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From Vidya Balan to Amitabh Bachchan, it’s a costume catastrophe at Cannes,CANNES FASHION ,VIDYA BALAN ,AMITABH BACHCHAN, SONAM KAPOOR PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:55
From Vidya Balan to Amitabh Bachchan, it’s a costume catastrophe at Cannes

Looks like it is time to lament Indian fashion


Vidya--621x414If three films at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, a packed hall, an audience applauding for Monsoon Shootout at the Grand Lumiere hall, do not make Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui the new black of India at Cannes, then his black suit certainly does. “Kaala hai chal jayega (its black, it should do) he told Hindustan Times film columnist Anupama Chopra about the suit he wore to the Cannes red carpet last year which he repeated this year again for his appearance on Day 4 of the festival. It is the most original clothing statement seen and heard ever since the world’s glamour brigade stepped out at the French Riviera last week. Let’s not underestimate Siddiqui’s moustache accentuating his brooding looks, making him the dark and angsty hero, symbolic of us as an audience, forget for a moment the celebratory drumbeats of Indian cinema’s hundred years.


Much of the rest of what Indian “stars” are wearing on the same red carpet is embarrassment for our fashion industry, including some choices of Bollywood’s best clothes hanger Sonam Kapoor. After her pretty Dolce & Gabbana voluminous floral dress, she appeared in a Shehla Khan lehnga, a black and white lace concoction with a boob tube inspired blouse worn with Chopard jewellery. It did nothing for the fashion sense she usually leads with. If someone is keeping an account of Kapoor’s glamour quotient, please deduct fat points for this appearance. No mystique, no originality, no drama.


Amitabh Bachchan’s unsuitable jackets made it amply clear that India is going nowhere with its fashion sense. Photo: Reuters
Not that “drama” is helping others. Look atAmitabh Bachchan’s unsuitable jackets. If his first appearance in a blingy black one with two pocket flaps (when he opened this year’s Cannes festival with actor Leonardo DiCaprioand walked the red carpet before the screening of The Great Gatsby) wasn’t bad enough, his next in a striped blue and white jacket—that looked more like an ill-fitting bathrobe tightened at the waist—white trousers and white shoes with a eager collar standing up, made it amply clear that India is going nowhere with its fashion sense.


In this “earnest India” project, Mr Bachchan has avid help from jury member Vidya Balan dressed bySabyasachi Mukherjee. She seems to have got completely carried away with traditional India in her Cannes wardrobe mixing up costume with clothing in the most clichéd way. She is a working woman here, a jury member, expected to watch world cinema, take notes, make comments, form an opinion but her covered head (on Day 1), big nose rings and fabric pouches make her look like a museum piece instead.


The black embellished Sabyasachi sari made Aishwarya Rai Bachchan look grown up and frumpish. Photo: Reuters
Now arrives Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian fashion press’ favourite flogging horse. Not without reason as it appears time and again. The black embellished Sabyasachi sari with a full-sleeved, crew necked blouse she wore yesterday (an ornamental hair band too) for an evening event around Bombay Talkiesmade her look grown up and frumpish. Not starry, not stylish. There was enough bling on the sari; she didn’t need the hair ornament and may have looked easier with her hair loose instead of pulled up. The Elie Saabblack lace gown she wore on the red carpet before screening of Inside Llewyn Davis was better but didn’t really put her on top of any style map. She is a stunning looking woman. Period. But did she redeem India’s fashion sense at the Cannes red carpet? Oh no.


So what’s going on? Are customers of wedding couture (that form the largest chunk of the buyers’ segment back home) and devotees of ‘more is more’ influencing the work of designers instead of the other way round? After all, these appearances can be hardly ticked off as confused style statements of an enthused republic. They have been planned for weeks if not months to represent the new Indian narrative. Should they be so off the mark? Instead of challenging former notions that Indian fashion is largely about excess and bling or showing that at least some of our designers are now capable of creating global-local sophistication, these stars, their stylists and designers are reiterating notions about overdone looks being synomymous with Indian wear.


What an unfortunate misrepresentation of all the inspiring and contemporary work that’s going on in our local fashion industry. Standing next to global stars who emphasise elegant restraint (look at DiCaprio’s tuxedos or Nicole Kidman’s sophistication), India’s effervescence about “being itself” seems to have got overwritten with the style mess it is serving as daily fare.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:02