Cannes’ Bollywood Brigade – Stop Being Fashion Victims

Generated by  IJG JPEG LibraryWhen I wrote about 2.5 Kilo arms of Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan many trashed me for being mean and talking about body parts of the Bollywood divas. I can live with it but the thumb rule of fashion is that one should wear an ensemble that compliments their body and not wear something just because it is in fashion. Blindly succumbing to a fad is not being fashionable. It’s being a sad fashion victim!ash_flesh bulging

A big-buck couture gown by a famous couturier neither does justice to the lady wearing it nor benefits the designer if the ensemble does not compliment the diva’s look. There is no doubt that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is beautiful, gorgeous and classy. Nothing can take that away from her. But when she wears a body-hugging tiered gown by Oscar de la Renta that pushes out her fleshy bits around the under-arms, it is definitely not fashionable. (I have posted a picture by Getty Images so that you don’t accuse me of photoshopping!)

sonam-kapoor-elie saabSonam Kapoor wore that yolk coloured Elie Saab gown that made her look like she had a miserable day at a chicken poultry farm chasing chickens. How can one ignore but comment on such a disaster.

21cannes-richa-chadda2_gauri&nainikaFashion should not be followed blindly. Make your own fashion statement rather than succumbing to the aura of big-ticket couture labels. I liked what Richa Chadha wore – the powder pink Gauri and Nainika ensemble. Keep it simple ladies!

18 thoughts on “Cannes’ Bollywood Brigade – Stop Being Fashion Victims

  1. Laveena

    Even if a bit of flab pops out, so what? I think we as an audience of women everywhere, we are growing to accept that you don’t have to be perfect. Please excuse the cliche but imperfections make you more relatable. It has come to a point where when we see some overweight actresses like in Hollywood, in gowns or cute tight dresses, we cheer for them not caring about the obvious cellulite on display, it’s just nice to see them rock the red carpet and enjoy the attention especially when they are new to the experience. You may have figure flaws, most of us are not happy with our body in any case no matter what we do to change it, but if you are wearing a nice or interesting outfit and are styled well; it doesn’t take time to develop a girl crush.

    I think Ash still looks smoking hot in that plum gown, besides it’s not a bad dress, if anything it is made well. Richa is no doubt lovely but her gown has some tailoring issues, and who likes to wear neoprene in warm weather, and colour block and peplum o my god. As for Sonam, it’s amusing reading her sister going on the defensive that Eva Longoria appreciated that chicken costume. I personally didn’t care for most of her dress picks, worse was the black gold mantle on her shoulders; hideous as hell. O and I would still take fleshy underarms over ample chest flash in a low V cut blouse; not appealing.

  2. Laveena

    I’d like to add that I am not squeamish about chest flash in general or nudity, as long as it looks beautiful or graceful, like Madonna from your earlier post. Beautiful nude, almost reminds you of a body from a Renaissance painting.

  3. PK

    I think it depends on the celebrity…when you are Melissa McCarthy, people pay to watch you because you are beautiful. When you are Ash, Loreal is paying you to look beautiful. A writer has to have good grammar, and a model has to have a pretty face and a good body. It is part of the job you have taken on.

  4. Liz

    Im sorry PK… the ladies Jack and you ppl are critiquing here are more than just a pretty face.They are mostly actors and they are talented and well known. So calling them just a pretty face is insulting.

  5. Etios

    LOL at fangirls calling Ash and Sonam talented, actors etc.. Ash got into film industry just because of her pretty face and used that pretty face to make millions via movies and skin whitening cream advertisements and as for Sonam, she is a product of Bollywood nepotism industrial complex and she would have been a NOBODY if she was not the daughter of Anil Kapoor.

  6. God_Shareef

    Well said Etios!!!
    One genetically blessed played cards well and Rai became Rai BachChan.
    Akeli ko 1 crore per ad milti thi.
    But Prestige Cooker Ad done with hubby Bachchan plumped 6 crores.

    Where as Sonam might be Kapoor’s kin but she transformed herself ala Cindrella being helped by a fairy but here Sonam helped herself.

    Salute to both Divas!!!

    God_Shareef
    Jo kabhi kabhi bas Shareef bhi hai.
    Aapka bohot jaana pehChaana,
    Sabina Sehgal Saikia ki Kasam,
    Kalli Purie ki kasam,
    Aapka naughty,
    God Shareef.

  7. Liz

    Please Etios, Aishwarya Rai was a Miss World who represented/still reprepresents India at a global level..whether you consider them talented or not is ur opinion but to say they are nobodys is just pure stupidity.I think all these women looked gorgeous..u may not..its fine to disagree.But to body shame them for a a tiny bit of flesh popping out is just superficial. I think the yellow bird outfit that Sonam wore was atrocious .. Jack and many ppl can criticise her for her dress choice but i feel this crosses the line. If these ladies were just models i would be a little more inclined to agree with you…talented or not they are actors..and thats their profession.

