The name ‘Aishwarya Rai’ itself speaks volumes of her achievements and her fathomless beauty. She is definitely the reigning queen of Bollywood even in her 40’s. With charm and grace, this quintessential lady has won hearts of millions of people all over the world. Her red carpet walk in entrancing looks from Cannes is something every beauty enthusiast waits to behold. With the Cannes debut in the year 2003 as the first female from India to be on the jury till 2018, this journey has been tremendously gifting and is a proud thing to be cherished by all Indians. In this post, I have compiled 10 best looks of our former Miss World from Cannes over the last 10 years.
In the year 2009, she was sported in two different looks. Out of which, the one in which she looks absolutely stunning is from day one. In this look, she made an appearance in a Robert Cavalli strapless white gown paired with a pink Swarovski Clutch. Along with this, her hair was tied in a formal updo in which braids were added. She looked like the perfect fairytale princess in white. Though this look did not add an instant red carpet glam-chic quotient, she managed to pull it off with grace. She was also accompanied by hubby Abhishek Bachchan in this appearance and both looked like a beautiful power couple in white.
The following year, Raavan premiered at Cannes. In this year, she was spotted in four different looks. But the most memorable look was from her favourite designer Elie Saab. This was one of her iconic looks in which she featured in a powder blue coloured, fully embroidered, fish scale tiered, mermaid couture with train and sheer shoulders on the hands. This was accompanied with bouffant hairstyle and minimal makeup with nude lips. Forget the dress; the long curls added a touch of playfulness in this glam look. The look was quite subdued but she looked like a vision in this gown.
Elie Saab again became Aishwarya Rai’s favourite design this year. The one-shouldered embroidered pastel colour peplum gown from the spring collection stole millions of hearts at the red carpet. She tried two looks that year and this look became an instant hit among the fashion critics. The peplum dress cut became the perfect backdrop for her neat hair updo. She kept the makeup minimal and rocked the look with her breathtaking beauty. A Jimmy Choo ‘Cosma’ clutch and Chopard jewels completed the look. Her hair, makeup and gown everything was truly commendable.
In this year, she also announced to be a part of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion movie from which she later opted out due to pregnancy reasons.
This was the year when the beauty queen received a lot of hate comments for her sudden pregnancy weight gain. But, she shut the trollers up with her mind-blowing choice of gown once again by Elie Saab. The way she embraced her curves was really beautiful and that made her look sexier than before. Becoming a mother is the best feeling to a woman and she proudly carried those few extra kilos in the midnight blue Elie Saab gown. She kept the hairstyle simple with soft blow-dried layered hair. For the makeup, she opted for winged eyes and neutral lips. Hats off to her brave attempts that speak a lot about her confidence level which made her gain critical acclaim from international style gurus all over the world.
After choosing an array of light pastel and monochrome colours in the preceding years, 2013 was the year where she sported a number of different looks. She attended the premiere of Cleopatra in a tightly fitted regal teal Gucci gown. This was complemented by hot Fushcia lips which spiced up her avatar. The elegant hair top knot with braiding at the back is what steals the show. Her eyes were not smokey but were kept light with silver shimmers in them. The sculpted hairdo is nothing but ultimate perfection. Well, it isn’t unexpected from the most beautiful woman in the world right??
The look for Cannes 2014 in my personal opinion was the bestest of all the best looks so far. By this time, Aishwarya has lost all those extra pounds and was back to her sexy figure. The beauty queen looked marvellous in the Robert Cavalli strapless golden gown. This was further complemented by bold red lips and wavy and voluminous hairdo. She certainly dazzled in this scintillating golden gown with minimal accessories and the perfectly stunning red lips just added icing to the whole show. A flying kiss here and a wave there is all she needs to ace the red carpet walk.
The year 2015 was the year of a number of stunning looks by the beauty queen. Of all the looks, the one that grabbed a lot of attention was the one in which she featured in a black and white Ralph and Russo folded couture gown. The dramatic ruffles provided just the right amount of oomph to the look. She kept the makeup minimal with pinkish nude lips and diamond studs. The actress paired the monochrome gown with black nail paint and kept the accessories to a bare minimum. She opted for predictable soft waves for her waves but I feel a hair updo might have done the trick better. The look definitely outshined others with the glamour and extravaganza.
If you remember properly, this was the year when she committed the most talked about style blunder with pale purple lips. Whether it was for publicity or a style blunder that we don’t know, but the style surely created controversies and grabbed eyeballs in the negative way. Aishwarya tried and tested a lot of looks this year, but most of them were big failures with the only exception of a single look. The look I am talking about is the ensemble by the Kuwaiti designer Ali Younes. In this look, she flaunted a golden beaded cape gown and added a dash of glamour to the red carpet look with bold turquoise blue liner paired with smokey blue eyeshadow and bold eyelashes. The eye makeup was seriously dramatic and left no stone unturned to create the perfect red carpet style statement. Although, she kept the rest of the makeup nude and luminous, but the loose waves hairdo with parting at the centre acted as a catalyst to the style game. She looked ravishing in this gown with her elegant style statement which surely made her into a head turner.
All the experimented looks tried by the beauty queen turned out to be massive fashion hits in 2017. Be it the stunning floral Georges Hobeika gown or the red hot ruffled number with a fitted corset-styled bodice, Aishwarya looked ravishing in all the outfits. But, nothing could beat the gorgeous fairy-tale gown designed by Dubai-based Filipino designer, Michael Cinco Cinderella gown worn by her on day 3. This huge ball gown made her look like a real, beautiful princess. Her stylist, Aastha Sharma, did a great job in making her look like a beauty diva in this pastel blue off-shoulder ball gown. The accessories paired with this look were by Boucheron and she slayed it further with Ferrangamo’s shoes. She kept the hairstyle simple with poker straight hair and graced the red carpet by walking like a princess. Her lips were dark burgundy in colour which grabbed a lot of attention but she kept the eye makeup very subdues. Her skin looked quite dewy and glowing and I must admit that she has in fact defeated real Disney world princesses in the fashion game. If she would be cast as Cinderella, then I feel the decision wouldn’t have been too wrong. With this look, she again proved that she is the woman with indomitable spirit and the queen of hearts.
Let us talk about her best look from 2018 now. The Cannes film festival just took place in the month of May and her style appearances are still afresh in my mind. She starred in 5 glam looks this year and it is really tough to choose the best out of them. Can you guess which look I am going to talk about??? Yes, the one that left an indelible imprint I think on everyone’s minds is she picked a dramatic butterfly-inspired Michael Cinco dress in shades of purple, red and blue. The dress was 10-foot long and was sweeping on the ground and took 3,000 of man-hours to finish. It was intricately hand crafted to make it this exquisitely flighty and timeless. The dress was embellished in Swarovski crystals and French paillettes and has intricate thread works detailing. She kept her hair open in a poker straight style with centre portioning and for the makeup she opted for the classic red lips and smokey eyes. This time she opted for a wet look and absolutely nothing was out of place. The dress garnered a lot of media and critics attention and made her look like a real butterfly. I would rate it a perfect 10/ 10 perfect look.
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