Disaster @ Cannes: Aishwarya Rai's fashion faux pas

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will walk on May 13 and 14 as the brand ambassador of cosmetic giant L'Oreal Paris. (Agencies)

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off in glorious style on Wednesday evening.

Hollywood stars landed on the prestigious red carpet at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in the French Riviera-based town for the opening ceremony, a screening of Woody Allen's film Cafe Society.

Leading the glamour on the first night were the likes of actresses Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore, as well as Cafe Society's star Blake Lively who all paved the way for the other stars who arrived on the crimson runway in their well-dressed droves.

However, what has Bollywood got to offer at Cannes?

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is a Cannes veteran, will be walking the Cannes red carpet in her 15th consecutive year.

Aishwarya will walk on May 13 and 14 as the brand ambassador of cosmetic giant L'Oreal Paris.

Ms Rai has had few glorious fashion moments during her stint in the French Riviera but she also has a long list of faux pas at Cannes. Below are some pictures that capture her misplaced fashion sense at her previous outings at the event.

For her debut Cannes appearance Aishwarya wore a golden Neeta Lulla sari with heavy gold jewellery.

Aishwarya looked like a bag of gold in this ensemble. We wonder what she was thinking before wearing the yellow saree and piling on so many jewelries to match her traditional look.

The very next year, the world's most beautiful lady was a disaster on the red carpet. Aishwarya, who is the first Indian actor to be a jury member at the Cannes, wore a neon green Neeta Lulla sari with her hair tied in a bun.

The top knot, green sari and golden jewellry are a recipe for red carpet faux paux.

The fuchsia pink gown was just manageable, but that make-up ruins it all.

There were a series of badly chosen outfits at the Cannes that year. After her neon green sari, came a shimmering pink dress worn with diamonds that did not compliment her outfit and unkempt hair.

Her entire Indian inspired wardrobe seem to come out from a different era altogether.

This revealing Neeta Lulla gown at the Cannes red carpet is Aishwarya's most criticised outfit till date. The skin show is not flattering and the bluge on her back is prominently visible. She styled her look with Chopard jewellery.

 

The actress again made a fashion fiasco at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival with her hair done up in a huge puff.

By this time Elie Saab had become Aishwarya's favourite designer and she was seen in a violet mermaid gown with a train and sheer shoulders.

Aishwarya Rai looks like spring foliage in this green gown at Cannes.

The new mom Aishwarya Rai didn't get any browny points for her choice of grey Elie Saab gown which was clinging to her plus size curves.

2012 was the year, when Ash was criticised for her weight gain post pregnancy. Upon her arrival Aishwarya was first seen in an Angelo Katsapis maxidress. Then in a cream chikankari Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala with an embroidered jacket, which was a complete fashion disaster. After the amFAR gala Ash was spotted in a Roberto Cavalli kaftan.

She opened her Cannes fashion season by playing it safe in black, but then as the week wore on, she began to step out of the comfort zone, playing with colours, cuts and a new hairstyle.

The verdict on her one-shouldered, teal-blue, satin Gucci gown for the 'Cleopatra' premiere is that it was not a stunner.

Some have claimed that the former Miss World was unlucky to be clicked from rather unflattering angles.

The floor grazing long sleeved gown had floral bead heavy embroidery in white, pastel shades and gives you a déjà vu of a lovely persian carpet.

Fashion critics have often mourned Aishwarya's choice of gowns at Cannes, but she has also left them disappointed with her choice of ethnic outfits. (L) Aishwarya opted for a black lehenga-sari with golden embroidery by Sabyasachi for the evening gala of 'Bombay Talkies' celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema with matching golden hair accessory. (R) Aishwarya Rai's golden sari by Tarun Tahiliani for amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2013 was the worst dress at the Cannes red carpet.

Without mincing words let us put it this way - "All that glitters is not gold".

In 2015 the actress, along with Salma Hayek, Parker Posey, Christine Vachon and other dignitaries attended the discussion on gender equality.

Aishwarya was dressed in a Sabyasachi ensemble that included a printed jumpsuit with a matching long jacket. She accessorized her suit with a maroon belt, a matching sling bag. Her floral fetish was too much for our liking.

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