April 1, 2020

Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes Film Festival Top 10 Red Carpet Moments Since 2010

Posted by Catherine Kallon
Aishwarya Rai 2010 'On Tour' Premiere in Armani Prive

When it comes to Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, we mostly see her once a year during Cannes Film Festival.

She has been a regular on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for 16 years now, and she was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the 2003 festival, and in that same year she became a global brand ambassador for L’Oreal.

Since the festival has been cancelled this year, here is a look at my top 10 looks from 2010 in order of date, rather than preference.

2010: ‘On Tour’ Premiere in Armani Privé

This was one of her more decadent moments that deserved a world stage like Cannes.  By this point I was already a huge fan of Aishwarya’s beauty and style.

2011: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Premiere in Armani Privé

There has always been a perception that Aishwarya was strictly a gala gown girl when it comes to this festival, but this Armani Prive Fall 2011 dress – which was modified from the runway – proves that even back then she was taking risks in what would’ve been considered an avant garde look for her. I have thought that if I was to rewind this moment, I would lose the clutch.  But I think she carried it to give her other arm something to do while giving the pose some shape.  Hands on the hip wouldn’t have worked because that side is higher than the other.

2012:  ‘Cosmopolis’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Elie Saab Haute Couture

This was a stunning look for Aishwarya.  But sadly I remember it for all the wrong reasons.  The actress had just given birth had daughter Aaradhya eight months prior (I believe), and there was heavy criticism about her weight – which still blows my mind. I truly admire her for not bowing down to any pressure to conform to what is “expected.”  You don’t need to be a sample size to be fashionable.  On this day I fell even more in love with her.

Aishwarya Rai 2013 amfAR’s 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS in Tarun Tahiliani

2013: amfAR’s 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS in Tarun Tahiliani

Cannes is not Cannes without out one traditional moment from the Indian or Asian actresses who grace the event.  This event showcased Carine Roitfeld’s ‘Ultimate Gold Collection’ fashion show, so Aishwarya was on brand, and on theme in this gold sari with matching accessories.  The embroidery was stunning, but the ombre hemline is simple sensational. I love how it gives the look a modern feel.

Aishwarya Rai ‘Two Days, One Night’ Deux Jours, Une Nuit Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Roberto Cavalli

2014: ‘Two Days, One Night’ (‘Deux Jours, Une Nuit’) Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Roberto Cavalli

Remember when Roberto Cavalli used to rule Cannes? Ah..those were the days.  No one was more shocked than me to see Aishwarya hit the red carpet in 2014 wearing this sultry number.  It was so off brand for the actress, yet, by the same token is was made to showcase that she can sparkle with the best of them.  For me, this was one of her most unexpected and iconic Cannes moments.

Aishwarya Rai 2015 Youth’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Ralph & Russo Couture

2015:‘Youth’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Ralph & Russo Couture

This was another major moment for me, and Ralph & Russo who dressed the global superstar.  Again this look was fashion forward, oozing with plenty of glamour and elegance.  I love that Aishwarya let dress do all the talking.

2016: From The Land And The Moon (Mal De Pierres) in Rami Kadi Couture

This was a tricky year.  Not because it was the year the site was closed. Mostly because her Rami Kadi Couture gown was my favourite of the three looks she wore that year, but it was ruined by the purple lipstick.  Her Elie Saab Couture gown washed her out.  And I kinda feel that we’d been-there-and-done-that with this gold Ali Younes Couture gown.  So despite the lipstick, the Rami Kadi gown was the stand out.

Aishwarya Rai 2017 ‘Okja’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Michael Cinco Couture

2017: ‘Okja’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Michael Cinco Couture

For my first Cannes Film Festival returning to RCFA, I was totally underwhelmed by what celebs were giving us.  There was a glamour famine until my queen sent me to fashion heaven wearing this fairytale Michael Cinco Couture gown.  It still gives me goosebumps to this day, and will always be her most icon red carpet moment.

2018:  ‘Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Michael Cinco Couture

2018:  ‘Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Michael Cinco Couture

Perhaps anticipating that most would expect another gala gown, Aishwarya switched gears, while still sticking with Michael Cinco.  Such a bold butterfly print had never been part of her red carpet journey, but as I always say, when it comes to Cannes…all bets are off.

Aishwarya Rai 2019  ‘La Belle Epoque’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Ashi Studio Haute Couture

2019:  ‘La Belle Epoque’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere in Ashi Studio Haute Couture

After her bold experimentation in Jean-Louis Sabaji Couture didn’t quite pay off, Aishwarya’s second outing in Ashi Studio Haute Couture proved more fruitful.  At least in my eyes.

Of these 10 looks, which was your favourite?

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29 Responses to Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes Film Festival Top 10 Red Carpet Moments Since 2010

  1. JOYITA April 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm #

    My favourites are

    1. 2017. As you said, and i agree, it still gives me goosebumps.
    2. 2015. Very creative and original design and perfectly carried off by her.
    3. 2014. One of her most iconic
    4. 2018 . Different and so beautiful.Also very iconic.

    I would also be grateful if you do posts on the following.

