When the 67th Festival de Cannes kick started on May 14, all eyes (at least in India) waited with a bated breath to see that one person walk the red carpet who some loved to ‘love’ while others loved to ‘hate’. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan finally touched upon Cannes, after some hiccups, on May 17 with her two-year-old daughter, Aaradhya to attend the 67th Cannes International Film Festival. The forty-year-old made her Cannes debut in 2002 and was appointed the brand ambassador of L’Oreal Paris in 2003. This was her 13th consecutive appearance at the French Riviera.
Aishwarya, who is often quoted as one the most beautiful women in the world, received much flak from the fashion police for not having lost her post-delivery weight quickly. While she silently and ‘happily’ embraced motherhood without giving a care about her weight, harsh weight watchers mocked her for her ‘double chin’! Though Aishwarya surely took her time, she silenced the gurus of fashion as she showcased her new hourglass figure at the festival.
She swayed her way through the French Riviera leaving the paparazzi asking for more. Quite surprisingly, they experienced no trouble in pronouncing her name! Let’s take a look at what she wore on her 5-day trip.
DAY ONE (May 18, 2014)
Aishwarya put up at Hotel Martinez at Cannes during the festival with other L’Oreal ambassadors.
DAY TWO (May 19, 2014)
Aishwarya and fashionista Freida Pinto bonded over a special L’Oreal Paris photo cum ad shoot at Cannes. This was the first time that the two lovely ladies worked together. Eva Longoria and Natasha Polly also joined them for the glamorous shoot being directed by Norman Jean Roy.
DAY THREE (May 20, 2014)
On her first red carpet appearance, Aishwarya looked like a million bucks when she donned a dazzling gold strapless mermaid-cut gown Roberto Cavallli Atelier gown. She seductively carried off red lipstick and magnificent curls as she hurled flying kisses while the shutterbugs captured her every moment at the red carpet. Reports say that American singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth wore the same gown to the Academy Awards last year. But who cares?!
DAY FOUR (May 21, 2014)
Her second appearance at the prestigious film festival was equally memorable. The beautiful actress again rocked a Roberto Cavalli for the premiere of the film “The Search”. The silver tassled gown accentuated her newly-toned body. Rai completed the look with pear-shaped diamond drop earrings by Chopard. Her make-up was light as she went for softly-done smokey eye wear. Aishwarya gave a side parting to her voluminous waves.
DAY 5 (May 22, 2014)
For the amfAR soiree, Aishwarya kept it simple with a cream-coloured shimmery Fall 2013 Armani Prive gown and Chopard jewelry. She let others’ imagination go wild by opting for turquoise eye-shadow and red lipstick. Her fair and flawless complexion had never come out so beautifully! She hosted the gala along with fellow actor and hubby of seven years, Abhishek Bachchan, which saw the likes of Sharon Stone, Lana Del Rey and John Travolta.
The Bachchan family leave for a vacation after this. The festival ends on May 25.