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Yes We Cannes ! A celebration of the East for the world to see.


The 2019 edition of Cannes is behind us and the party is long over. All the magnificent ensembles have been wrapped up in tissue and stowed away in their boxes and the jewels have been returned to their cases no more glittering in the flash bulbs at the red carpet.

While it is a delightful spectacle as it unfolds, the Cannes red carpet outings of the stars are not exactly for pinning onto your 'outfit Inspiration' board on Pinterest. The magnificent gowns, the opulent jewels, the edgy hair do's and the dramatic make up looks are all for the exotic celebrities to sashay in at the event.

But one aspect of the Cannes' glamour aspect is very much within your reach and that is Indian wear.

Throughout the years the Indian fashionistas appearing at Cannes have made sure to represent Indian aesthetic elements and Indian couture at the French Riviera as well as their western ensembles and this time was no exception.

We bring you four amazing Indian ethnic looks from this year at Cannes that you can very well add to your outfit Inspiration board and take a cue or two on both do's AND don'ts, to glam up your own ethnnic outfit choices.

While the last couple of years we saw Sonam's holographic saree and other modern interpretations of the traditional outfit, this year saw the return of the saree to the Cannes red carpet in all its magnificent decadence, with the stars choosing to go neutral this year.





True to her promise of bringing back " forgotten Indian textile heritage" to the fore at Cannes this year, Kangana Ranaut wowed us with her outing in this beautiful gold kanjivaram saree by Falguni and Shane Peacock. She paired it with an embellished peplum corset. In a unique roaring 40's meets decadent Indian Royal aesthetic she carried this fusion look with aplomb, skipping all jewelry except a cocktail ring.

Adding to the drama were her gloves in rich aubergine - a nod to the colour purple once reserved only for royalty . With her dark sunglasses and wavy up-do, Kangana wore understated makeup not breaking up the charm of the outfit's overall aesthetic. She channeled subtle glimpses of her flamboyant inner flapper girl that truly matches her outspoken real life persona  with the aura of her recent avatar as Manikarnika, the warrior queen, right in place. Keep it up, Kangana !




Not to be outdone, Sonam's all gold Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla outfit was everything an Indian Maharani could ask for. And more. While the zaree gown itself was an interesting fusion of western and ethnic aesthetics, the addition of a drape which was attached to the shoulder as well as the low bun and then even worn over the wrist , looked more like it was from a costume drama. It would have been more at home on the sets of  a mythological Indian TV soap opera than as appropriate evening wear at the Cannes Chopard Party. The matching chunky choker and clutch were too much and even her luminescent and subtle make up could not save the day. Not again !





 Diana Penty won our hearts over and over again for her fabulous pearly white sleek saree gown with a long train like pallu, an ensemble by Amit Aggarwal . She paired this with coordinated pearl jewelry and matt red lips. The low hair-do was perfect for her gamine like stature and complemented her Greek goddess style ensemble. The overall effect of the outfit was simple, stunning and flattering to the young actor. - Encore !! we say.



  1. SWAN SUNDARI: Don't
Huma picked a pure white saree by Gurav Gupta and we loved her outing in the pristine ensemble, paired with a flattering messy ponytail and subtle make up which was most becoming on her. However the rather long silver and pearl embroidered white cape was not doing her form any favors and it just covered up in a swathe of more white her beautiful curvaceous figure that she usually flaunts with poise. The saree flatters all figures when draped right and the cape was just an unnecessary addition to an otherwise perfect outfit. Why Huma?? Show us your feminine curves because, that is what a saree is all about.


    It is great when the stars pick an Indian silhouette to showcase on an international red carpet. We have a rich heritage of sartorial artistry that has time and again been the unmistakable marker of our cultural essence and historical identity.

    We do recommend you to take notes from their ensembles for your own Indian ethnic outfit inspiration.

    However, seeing our acknowledged divas of style don our traditional aesthetic with pride and aplomb on an international platform is not merely a fashion trend worth emulating, it is a moment of joy in acknowledging our own distinctive identity on a global platform - a celebration of our very roots, for the whole world to see.


    Images Courtesy : 1. DNA. 2 -5 Instagram.

    Article By : Bhavna R

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