Aishwarya Rai In Elie Saab Couture – 2011 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

This is how to kick off Cannes Film Festival.

The stunning Aishwarya Rai was a total knock out at the Opening Ceremony tonight in Cannes.

I love how regal the Indian beauty looks wearing an Elie Saab Spring 2011 Couture gown with a peplum at the waist.

The model didn’t do this stone coloured asymmetrical lightly embellished gown justice.

Aishwarya’s breath-taking gown is doing 20% of the work; she puts in the 80% by living up to her title of being one of the most beautiful women in the world.

I’m in love. Head over heels. Her hair, make-up; everything is total perfection.

A Jimmy Choo ‘Cosma’ clutch and Chopard jewels completed the look.

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61 Responses to Aishwarya Rai In Elie Saab Couture – 2011 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

  1. Emma May 17, 2013 at 13:54 #

    She looks like a dream in that dress. Perfect!

  2. mandora September 16, 2011 at 11:40 #

    A big fan of aishwarya! bigger fan of Saab. couple of things i did not like about her choice:

    firstly, the color looks washed away on her. she has a golden skin tone and looks like faded glory in that color

    and then, she has gained and lost pounds so often and it shows in this gown. her arms look slightly flabby which again would have not been obvious in a better color.

    the ruffle below the waist should flow away from the body and not hug like it hugs her! it only makes her look flabbier!

    please aishwarya! i’m a big fan! but that dress is too old and too blah! her make-up could do better too. her neck shows more age than anything about her.

  3. uhomuz May 30, 2011 at 06:00 #

    so old look. no freshness at face at all.. so so old look and dress is made of my momz home curtains. she look so old surgery. wen she was young she was stunning but now after having a lot of surgeries her face is devasted…

  4. thebest May 14, 2011 at 01:28 #

    aishwarya gets better with beauty and her body each year and age

  5. Malik May 13, 2011 at 11:07 #

    Totally complete evergreen package of beauty. grace, brain, talents, Aishwarya Rai.

  6. Jamie May 13, 2011 at 04:35 #

    Aish looks dazzling in this AWESOME Elie Saab gown! She always looks fantastic, but with this dress she absolutely looks regal! Fantastic dress!

  7. Jazz May 13, 2011 at 04:13 #

    she looks sooo sophisticated and regal. LOVE

  8. guest May 12, 2011 at 21:13 #

    i think she looks wider than she actually is, so i would have to say that the dress is simply not flattering :/

  9. Sukriti May 12, 2011 at 08:25 #

    I love this combination of elie saab n aishwarya rai. Its jst WOW..:)
    But as usual she will get flak by some indians for not wearing an indian attire..

  10. roxana May 12, 2011 at 07:16 #

    i can’t believe how beautiful she is!

  11. Ayesha May 12, 2011 at 05:23 #

    i like it…i KNEW she would wear Elie Saab!

  12. ss May 12, 2011 at 05:03 #

    she is looking stunning
    love the dress 😉

  13. Nancy May 12, 2011 at 03:02 #

    the dress looks so outdated. Not liking anything here..her makeup is all shiny.

  14. Jennesia May 12, 2011 at 01:16 #

    She looks so beautiful, its simple and understated but still makes such an impact.

  15. Giada May 12, 2011 at 00:17 #

    Stunning women but I don’t like this dress. Can’t really put my finger on it, but this dress doesn’t look classy or chic but dated and drab. The relatively conservative cut of the dress, the classic nude color, the formal hair; the entire look ages her.

  16. Jes May 11, 2011 at 23:44 #

    Um excuse me but she is NOT the most beautiful woman in the world. I hate these hypocrite celebs who give themselves self-proclaiming titles like this. I have seen way more stunning woman than this person here who looks 1000x better without makeup. I love the hair but makeup is horrendous.

    • Jazz May 13, 2011 at 04:13 #

      aishwarya would never give herself that title. she’s said in her opinion angelina is the most beautiful woman in the world for both her looks and many acts of charity. aishwarya was given this title by numerous magazines and groups across the world for years, she didn’t ask for it- her face just got it for her.

    • numberone May 14, 2011 at 01:24 #

      excuse me…the title “most beautiful woman in the world ” came from Julia Roberts..and aishwarya has earned that title she deserves till today and forever ..she is timeless, class, perfection, beauty personified…irreplaceable

  17. Pablo May 11, 2011 at 21:14 #

    I actually wanted to comment but have nothing to say. Everything’s so on point… Outstanding.

  18. Emi May 11, 2011 at 21:03 #

    I don’t think she looks so stunning, I don’t like the color of the dress, maybe it’s not right for her skin tone, I don’t know, because I like it on the model. She looks good but not so wow….

  19. Lucía May 11, 2011 at 20:56 #

    New favorite, I love this. Perfection.

  20. ritesh dhiradj May 11, 2011 at 20:08 #

    Wouw what else could we have expected from Aishwarya soo goodlooking stunning love her.

  21. ayishaa May 11, 2011 at 19:51 #

    GORGEOUS!!! She looks stunning

  22. Jennifer May 11, 2011 at 19:14 #

    I saw this and the first thing that shot through my mind was, “Werk it girl!” She is drop dead gorgeous. BDOTW/BDOTD so far for me, even with Uma and Karolina showcased already.

  23. f4fashion May 11, 2011 at 19:09 #

    I must say this was not my favorite dress from the collection but when Cannes is kicked off with Elie Saab couture, I really can’t complain. Aishwarya is looking amazing too. Can’t wait for 12 days of pure fashion and for more Elie Saab.

  24. Rizwan May 11, 2011 at 19:08 #

    Heavenly gorgeous………!!!!!

