Richa Chadda at Cannes

While Ash, Kat, and Sonam were getting all the press for their attendance at Cannes, another actress quietly picked up accolades for her upcoming movie ‘Masaan’ and also impressed us with her sartorial choices. Whether in a Sabyasachi saree or a Giles strapless dress or a Gauri and Nainika soft-pink architectural gown, she more than proved her fashion mettle. Slight change would have been the hair and makeup, which could be fixed with a better beauty team.

Sculptural Splendor

Finally giving us something to talk about! Aishwarya wore yet another stunner, this time a sculptural piece from Ralph & Russo Couture. The only things I would change are the hair and the shoes. For the latter, a simple black heels, and for the hair, a sleek ponytail would have kept the focus on the gown. That aside, she still looked stunning and carried off the gown with much confidence. Alas, one more party to go and the fashion parade ends.

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Ravishing in Oxblood and White

Go big or go home. Or so is the mantra when in Cannes. Aishwarya seemed to have followed this edict, sans flats I’m sure, wearing an oxblood maroon Oscar De La Renta gown for the photocall of her upcoming movie ‘Jazbaa’. Next, she wore a dramatic Georges Chakra gown for a media press meet with fans via Facetime. Both were not exactly red carpet events but girlfriend brought it! She shut it down. Even though the makeup was repetitive from her previous forays, she still looked stunning and every bit the movie star. Glad she changed up the hair and makeup for the white Georges Chakra gown.

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Casual at Cannes

To caveat, ‘casual’ is all relative at Cannes. So, how did Aishwarya, Sonam and Katrina do in their casual avatars at various photocalls and press meets? I’d have to say much better than their red carpet outings. But Aishwarya’s Sabyasachi jumpsuit and matching cape were pretty matronly. Aside from that, all three divas did well.

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P.S. Anyone else notice Aishwarya’s look in the printed Stella McCartney pants and shirt mimics the image (Grace Kelly?) she’s standing next to?


Aishwarya at Cannes 2015

High expectations. Huge letdown. Aishwarya’s first foray on the red carpet for her 14th time at Cannes and you’d think she’s an amateur at it. The green Elie Saab Spring 2015 gown did not translate well from runway to red carpet. It almost ends up looking like a cheap knockoff. I hope she really brings it for the next red carpet walk!

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Sonam at Cannes 2015

Sonam’s appearance at Cannes is always fraught with anticipation. Did she hit it out of the park this time? Afraid not. While the blue Ralph and Russo gown was red-carpet worthy, the heavy hair swept over the neckline was suffocating the look. The neckline begged to be shown off with an updo or a sleek ponytail. The makeup was also too heavy for this look.

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Her second red-carpet appearance saw her looking like Big Bird. Big Bird with flawless makeup, sleek hairdo and gorgeous jewelry. The Elie Saab Spring 2015 greenish / yellow gown with feathers was doing nothing for her. Granted, she took a risk and I applaud her for that but she looked 100 times better in her Ashi Studio gown worn at the Vikas Khanna book launch.

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This Ashi Studio gown is one of many delicious gowns that I’d love to wear. Around the house. While changing a dirty diaper. Yes, I lead a very glamorous life dahling!


Back from Hiatus


I’m back…for now. Where have I been? Here :) Well, I did give birth to my third baby. Having three kids under the age of 6, and working full time, proved to be a bit tiring. Blogging started to feel more like a chore than an enjoyable escape. So I knew it was time to step back. I didn’t know if I’d ever come back. While I was away, I still followed the usual Bollywood fashion blogs, or the few I knew of. Increasingly, I noticed it was the same old same old. Nothing new or well-written and every post was pretty neutral on the fashion of Bollywood. When my hands started itching to write again, I knew I had to get back to the fray. So I’m back. I don’t know for how long or how often. However, once again, I’m doing it for me and not for the money (non-existent) or the fame (hah!). I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

– Andrea

Cannes 2015


Only Cannes can bring a girl back! Kicking it off, let’s start with Katrina. One word – safe. Safe safe safe. Wait, that was three. Lovely girl, bangin’ body, but lackluster. First in the Oscar De La Renta. Lovely gown but just not for her. It did nothing for her. Boring. Yawn. Next.


Second, the red Elie Saab. Much better than the first day but did her stylist forget that she would be walking a red carpet? So yeah. I sure hope there were other photographers there ‘coz the ones behind her ain’t taking a damn picture of her!

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I can forgive the not-found-in-nature red hair (apparently for the movie ‘Fitoor’) but the dresses were not exactly a homerun. Katrina mentioned in a media call interview that she wants to refrain from making a huge style statement. (Head scratching…um why? why not??) Mission accomplished.