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Amidst much speculation and brouhaha, actress Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan made her much-awaited red carpet debut at the 65th International Cannes Film Festival, Wednesday. The actor, a regular on the French Riviera, made her 11th consecutive appearance at the prestigious festival.
Ash has been in the news for quite some time now, especially for her weight-gain post delivery, which explained the curiosity over her outing on the red carpet.
The actress, who first made a chic appearance at the media call, wore a black, white and gray Angelo Katsapis floor-length gown. She later chose to wear an Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla creation at amfAR — a classic chikankari in a dulce de leche sari, offset with a multi-coloured zardosi blouse. The fashion circuit is already in a tizzy.
DNA asked a few designers their verdict on Ash’s look. Says designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed, “It’s wonderful that she carries the Indian look so well. It accentuates her curves while being elegant. Quite becoming. As for the black and white look, I think it’s a very contemporary design and is in keeping with her present body proportion. Very chic and very resort.”
Designer Rocky S says that she looks lovely in the maxi: “She has left everyone spellbound with her flamboyance. The gold base embellished top, worked upon with jeweled shade tone and dazzled with gold brocade, complements the classic toned down cream base sari. It is a perfect combination of beauty and elegance.”
Fashion designer Ana Singh also believes that she looks gorgeous in the sari. “The draping is done very beautifully and sets it off nicely with the jacket. It’s trademark Abu-Sandeep. Both the looks complement her current shape.”
Fashion designer Lina Tipnis echoes, “The sari is very eclectic, elegant, and regal. Ash is Ash, she is too beautiful. The structured look definitely works well with all that maternal weight. The ombre gown is not a new style, but I love her hair, it’s so 80s, so Charlie’s Anglels!” Designer Archana Kochhar also agrees, “She’s looking lovely in both creations. I love the fact that she’s not succumbed to the pressures of expectations.” What with most designers here giving her look a thumbs-up, it seems Ash has convincingly shushed carping critics this time round.