The 68th Cannes International Film Festival took place just the other week. Cannes is known for not just film but fashion too. Every year celebs from the Hollywood and bollywood step out in style on one red carpet. This has to be the perfect chance to check out the best-dressed celebs and spot some fusion fashion too.
Oh and not to worry l have added top tips to getting similar Hollywood and Bollywood looks. Who says you can't look like the celebs on the runway... just take my tips and give it a go for Eid, Diwali or special occasion such as, a friends wedding.
Aishwarya Rai didn't let us down with her bespoke two-piece with Indian fashion extraordinaire Sabyasachi. Aishwarya must have a great team as she always seems to be on trend and on this occasion she wasn't afraid to step out in something different, floral dress. The signature brown waist belt with tiger silhouette seen at India fashion week earlier this year is a must! I especially love Aishwarya choose an Indian designer who created a style of fashion we mostly find in the western world in the UK.
l hope it shows South Asian's in the UK the typical salwar kameez is not the only option, South Asian fashion is versatile. This is what l call fusion fashion ladies!
A western model and actress Diane Kruger looked dazzling in a heavy beaded gown. She would make any Indian designer proud as the elements in her dress are typical of South Asian fashion techniques just fused with a western cut.
The back had matching beads and sequins, which made it subtle and allowed the focus to be on the front panel of the gorgeous dress. Unlike South Asians the western fashion world sees subtlety as elegance - if this gown was made in India it would have multicoloured beads, fabrics and heavy mess.
The trail is a must for red carpet fashion where for party fashion you could just create a hi-low panel beaded dress. For runway touches just add timeless pieces such as a statement cocktail ring and bracelet on the other wrist.
Don't forget to match a plain clutch bag. In this case the dress is too heavy with beads so to keep the focus on the dress just add a plain coloured clutch.
Katrina Kaif looked dazzling in a tailored Elie Saab gown. It was a great choice as Cannes takes place in France and I'm all for the western fashion but it would have been nice to see Katrina Kaif in a fusion fashion spin of Elie Saab's garment. Don't get me wrong l think she made a great choice, she's looks bloody hot and proves you don't need to be naked to look drop dead gorgeous. On the other hand, the gown could have been an Indian blouse cut and tailored lengha.
To be on on-trend, she should have draped a luxurious red chiffon over one side of her shoulder and added a tanned belt over the dupatta around her waist. Ever since she went to America she seems to blend in with the rest and doesn't have anything that makes her stand out from the western celebs - no identity.
Come on Katrina Kaif, you need to get your game on in the US.
British singer and style icon Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cheryl Cole) did us British fashion lovers proud by wearing an innovative fashion masterpiece.
The designer label, Ralph & Russo Couture are known for their jaw-dropping fashion and this wasn't any different to their runway fashion. The embroidered detailing is wonderfully crafted with the draped gather fabric on the sleeves. The matching waist belt gives Cheryl Fernandez-Versini a beautiful hourglass shape most would die for. Ralph & Russo Couture gowns as you can tell it's made for the red carpet rather than the runway ;)
I partially liked the impact not only on the front but work on the back which most Asians can get wrong with their creations - maybe we need to create our own.
South Asian fashion lovers are not like my British fashion lovers, us South Asians seem to dismiss red carpet fashion as we think it is not attainable in the UK. It may not be attainable to us average 'shaj-joes' (aka the Indian Joe) but who says you can't spot trends, inspiration and get ideas to create your own unique masterpieces!
I would highly recommend using the tips given in the blog post and even creating your own for whatever the occasion is. Please free feel to email (like most of you do) if you prefer not to comment. Have a great day my beautiful fashionistas!
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