The Indian face of Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai will once again walk the red carpet this year, as brand ambassador of beauty brand L’Oreal Paris, which is completing 16 years as the official make-up partner for the Cannes festival. The actress, who made her debut appearance at Cannes in 2002 for promoting her film “Devdas”, has been a regular at the festival since then, making this the 12th time .
Ash’s wardrobe selection at Cannes has always remained a topic of discussion for everyone back home. From gowns to dresses to sarees, Aishwarya has tried almost everything at the red carpet all these years. While she was criticized for some of her choices, we really loved a few of them. Here is a look back at various outfits Aishwarya Rai donned, over the years.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla creation; a cream saree and an embroidered blouse at the red carpet in 2012.
This year was again a disaster. Though Aishwarya looked stunning in an Armani Prive dress, the unforgivable flab, predictable hair-do, flaky make-up and mismatched accessories failed miserably. However, she was a head turner when she wore an Ellie Saab Spring 2011 Couture gown with a peplum at the waist.
It was a shimmery Armani gown with her hair tied up and red lippy color for her 2010 appearance. Though she took a chance by going all bold, we thought she looked too fierce for the day.
Aishwarya Rai looked gorgeous in a strapless milky white Roberto Cavalli gown. It was a pleasent change to see the actress swap the heavy gold jewellery with elegant diamond pieces.
The fuschia Roberto Cavalli gown worked wonders for her in 2008, as she walked alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.
The then newly wed was glowing on the red carpet as she walked along side her hubby Abhishek Bachcahn. Though the gown was not all that impressive, there was something about her that made her look adorable.
It was an Elie Saab body hugging navy blue gown for Aishwarya at her 2006 appearance. Her hair and make up was excellent and her choice to go the gown way was a breather. Aishwarya Rai attend the ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ premiere during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 18, 2006.
Finally, we got to see Ash go trendy on the red carpet. The actress chose a floral gown by Giorgio Armani, which was a refreshing change from her predictable over the top heavily embellished outfits. Ash attended the premiere of ‘Match Point’ at the Palais during the 58th International Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2005.
The awful white gown by designer Neeta Lulla was yet again a big let down. Her look was slammed across the board. The actress attended the 57th International Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony and screening of the film ‘La Mala Educacion’ at the Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 12, 2004 in Cannes.
It was a Neeta Lulla parrot green saree for the beauty queen in the year 2003. The hideous green sari was too loud and gaudy and did not find many admirers. According to us, this was her biggest fashion letdown ever.
Aishwarya Rai made her first ever appearance at Cannes in the year 2002 for the premier of her movie Devdas. She wore a yellow golden saree, teaming it with over dramatic gold jewellery. Since this was the first time, the actress could be excused.
It is speculated that she will be seen in an Indian avatar at Cannes this year.