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.

Get the Look
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.


Arab stars take the viral #10YearChallenge on Instagram

Jessica Kahawaty at an event in 2018. (AFP)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Arab stars take the viral #10YearChallenge on Instagram

DUBAI: Celebrities around the world have taken on a new social media challenge that has seen them sharing photos taken 10 years apart to show off just how much (or in some cases, how little) they have changed.

A clutch of Arab influencers also jumped on the bandwagon and shared snaps taken a decade apart, including the likes of Lebanese star Karen Wazen and Saudi designer and blogger Tamara Al-Gabbani.

Al-Gabbani took to Instagram with two posts, both of which she claims show her 10 years apart.

“No edits! No filters! Just braces, fuller brows and no more highlights!” she captioned the first post.

Ten years ago, she sported blonde locks and thinner eyebrows. Fast forward to 2019, and Al-Gabbani looks almost the same, besides her jet-black hair and braces.

Wazen shared two side-by-side snaps — the first of which was a photo of her posing with her husband, Elias Bakhazi.

“It started when we were young,” she captioned the photographs.

For her part, Lebanese-Australian model and influencer Jessica Kahawaty shared a composite photograph in which she looks almost identical in the two snaps.

“20-year-old me and 30-year-old me #10yearchallenge,” she captioned the post, adding “I love this little challenge. Shows how much we have all evolved and a good excuse to dig up memorable pictures — with memorable eyebrows lol (sic).”

Although her hair is slightly shorter in 2019 and her eyebrows are fuller, the humanitarian and event host looks largely unchanged.

Saudi-Lebanese style star Alanoud Badr also took part in the challenge and shared a side-by-side composite photograph.

It seems that fuller eyebrows are a 2019 trend as she too sported a thinner set in her older photograph.

Based in Dubai, Badr is a regular fixture on the UAE’s fashion scene and even has her own brand called Lady Fozaza, which she launched in 2011.

The viral craze has seen a hoard of celebrities take to Instagram to share their photographs, including the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Tyra Banks.

Lopez shared a throwback photo of herself while pregnant and then, in 2019, wearing a canary yellow swimsuit with a taught tummy and toned muscles — she may have won the challenge for seeming to age backwards and it’s enough to make us want to hit the gym.