Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns heads in Dubai-designed dress on Cannes red carpet

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the premiere on Saturday night of "Les Filles du Soleil" at Cannes. (AN Photo/Ammar Mangorangca)
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the premiere on Saturday night of "Les Filles du Soleil" at Cannes. (AN Photo/Ammar Mangorangca)
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the premiere on Saturday night of "Les Filles du Soleil" at Cannes. (AN Photo/Ammar Mangorangca)
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the premiere on Saturday night of "Les Filles du Soleil" at Cannes. (AN Photo/Ammar Mangorangca)
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the premiere on Saturday night of "Les Filles du Soleil" at Cannes. (AN Photo/Ammar Mangorangca)
Updated 13 May 2018
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns heads in Dubai-designed dress on Cannes red carpet

CANNES: Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is known for turning heads at the Cannes Film Festival.
This year she’s done it again by appearing on the red carpet in an eye-popping multi-hued butterfly gown with a three-meter-long train designed by Dubai-based Michael Cinco.
Aishwarya attended the premiere on Saturday night of “Les Filles du Soleil,” directed by Eva Husson and starring Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays the leader of a band of Kurdish women soldiers. She walked the red carpet with her six-year-old daughter Aaradhya, who looked adorable in a red dress.
While Aishwarya often favors the Lebanese designer Elie Saab for her red carpet gowns, Cinco is becoming her go-to designer: last year Aishwarya also wore a Cinderella-like pale blue dress created by him.
On his own Instagram account, the Filipino designer posted a video of her sashaying down the hall, saying “The Bollywood goddess AISHWARYA RAI is getting read to slay the red carpet…”
The dress itself, embellished in Swarovski crystals and French paillettes, was 10-feet long and took 3,000 hours to make.
In describing the “Impalpable Dream of The Butterfly,” Cinco says: “And so the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis and metamorphose into this cape made in the lightest of fine mesh.”
Cinco’s couture gowns have been worn by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Having established his label in Dubai in 2003, it is no coincidence that he decided to base himself in the Middle East, “a haven of haute couture,” as he describes it.
This is Aishwarya’s 17th year at Cannes, where she was the first female Indian actress to serve as a jury member. In 2002, she walked the red carpet in a canary yellow sari by Neeta Lulla for the premiere of her film “Devdas.”

Social Star
There are so many Instagram accounts dedicated to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, it’s hard to believe it’s taken her this long to create one of her own. But she doesn’t have that much to worry about: only a few days into joining Instagram on Friday, @aishwaryaRaiBachchan already has more than half a million followers.
She began with a throwback photo of her and Aaradhya when she was a baby, but it wasn’t long before she was posting photos of herself at Cannes on Saturday, with her daughter Aaradhya.
The photo of her wearing the Cinco dress has received more than 200,000 likes, with the video being viewed more than a million times.

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As the brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore make-up from its Cannes Collection: Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lip in 308 Shanghai Scarlet, Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Foundation, Le Stylo Smoky Shadow 102 Delicat Wood, Infallible 24H gel crayon I’ve Got The Blue.


Tourism chiefs salute fashion designer for holding son’s wedding in Lebanon

Elie Jr. and Christina Mourad. (Social media)
Updated 23 July 2019
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Tourism chiefs salute fashion designer for holding son’s wedding in Lebanon

  • The tourism leader said the situation was to do with Lebanese ego, but he emphasized that wedding parties held in Lebanon could be better than those staged abroad on all levels

BEIRUT: Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab has been hailed by tourism chiefs for staging his son’s lavish wedding reception on home turf.
The influential Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon saluted Saab “for holding the wedding party of his son, Elie Jr., and the Lebanese bride, Christina Mourad, in Lebanon instead of abroad, as do tens of Lebanese leaders and lords.
“Holding wedding parties abroad has deprived the tourism sector as well as other sectors in Lebanon of important revenues that can revive the national economy,” the syndicate said.
The nonprofit body that represents restaurateurs, added that the glittering event had “turned the country into a huge wedding attended by more than 3,000 guests from inside and outside Lebanon.
“People shared their joy on social media, communicating Lebanon’s image of civilization and tourism to the world. This wedding filled Lebanese hotels, restaurants and nightclubs and stirred the economic cycle for more than 10 days before and after the wedding. We salute the man who loves peace and Lebanon a thousand times.”
Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourist Agents in Lebanon (ATTAL), told Arab News: “The syndicate’s stance comes in response to a phenomenon that emerged a few years ago. Distinguished people have been holding lavish weddings for their children abroad, where they spend millions of dollars. This has not only been done by politicians, but also businessmen and senior employees, as if it has become a trend or an added value.”
The tourism leader said the situation was to do with Lebanese ego, but he emphasized that wedding parties held in Lebanon could be better than those staged abroad on all levels. “We have outstanding wedding planners who get employed to plan weddings abroad,” he added.
Abboud pointed out that the tourist season in Lebanon this year had so far been promising with the number of visitors from GCC countries, and especially Saudi Arabia, up on 2018 figures. He added that the 2019 draft budget approved by Parliament last week had not put “any burdens on the tourism sector.”
Chairman of the Hotel Owners Association in Lebanon, Pierre Al-Ashkar, estimated the cost of wedding parties held by Lebanese people abroad to be around $400 million, including hotel accommodation, purchases and transportation, in addition to the expenses of the wedding itself.
He said: “There is no longer a difference between politicians and businessmen who choose to hold their children’s wedding parties abroad. It is true that these weddings are no more than a few hundred, but their expenses are huge and, therefore, deprive Lebanon of this money.”
Al-Ashkar pointed out that the number of tourists choosing Lebanon this summer had risen, highlighting a significant 30 percent increase in the proportion of visitors from Europe.
“However, the number of tourists from GCC countries, especially Saudi Arabia, has not been as we had wished,” he added.
“Maybe this is because these tourists, who have not been visiting Lebanon for five to seven years, now have business in other countries or investments in tourist places outside of Lebanon, especially as some countries now offer incentives to attract tourists carrying certain passports and residence permits.”