In Swati and Sunaina

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Aishwarya was the guest of honor at the French Consulate’s Republic Day lunch in Delhi today where the actor was seen in a red sari by Swati and Sunaina. Hair in a middle parted updo complete with roses, her look was finished out a red lip and kundan jewellery.

Even though the red lip felt tad excessive, there was something sweet about this appearance.

We would’ve preferred to see a lighter chiffon sari at the afternoon affair but this wasn’t a deal breaker either.

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Aishwarya Rai at French Consulate Republic Day Lunch

Photo Credit: Twitter

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  1. Was it a staid diplomatic lunch or yet another Kalyan Jeweller’s Store launch. Minus that amboda on her head and take off one piece of jewellery , it might have worked. But what is ARB if not fashionably clueless.




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  2. It’s a tad cold in Delhi to think that a chiffon saree would have worked for the lunch, despite it being a day event. It’s 3deg C!!




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  3. Maybe not the most event appropriate but she looks hella good. This look feel like the way actors like Vyjayanthimala, Nargis used to(at least in my head they used to) assemble their own outfits and not like current times, when an array of stylists put together a choreographed outfit and actors just wear them like models on the runway. I feel a loss of personal style. In a nutshell I like this look – tad excessive but lovely nonetheless




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  4. I’ll take all the laal, except the flowers in her baal. Those flowers in her hair are the deal breaker for me. They just give off a very cheap vibe.




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  5. I kept looking at this picture thinking there is something bothering me but I can’t put my finger on it! The sari is beautiful and so is she so what is the problem – and then I got it! I think the hairstyle does not work on her at all – the middle parting does not work for me here … Overall, stunning effort!




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  6. I get the “heavy silk because of winter” bit. But That much red & gold for a diplomatic lunch? An understated ikat silk in neutrals or peach/ pistachio maybe…




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  7. She looks so resplendent and out of the world beautiful. Love everything on her. That’s how an Indian woman dresses. People are saying too much and take off one item but, I will take this any day over the over-processed fake fusion designer stuff many celebs are wearing nowadays. She is representing India in very accurate way at the French consulate and she does that job perfectly from the last 25 years.




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    • Come on Ash – even the first Cannes. This look is not really how an Indian woman dresses – this is how a very rich kind of fashion clueless Indian woman wears which is what she has been most of her famous life.




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  8. I generally think Ash has no sense and wears crap but in this she looks like a Goddess with a capital G. I cannot believe people would actually criticize this. Jesus.

    Let go of your fashionista obsession and go filmy for a change- it won’t kill you.




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    • Agree. And it’s not even filmy. It’s just a very classic desi look – one that you will probably see at so many dinner parties that take place outside of Bollywood. I am not a fan of the flowers, but in the last picture (where they are hidden) she looks pitch perfect. And honestly, this is so refreshing in the litany of designer outfits we see that are Indian in name only. When ARB goes the traditional saree route, she rarely fails – she’s worn some really classic, simple, non-designer silk sarees in the past and she outshines every time.




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      • Agreed on ladies dressing like this outside of Bollywood too. I was dressed similarly for a reception of sorts in December and I had gajra instead of the roses which I must add was an adorably old world touch on her part and one that I am going to try the next time I have a chance :)

        Now that you remind me, her trip after marriage to Tirupati had her in a gorgeous traditional saree with just her sindoor and mangalsutra, she looked pretty amazing.




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        • Yes! It is exactly that trip to Tirupati that I was thinking of! She looked better there than any of her wedding outfits, because I think she gets it wrong when she tries too hard, but kills it when she stays simple (and maybe more to her roots – i.e., maybe traditional weaves are what she is drawn to, so her taste there is well developed). So, yes, Tirupati and when she got her national award – that green and purple saree was great, and she looked divine in it.

          I think I don’t like the roses because there were more than one. One would have been perfect, although when it comes to flowers in the hair, I am a sucker for gajra




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        • I think the roses are very SLB of her to wear :) She had them in the Udi song in Guzaarish and both Deepika and Priyanka had them in Pinga(Bajirao Mastani). She is after-all an SLB masterpiece :)

          Oh, and thanks for reminding me about the National Awards look. I loved that green and purple saree. You are right-she probably has the best taste in these traditional weaves and I would also say in the sporty-cute dresses and shorts she wore in the early part of her career.

          She looks amazing in either. As my granny would say, Baree yedd porlu ponnu (she is a good beautiful mangie girl). That is when she isn’t trying too hard to be a Bachchan.




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  9. She’s beautiful but did she have to go so OTT for a lunch function? The red, the roses,the heavy jewels- like she’s inaugurating a jewelry store not meeting the french president! Would have liked to see her tone it down a little. She would have looked spectacular in the sabyasachi sari sridevi is wearing.




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    • Ha ha..sooo very true..ppal really need to luk in d mirror n thou I shud nt say dis bt m 100% sure none of dm wud b half close to Ash’s beauty!




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  10. I love her look totally but wondering why I have never seen her in this avtar at a wedding or Kalyan Jewellers launch!!! OTT for a lunch, would have loved a lighter shade saree and a different jewellery set. She went OTT for Padmashri award a couple of years back too… Can’t understand her approach… Maybe that’s her USP.




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  11. Does showcasing Indian have to veer on being costumey. The roses are completely out of place here. Simple studs instead of big earrings would have still made this look classy.




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  12. I don’t like this saree with that blouse, the heavy ugly kind an necklace. And the roses in her hair are straight out of the 1960s. My problem with this look is too much happening everywhere. With the loud red saree, a subdued blouse or subdued jewelry would have looked more elegant. Maybe even mogra instead of roses may have done the trick. I think she aged herself quite a bit in this look. I hope the guests weren’t left blinded after this mid day bling fest :(




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  13. No comments on what she could have done or not done to look any better. But suggesting a chiffon sari in north Indian winters, even for a day event — I don’t think so. Silk is the fabric for winters, and Aishwarya is right in choosing it.




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  14. Smaller earrings and a nude lip may have worked … it is like those Bridal looks in the films from the 60s. Too much. Like a Roop Sangam or Nalli Sari ad… and she looks like the Ranka Ad with twinkle and Dimple. OTTTTTTT




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  15. A white, beige or grey Sabya saree would’ve been perfect for the occasion. This is much too red…plus the saree in question is very average.




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  16. Not working, not working at all. Too much red. Very heavy jewelry. Whats with that blouse? She took the business lunch way too seriously!




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  17. This is true Indian.
    99% Indian women her age dress like this and she represents us very well. I find the look very unpretentious.
    I loved the look. For the national festival, it could not be more real than this.




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  18. Aww. Aishu was super excited to be invited so she went all out! Totally overdressed for a lunch BUT she fully represented India with glamour & starry allure. Sweet.




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  19. It was a national festival u guys… in dead cold Delhi. .. if now is not the time to wear red silk… I don’t know when is… jewels maybe a bit much but show me an Indian woman who does not wear jewellery… less or more is pretty personal… and the festive sari demands a little bling… have a hard time imagining solitaires with this… could have gone a little smaller on the earrings n thts all I’m conceding… she is full on traditional n I see nothing wrong in it.




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