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.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019
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Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.