  8. Satish

    In response to Liz’s unsavory remarks: Jack and Etios are spot on. These are actors AND models who went to Cannes as models for a cosmetics brand not for their acting chops. And I for one didn’t think Jack was “body shaming” anyone. Just subjecting them to the media scrutiny which they have willingly allowed themselves to come under by parading at Cannes as “representatives” of L’oreal ( whatever that means). Feeling self righteous, don’t come flaming at Jack/Etios or God Shareef.

  9. Liz

    Oh check out all the MCPs who have come out of the shadow to scrutinize women’s body parts…analysing and accessing us on how much of fat is acceptable to be presentable on the red carpet. The best part is that these same guys will have absolutely nothing to say when shorty Aamir Khans and Salman Khans put on weight,have beer bellies and project fake muscles using technology onscreen…but a woman is not allowed to have any imperfections…the bottomline is Aishwarya,Sonam and Katrina looked gorgeous!!! ..extra weight and all…!! I dont hear the western media here comment on Aish’s weight..even the 1st cannes she attended after giving birth there were mentions of the baby but not her changed figure..trust only the desi media to focus on that…what else to expect from Indian men?

  10. Satish

    Liz, I don’t know you and would hate to be presumptuous by calling you names. I am not male, therefore your presumptuous argument about “NCOs in shadows” is shallow and unfortunate . Just as I reserve the right to judge print media/ social media posts of male actors/cricketers in their modeling avatars, I exert similar rights when it comes to female actors who are essentially human mannequins at the Cannes event. If they were there as actors first and foremost like a certain Ms. Chaddha, they get a pass. If they represent L’oreal, they don’t. Game on.

  11. Liz

    With a name like Satish im completely justified in assuming u r male…and i still think you are…like i said in my prev comment..u are entitled in ur opinion…so am i…oh and btw I think Aishwarya did go there to represent Jazba movie also right? So ur whole point is moot….

  12. Satish

    You aren’t justified in assuming anything Liz ( and we know that’s probably a post colonial hangover of a name).Ms. Rai’s official role was that of a L’oreal representative. That’s who picked up the bills for her travel etc– not Cannes or Oxfam or anything that involves a modicum of looking outside thyself. You go on to say I am entitled to my opinion however your previous post chastises all of us who hold an opinion contrary to yours. Here is a choice, please stay away from forums where your opinion isn’t the only one that is published 🙂 Peace and love Liz. Life is much too short to spend your time fangirling toddlers and tiaras.

  13. real

    These are not models, they are actresses. They might not fit into couture but that’s OK.

    Also, if the whole point of having them wear couture is to make other women want to wear it too, then they might as well have flaws. I can speak for myself when I say that I would never buy a style that looks good on someone with a perfect 10 figure, because I would think it won’t look good on me. Tiny fllaws on these women make me think, “hey! I can pull this off too!” and buy that style/makeup. Which in the end is what a company like L’oreal needs. If fashion and makeup companies don’t cater to real women, they will die.

  14. Liz

    @real…Finally a person with sensible views on this site…please stick around..:) Ppl like Satish and Etios would rather watch starved models than real women.
    @satish..since u didnt know im a mallu christian with a middle name Elizabeth(my grandmother’s name being alleyamma…the malayalam version of elizabeth) so sorry to dissapoint..christianity in kerala originated much before it did in western Europe…
    its pointless to argue with men like you,i think the poster above me has eloquently pointed out why we need women with real bodies wearing couture without being shamed for their lack of perfection !!

  15. God_Shareef

    Real,
    You suffice the REALITY among fashScanians with your GENUINE thought!!!
    I really love intelligent BUT TRUTHFUL people.
    My salute to your SINCERE thought.
    Bye bye Honey.
    Whataa Lovely Thought by REAL.
    Very Touching.

    Today God Shareef is SpeechLess after facing SO MUCH HONESTY.
    God sirf mera hi Shareef nahi hai.
    REAL KA BHI HAI!!!

  16. Papadkhor

    I don’t buy couture so whether these models are relatable or not don’t matter to me and I won’t buy makeup based on whether Sonam or Eva is selling it. I look at these models the same way I look at fashion magazines, out of curiousity. Then I wonder why they look so different from the magazines, Photoshop zindabad!

  17. aditee247

    Agree with Satish wholeheartedly. These non actors like Aishwarya went there to plug cosmetics not for their acting chops. Aishwarya will never be known for her “acting” Sonam? Who is she if u remove the Kapoor from her name…Thanks for this FABULOUS site Jack I am going to enjoy reading it 🙂

  18. aditee247

    In response to Liz: If women with “real bodies” need to be wearing couture then they need to send Kiran Thakur Singh Kher, and Fareeda Jalal to Cannes (sorry cant come up with too many women that are not size zero in the 20-40 age range they are all anorexic)

    Its a joke u call Aish “real woman”

    Aishwarya starved herself to lose a ton of weight before this gig. Its a joke to say Aishwarya is a real woman, if she was she would not have lost her 50 lbs of post baby weight… coz most women dont get a chance to go to slimming centers for that shit

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