    1. Top 10 Oscar looks
    2. Top 10 Cannes looks/moments
    3. Top 10 Met gala looks
    4. Top 10 Catherine’s ( DOC) looks ( she has improved so much the last two years)
    5. Top 10 Cate Blanchett looks
    6. Top 10 Sonam Kapoor looks (especially Cannes)
    7. Top 10 Golden Globes looks
    8. Top 10 Fan Bing Bing’s looks
    9. Top 10 Helen Mirron looks
    10. Top 10 Princess Diana looks ( yes i know she is from another era, but she was a fashion
    icon and some of her dresses continue inspire modern

  2. CN April 3, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

    She really is quite the force of nature at Cannes!
    What a fun retrospective! I hope you’ll consider doing this for other stars.

  3. Catarina_M April 3, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    I love this posts. The Tarun Tahiliani for me.

  4. Racord April 2, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

    Love this top 10 throw backs!

    May I suggest one of Diane Kruger top 10 old days? For me, she’s unbeatable when she is at her best (long time ago without seing that best).

    Thank you for your amazing work Catherine! X

  5. TeaAtTwo April 2, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

    The 2015 Ralph and Russo look is one my favourite of the decade though it didn’t make my top 10. I think she had a quite a strong run that year at Cannes.
    I had forgotten about the 2013 glorious gold look, thanks for the reminder. Definitely one of her best looks too.

  6. jane April 2, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

    Loved the top 10! Aishwarya always goes bold in Cannes, I just can’t get enough of her! The 2017 dress is always at my heart….

  7. Sharon M April 2, 2020 at 11:00 am #

    Thanks Catherine! I SO look forward to your emails in the morning!

  8. Rashmi April 2, 2020 at 3:34 am #

    Thanks for this post! My fav is the look from 2015.
    And here is my fav saree look at cannes

    She never disappoints

  9. pheephee April 2, 2020 at 1:15 am #

    O boy. imma gonna LOVE these ‘top best’ posts!!

    I also love Aishwarya Rai’s fashion moments. She has had a lot of them.
    I’m still a sucker for the butterfly dress. So cool and colourful.
    Michael Cinco makes amazing gowns!!

    And that traditional Tarun Tahiliani sari is beyond beautiful.

  10. Nora April 1, 2020 at 11:13 pm #

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been hoping for some flashbacks. Will you do some for the Met?

    • Catherine Kallon April 1, 2020 at 11:52 pm #

      My pleasure. I have a whole load in the pipe line: Keira Knightley Best Chanel.

      Angelina Jolie’s best black red carpet moments…

      • Kat April 2, 2020 at 6:40 am #

        Sounds great!

      • Nat39 April 2, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

        Wonderful ideas! Looking forward to Angelina’s black moments 🙂
        I’ve got potentially another one – “2016 what we’ve missed”. I’m sure some/many of us are still curious what you thought about some of the best moments that year (besides Michelle Obama’s gold look) and technically they were never featured on RCFA 🙂 we can catch up with them now!

        • Pheephee April 3, 2020 at 1:21 am #

          YES!! That was my own thought also. ‘2016 – what we missed’ would be extraordinary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          I would LOVE to know what I all missed in 2016. I looked around for replacements to your site because I assumed you were not coming back. ever.
          but nothing else compared to yours… I slipped on most of 2016

        • Catarina_M April 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

          I’m so on board with this 2016 what we missed thing! Please make it happen!

          • Nat39 April 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

            We can even pretend it’s 2016 right now and have our Cannes and MET and Best Dressed of the 2016 events haha …ok I’m kidding, this year is just so unusual.

            • phee April 3, 2020 at 6:39 pm #

              ooooo. I like that idea 🙂

  11. Nat39 April 1, 2020 at 10:39 pm #

    Love this post! Some great looks over the years. I voted for her 2015 Ralph&Russo, but I adored her 2018 Butterfly look and still remember being impressed by her traditional all-gold Tarun Tahiliani in 2013!

    • Catherine Kallon April 1, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

      She definitely brings her best to Cannes.

  12. Tata April 1, 2020 at 10:31 pm #

    I can not believe you are doing a top 10 (out of 10 years) post.
    I dreamed of it for so long…
    This is the best silver lining from this quarantine!! 🙂

    Thank you!!

    • Catherine Kallon April 1, 2020 at 11:54 pm #

      Me too. I have always wanted to do more like this, but the events always come so thick and fast that I never have time for these style of posts.

      Glad you are enjoying them

      Many more to come.

  13. Ani April 1, 2020 at 9:42 pm #

    Such a good post, thank you

    • Catherine Kallon April 1, 2020 at 11:55 pm #

      Very much appreciated. Thank you x

  14. laulau April 1, 2020 at 9:25 pm #

    2015 was my fav. but I appreciate her whole glam vibe.

    • Catherine Kallon April 1, 2020 at 11:55 pm #

      I still can’t narrow it down

  15. Fanny April 1, 2020 at 8:57 pm #

    I loved reading this post!

    • Catherine Kallon April 1, 2020 at 11:55 pm #

      XXX Thank you.

      • Urmila Waghmare April 3, 2020 at 12:10 pm #

        Aishwarya is one of my favourite actor . She is very beautiful and talented lady .
        But she need to change her dress designers .
        And hair stylist . We want some modern look .I like 2017 looks , she was looking so much pretty ..

    • Xan April 2, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

      Love this post.
      Hope these redcarpet moments will be back soon.

      Thank you for not leaving us without posts during this time.

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