  25. Grazia for Fashionwidget May 11, 2011 at 18:46 #

    Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!

  26. Hisadora May 11, 2011 at 18:43 #

    She looks more than amazing!!!! Head to toe PERFECTION.

  27. Laura May 11, 2011 at 18:43 #

    Amazing. I have no words for this level of stunning.

  28. Neo May 11, 2011 at 18:41 #

    love Aishwarya.

  29. Matt R May 11, 2011 at 18:36 #

    Wow. Talk about gorgeous. She is killin me with her beauty and this gown looks amazing on her.

  30. Rashmi May 11, 2011 at 18:27 #

    I saw one of her closeup pics… She looks absolutely stunning…

  31. Marvel May 11, 2011 at 18:27 #

    A lovely look. I dont expect anything less from her

  32. fromchi-town May 11, 2011 at 18:27 #

    Absolutely gorgeous!! She is totally working it!

  33. Kévin May 11, 2011 at 18:22 #

    Here we go <3 This is how your work a gown.

  34. B May 11, 2011 at 18:22 #

    That is all.

    • Fashion Critic May 11, 2011 at 18:24 #


  35. Elena May 11, 2011 at 18:18 #

    She looks AMAZING. The color is perfection on her skin tone. I totally agree, FC, the model did not do this dress justice!

  36. Megan May 11, 2011 at 18:17 #

    LOVE! She looks amazing. Long live Elie Saab!!!

  37. Rebecca May 11, 2011 at 18:16 #

    She is very beautiful, but I have to say this look is a little bridal for me.

  38. mm May 11, 2011 at 18:14 #

    Gorgeous. The rail thin model make the dress look baggy, poor fitting. Aishwarya Rai is perfection. Wow would love to see this dress in more colors too

  39. IloveNorway May 11, 2011 at 18:11 #

    She looks beautiful.

    Cannes is my favorite fashion event of the year.Not the oscars or the Met gala,beause it lasts for days.Whats you favorite fashion event FC?

  40. noo May 11, 2011 at 18:10 #

    loooooooooovely 😀 hopefully FC you’re going to do a best dressed of the day poll like last year because it’s already hard to pick a best dressed person in cannes 😀 😀
    PS: i found out about your blog last year because i was looking for cannes fashion coverage and yours was by far the best! my love and knowledge for fashion have grown thanks to you 😀 😀

  41. Fashionmeal May 11, 2011 at 18:08 #

    Yeah I take back what I said. She looks stunning, no less. LOVE this look. Wasn’t a big fan of the clutch though. :\ But I give her a 10 on 10 for this one anyway.

  42. allie May 11, 2011 at 18:07 #


  43. Lils May 11, 2011 at 18:04 #

    I don’t like the dress at all. It looks like it spend 20 years in an attic.

    • Gigi May 11, 2011 at 18:15 #

      I agree. Looooove Elie Saab usually, but think this one is my granma’s old tablecloth. And I don’t care for the color on her either.

      • dee May 11, 2011 at 18:29 #

        I agree. I think I would like this more if it were a different color.

      • KateS May 12, 2011 at 02:59 #

        I think there’s something oatmeal-ish about it. Would have loved it in a colour.

    • Ashley May 11, 2011 at 18:33 #

      Agree. She is too beautiful to be wearing this

      • sparkz May 12, 2011 at 02:06 #

        damn im so angry….only her face looks nice da rest is so damn …eish im gonna cry…….but i blame loreal…..its there fault………she sould resign,

        • Jahan May 15, 2011 at 21:04 #

          Respect your sentiment, but if she resigned, she would have little reason to be at Cannes in the first place. 🙂

    • justme May 11, 2011 at 19:22 #

      It kills me to admit it but I agree. I love Elie, I love Aishwarya but this isn’t a good look imo.

    • Gaber May 11, 2011 at 19:24 #

      I am going with this.
      I really dislike this look.

      • Vidhya May 12, 2011 at 04:45 #

        I agree… here in India, we have seen Ash in such gorgeous colourful looks that this pales in comaprison. Plus I really dont like the texture of the dress..

    • gia May 13, 2011 at 13:42 #

      The dress is beautiful but Aishwarya is not justifiable to it. She has grown flabby and it destroys the symmetry of the dress.
      And PS: Cannes is international so please don’t compare it to the Indian Colors.

      • Fashion Critic May 13, 2011 at 13:51 #

        I find it strange that every time I post on Aishwarya the majority of the negative “fat/flabby/overweight” comments are coming from a section of the community I thought would’ve been happy to see her featured on this site.

        I have had to delete so many comments saying she is fat, which I find really disgusting.

        Why in this day and age can’t we accept people of all sized and races?

        Rai is 37 years old. She’s not as slender as she used to be but it doesn’t matter because she is now more womanly and more beautiful than she’s ever been.

        Please get past the weight ‘non’ issue because it’s getting boring.

        • Lils May 13, 2011 at 22:54 #

          Well said FC! I don’t like the dress but it doesn’t have anything to do with Ash’s body she is perfect. She doesn’t have to look like a skeleton to be considered breathtaking.
          Also, Gia’s comment about not compairing to india colours is totally irrelevant! I’m not even Indian and she could have worn the dress in black I would have been happy

        • sweetz May 22, 2011 at 20:17 #

          i agree to you…….
          she is natural n others do surgery n stuff to get in to shape……
          she still looks sexy with her curves….
          nobody can look as beautiful as she is…….

      • meret November 24, 2011 at 03:11 #

        India is very much part of the global fashion scene – in fact, a fashion dictator as far as colors go…so what is Gia talking about?!

  44. Alina May 11, 2011 at 18:03 #


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