeup — perfect for a daytime look. Extra points for not ruining the low neckline with a necklace. Effortlessly chic.

Rounding off her first day at Cannes (how’s that for action-packed day?), Sonam sported a black-and-white polka dot Masaba Gupta sari with a hint of color peeking out at the pleats. As with Masaba G’s designs, the sari is quirky fun at its best — but if we had to pick, we’d have chosen one of MG’s more colorful saris. Also, the hair is fine but the makeup is a little too severe and just isn’t blending with the overall look. We appreciate her donning an Indian designer and a sari no less, but we also know if there is anyone who is capable of fashion perfection, it is Sonam Kapoor. The back of the blouse, however, is smoking hot. Did someone say bringing sexy back?

Photo: Rhea Kapoor's Twitter

Mallika Sherawat

As many who follow the world of celebrity fashion would know by now, one can never be sure what to expect when Mallika Sherawat hits the red carpet. Sometimes her very name has us running for cover, because if there is one thing you do know, it is that the woman knows no limits. And while yours truly will forever link to that photo to remind everyone of the horror that once was, it seems Ms. Sherawat herself decided to pay homage to that …thing (I’m sorry, but I will never refer to the Inglorious Basterds premiere debacle as a ‘look’) while walking the lal carpet for the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”.

As is often the case with Mallika, her see-through dress leaves little to the imagination. The gown, by Eric Tibusch, features lace with beaded embellishments. And then there is the cage on her shoulders — sorry, the “structured detail” we should say (really we don’t know what to call it, but we are not fans). The big (and somewhat messy) hair did little to help her cause, and the makeup screams soft as opposed to edgy. Call me overly critical of Ms. Sherawat’s style, but if you are not Leighton Meester, I do not want to see what is under your dress.

Photo: Getty Images

And just when we thought the skin-bearing woman is incapable of changing it up, Mallika showed up to the Art of Elysium 3rd Annual Paradis Event in a light Alexander McQueen celtic lace dress. This is a refreshing change from someone who seemingly doesn’t know what the word ‘understated’ means. The open-toe black pumps would not be our first choice of footwear to go with this particular dress, but let’s be real. This is about the most presentable Mallika can get.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Before going into an apparent Cannes hibernation, spotted was her royal highness at two daytime events (presumably both for L’Oreal, her reason for being a festival regular in the first place). Can we all just take a moment to talk about how gorgeous this woman is? The more she hits the red carpet, the more it becomes apparent that Ash’s age has begun to show. But then you see a photo like the one below to the left and it’s like 1999 all over again. Also, note the wonder that the black halter jumpsuit does to her figure. If her outfit choices on the carpet seemed ill-fitting, her daytime wear was anything but! Also, she always does look better with her hair down. To the right she is sporting a Lanvin silk trench dress, per the wisdom of the ladies over at High Heel Confidential, and again it’s like she shed about 20 pounds overnight. The color and mood of the dress is just right given the clouds behind her, though we’d have loved a pop of color by way of shoe. The black strappy heels don’t exactly gel with the laid-back casualness she seems to be going for.

Photo: L'Oreal

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  • AB

    This is awesome! I love the Red Carpet Cannes fashion – even if it’s bad – it’s fun to see how India gets represented each year. This is a pretty in depth account of the fashions, and I like that – the other places just feature pictures and quick notes…yay divanee!

  • Preethi

    Awesome post! Slightly disappointed with the lack of indian outfits on the red carpet (save Sonam kapoor’s sari, which to me seems more curtain than it does sari. Totally agree with your comment on Aishwariya’s casual wear! Still..would love to see these ladies in a gorgeous lengha, sari, or churidar!

  • Sana Anam Anwar

    Dear Goodness I cant explain how excited I get when I see a fashion post by you! These are always so much fun to read and I agree with everything.

    The back of Sonam Kapoor’s sari?! AMAAZZINNGGGG
    And the grey/white dress is BEAUTIFUL.
    Malika Sherawat? DISASTER. But yeah we’ve seen worse…..unfortunately and she actually looks….pretty in the white dress….and classy….and not embarassing….

    And Aish looks gorgeous in those pictures. You’re right, it’s like ’99 all over again

    LOVE this