By: Express Features Service
It’s been an eventful weekend for the Bollywood beauties, as they made the most of their Cannes outing. Taking over from Katrina Kaif, who made a flaming appearance as the ‘Lady in Red’ on the red carpet on May 15, were actors Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, brand ambassadors for beauty label L’Oreal Paris.
For the style maven Kapoor — whose red carpet appearances are always keenly watched — expectations were riding high this time too and she didn’t disappoint. Her choice of a ruffled sari paired with a sheer blouse in ivory by designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla might have been a bit overwhelming for the press meets, but she carried it off well. For the red carpet, she chose a bold, off-shoulder Ralph & Russo couture gown in blue, from the label’s Spring 2014 collection. The Chopard diamond jewellery and a pair of Zanotti sandals complemented the look. It was a wise choice to wear her hair down in a side-wept style. Interestingly, she followed this bright appearance with a subdued one in a cream-hued gown with a plunging neckline by Ashi Studio, for the launch of Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna’s book at the India pavilion.
From here, all eyes shifted to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s arrival at the panel discussion on gender equality, on the sidelines of the film festival. A veteran on the Cannes red carpet, Aishwarya didn’t play safe with this outing. Instead, she sprung a surprise by stepping out in a floral jumpsuit and matching floral cape by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The outfit from the designer’s recent Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2015 was not easy to pull off but the actor kept the styling simple, complete with a clutch and belt to match. The good run continued on the red carpet as well, with Aishwarya dressed in a teal gown with sheer panels by Elie Saab. A label popular with the actor, we liked the fact that she too chose to wear her hair down and went dramatic with the eye makeup. The oxblood lip colour and a stunning cocktail ring added to the charm.