Aishwarya on Condé Nast Traveller: (Un)Covered

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Aishwarya features on the 5th anniversary cover of Condé Nast Traveller India wearing a floral Sabyasachi sari. The old-school vie of the cover with the train station setting and the pearls make it stand out instantly. And of course, Aishwarya herself looked unbelievable.

Too bad, in real life, we never see her come close to this!

Case in point, this appearance of hers today.

Catch the full cover inside.

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Aishwarya Rai on Condé Nast Traveller Oct 2015


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Aishwarya Rai on Condé Nast Traveller Oct 2015


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Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. I wish you posted the making of the cover video too. That video is GOLD!! I hope the Photoshop naysayers at least watch that breathtaking video of this cover.

    Aishwarya, why can’t we see you more often like this. This cover is VINTAGE REGALITY at its best!! Captivating stuff!!




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    • You have to see the video, you guys!

      This cover might be her best – ARB as MGD, OMG!
      I have a feeling that some of her appearances are overstyled. She looks fine when she is on her own – at the airport, or going to a social thing (puja etc). It is only for her film promotions that her team is making mistakes. Her Cannes team is great, her Longines team is generally good too. Her screen teams are usually decent too. Her promotional stuff, on the other hand, meh!




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  2. The cat killed this cover! Would’ve been perfect if she was holding an umbrella or a fan or even a bag rather than a cat that looks like it’s stuffed!

    Back to the outfit though, yes very nice sari and great styling. Urgh the cat though!




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  3. WOAH!! JAW DROPPING!! Aishwarya is such a chameleon!! 5 covers this year till now and a new Aishwarya every time. This is such a intriguing and magical shoot.




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  4. This woman surprises us every time…either by looking drop dead gorgeous like now ..or absolutely meh despite having access to the best designers and stylists..




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  5. Pardon me, am I the only one who remembers any history at all? I am tried of all this romanticizing of the royals of yore. Many of them let their subjects starve while they partied in the riviera. How about glorifying some Khadi and the satyagrahis?




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    • Well how couldn’t one find a controversial view to everything that has Ashwariya in it. You want khadi, here are plenty of designers featured on this site itself. Never heard anyone complain when others did an MGD inspired shoot.




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    • Dear Htmfn, Did you read the cover? What are they trying to sell? A dream, a lifestyle, essentially a luxurious holiday! and they are doing it through a relevant sense of aesthetics. Khadi and Satyagrahis, in my humble opinion, do not need any glorifying- if you are trying to materialistically sell Gandhi then trust me you don’t understand Gandhi at all. Sorry but your comment on a blog like this sounds a bit sanctimonious.




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        • Dear Htmfn, It’s interesting that you are upset about a Conde Nast cover that is trying to sell luxury, by supposedly romanticizing the past (actually the Palace on Wheels exists today, and many Indians are not averse to having “coolies” carry their luggage at train stations in 2015), but you are not averse to trawling this website which is in essence romanticizing Indian celebrities’ fashion, which for the most part is outrageously expensive, and is not in local context (culture, materials, weather or expertise). It is true, these folks are the new royalty, which is why they can break the law, and still be spared punishment and be supported by their peers and the masses. The fact that a blog such as this even exists, and has the interest that it does (including yours and mine) is testament to this.




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          • Well said. Seen quite a bunch who come here to comment that celebs can wear whatever they want who are we to comment(and that is applicable only to their favorites). LOL!




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  6. Omg, what a gorgeous cover! Honestly speaking, Ash is so beautifully presented that I didn’t even notice the (stuffed-looking) cat she’s holding until I noticed the commenters remarking about it. As you said, wonder what goes awry when her style is translated into real life?




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  7. This has to be the best magazine cover in the longest time. Everything about this cover is stunning, including the cat :) Aishwarya looks superlative !




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  8. That hair style suits her perfwctlt. Old world glamour really suits her vibe and her face. She can’t carry of edgy fashion as the Jazbaa promotions have shown, but here she looks divine.




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  9. What is the obsession these magazine cover people have with LV suitcases ? It has becomes so cliched already. That aside, i find the styling a little matronly.




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    • I agree.. There’s a way to do a period look without looking old enough to belong to it.
      There were young people then too, and much more fashionable than these guys today.




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  10. The second photo is stunning. Sabyasachi doesn’t just design clothes..he creates a world the viewer is drawn into. His styling and creations are poetry in motion and narrative pieces on their own. This shoot brings out Ash’s beauty.




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  11. Bollywood hotshots, industrialists, financiers and successful entrepreneurs are the new royals in India now. The old royals are just that- old! Yes, very elegant editorial of how to live when you have money and good taste.




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    • I disagree. There is a reason why we said no to monarchy and yes to democracy. We don’t need any substitutes. In an ideal world, a film star or a politician’s son should be served in the same way at a restaurant as someone who saved up for a year to take his wife there. If a rickshawwala’s daughter gets kidnapped, they should see the same light of justice as a business man’s family would.

      There should only be rich and poor. And Ash of course looks very ‘rich’ and elegant here.




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  12. Beautiful but AGEING! Aishu looks like a bahu these days, & this shoot while ravishing & well put together makes her look older than she actually is.




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  13. Gah! While there’s charm here there is so much that bothers me
    The saris are gorgeous (especially the gold one) but the styling is so literal and jarring. That hair for starters, and the shrug in the second picture. And that cat – holy moly – it is scary.
    And while I hadn’t thought of it myself – I loved the point brought up above about romanticizing the royals when they pretty much sold out the country while living in luxury. To add to that I’m not sure I like the romanticized idea of having a man servant behind you carrying your luggage because oh my goodness, I might break a nail, and who will carry poor (scary) kitty? I know I sound like a boring cow feminist but seriously!

    Gah! I wish I could appreciate it for what it is, because Ms Rai (her face, not the hair) looks phenomenal). But there’s just so many things that are annoying here. Let’s not even get started on the excessive LV luggage. Can that logo just go and die already?




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  14. Goes to show that Aish really doesn’t care to be trendy or in style in reality for fashion blogs. Her fashion and essentially the overall art of getting dressed is purely an act and a part of theatrics, as it should be when you are an artist. What you wear in reality, unless its real crass, need not be judged or be important.




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  15. @ political comments in a magazine cover: that escalated quickly! lol

    And I did not see that man as a ‘poor luggage carrying person’. I saw him as a common man, who comes across this mysterious, out-of-the-world-beautiful woman, while boarding a train. The pictures tell the story of a journey they are about to undertake.

    That was my interpretation. :-)
    Conde Naste covers are always great on a story.




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