Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years

In a way, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become India’s unofficial ambassador to the prestigious Festival de Cannes commonly known as Cannes Film Festival. Aish made her debut in Cannes in 2002 and will complete 15 years at Cannes this year. On the other hand, Sonam Kapoor has been attending the festival for the last six years but this will be the first time that Sonam will be screening her film “Neerja” in Marche du Film.
Here’s a look at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor’s various looks at Cannes over the years-

1. 2002

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Aish 2002
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
For her debut Cannes appearance Aishwarya wore a golden Neeta Lulla sari with heavy gold jewellery.

2. 2003

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
In 2003, Aishwarya had the honor of becoming the first Indian actor to be a jury member at the Cannes but her choice of a neon green Neeta Lulla saree with her hair tied in a bun was a total fashion disaster.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Another badly chosen outfit of that year was a shimmering pink dress worn with diamonds and unkempt hair.

3. 2004

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Aish 2004
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
This revealing Neeta Lulla gown at the Cannes red carpet was criticized a lot for being too revealing.

4. 2005

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aish finally upped the glam game in 2005. She won hearts in her flirty, printed dress by Giorgio Armani.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She wore another winner in the form of a black Gucci gown with a plunging neck and sheer mid-section.

5. 2006

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai got a big thumps up for her midnight blue strapless Roberto Cavalli gown and a trend setting snake choker.

6. 2007

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Aish 2007
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
A married Aishwarya walked the red carpet hand-in-hand with hubby Abhishek Bachchan this year. She was shining in a Giorgio Armani gown with an imposing diamond choker.

7. 2008

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai attended the festival with her husband and in-laws. Showing off her petite figure in her golden gown, she looked like a true diva.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
For the next day, she looked sensuous in her black gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Out of her all her looks, the fuschia pink Roberto Cavalli she wore went down as one of her best looks.

8. 2009

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Tauted to be Aishwarya’s best ever red carpet appearance till date. On the first day, she opted for a floor-sweeping Roberto Cavalli strapless white gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She looked even more stunning in a grey Elie Saab one-shoulder gown and slicked-back hair.

9. 2010

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aish chose a black off-shoulder sheath dress, with a shoulder bateau neckline and short sleeves for promoting Raavan at Cannes.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya chose her favorite designer Elie Saab for the read carpet. She was a vision in a violet mermaid gown with a train and sheer shoulders.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She also wore a strapless Armani Prive embellished black gown. She kept her hair severe, but added a slick of rose-red to her lips.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Same year, Aishwarya wore a gorgeous Sabyasachi sari to perfection.

10. 2011

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai was a stunner in another Elie Saab one shoulder embroidered gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She looked fine in a structured two toned in a geometric Armani Prive dress with smokey eyes.

Sonam Kapoor-

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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor looked totally stunning in her first appearance at Cannes in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Sonam 2011 2
Sonam Kapoor
For a private dinner on the Cavalli Yacht, she wore a shimmery Roberto Cavalli dress.

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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam was next seen in a white gown by The Row with Lieber clutch and Ferragamo shoes for the photocall of the Chopard’s party.

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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor later impressed with a fun polka dotted Masaba Gupta saree to the IWC Dinner.

11. 2012

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
This was Ash’s very first red carpet outing after baby Aaradhya and she got brownie points for her choice of grey Elie Saab gown which clung to her plus size curves. This was the year when Ash was criticized for her drastic weight gain post pregnancy.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She was also seen in an Angelo Katsapis maxi dress.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She then wore a cream chikankari Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla sari with an embroidered jacket, which was a complete fashion disaster.

Sonam Kapoor-

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Sonam 2012 1
Sonam Kapoor
In 2012, Sonam Kapoor sported a black polka dotted ruffled dress by Naeem Khan at the the L’Oreal and Chopard rooftop party.

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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam opted for a Gothic look in a heavy tulle gown by Alexander Mcqueen at the red carpet.

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Sonam Kapoor
Finally she wore a strapless red velvet Dolce and Gabbana gown.

12. 2013
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wowed the fashion police in her one-shoulder teal Gucci gown at the premiere of Behind the Candelabra.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Next day also she was a hit in her black and grey Elie Saab couture gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She looked ravishing in a Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla floor-length anarkali with colourful heavy embroidery.

Sonam Kapoor

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Sonam 2013 1
Sonam Kapoor
For the red carpet, Sonam Kapoor decided to go traditional and opted for a lace sari by Anamika Khanna with an embroidered floor-length jacket. The pearl nathni stood out really well making this one of her best look in Cannes.

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Sonam Kapoor
This floral strapless Dolce & Gabana printed dress worn by Sonam this year was also a show stealer.

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Sonam Kapoor
Next she surprised us with her black and white net Shehla Khan lehenga worn with Chopard jewels for Trophee Chopard Party.

13. 2014
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aish stepped up her fashion choices with two gorgeous appearances, both in Roberto Cavalli. Her first look was in a glamorous strapless gold gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
And the second in a dazzling embellished white one. Both accentuated her beautiful curves really well.

Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor opted for a sparkly Elie Saab couture dress for the opening gala dinner at Cannes 2014.

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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam turned a desi in a pale pink Anamika Khanna couture net sari dress. She left her hair open this time with no earrings.

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Sonam Kapoor
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Sonam Kapoor
She wore two more Elie Saab looks this year- a light blue Couture gown for the Chopard party and a red lack back gown for media rounds.

14. 2015
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aish swept us off our feet in a Ralph & Russo monochromatic gown featuing black and white ruffles.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She again made her swoon in an Oscar de la Renta gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Stunning as ever in a green couture gown.

Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor
For her Cannes appearance in 2015, Sonam chose an electric blue draped couture creation by Ralph and Russo.

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Sonam Kapoor
After such a good entrance, Sonam received much criticism for following it up with a pale green feathered gown by Elie Saab.

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Sonam Kapoor
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's various looks at Cannes over the years- Sonam 2015 3
Sonam Kapoor

Sonam made a great comeback with two Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla looks- a stunning ruffled tiered saree and the other was a statement making top and skirt combo.

15. 2016
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
This year was Aish’s 15th year at Cannes. Her first appearance was a golden Ali Younes Couture gown with smokey blue eye-shadow and bold lashes.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Representing the brand L’Oréal for the press interactions, Aishwarya flaunted a red ruffled gown from Naeem Khan.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
For the Sarbjit press conference and screening, she wore a Rohit Bal ensemble in golden and brown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Later, she left everybody stupefied in a strapless monochrome Ralph and Russo gown.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
For the finale day, Aish donned on a bardot Rami Kadi dress. What stood out were those luscious purple lips. Some loved it, some hated it!

Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor
For her first appearance this year, Sonam opted for a sari by designer Rimzim Dadu paired with fuchsia lips, neatly tied bun and a striking black collar necklace for press interactions.

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Sonam Kapoor
She then turned on the heat at the red carpet in a stunning custom made haute couture gown from the house of Ralph & Russo.

Who do you think looked the best at the red carpet? Aishwarya or Sonam? Tell us below.

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