Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Cannes fashion choices, Monali Sarkar notes, have come a long way from her debut in 2002.
From photo call to red carpet, Aishwarya Rai went all out desi for her debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
She was there with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shah Rukh Khan for the premiere of Devdas, perhaps the first masala Bollywood film to be selected for screening at the famed festival.
The crowds adored her, but not her Neeta Lulla-designed sari.
Miss World 1994 returned to the festival the following year as a jury member -- one with a string of regrettable sartorial choices designed by Neeta Lulla.
This time Ash -- who delivered the Cannes inaugural speech, the first for an Indian actor -- ditched Lulla and opted for international designers.
But the missteps weren't over.
While the black Gucci gown hit the right notes, she struck out with the printed Giorgio Armani dress.
By 2009, Ash had clearly learned to get it right on the red carpet by sticking with designers like Roberto Cavalli and Elie Saab, but her off red carpet styling -- even Cavalli couldn't help here -- still needed serious work.
Ash brought her A-game to the red carpet with Elie Saab -- for the fourth consecutive year -- and Armani Prive.
But that off red-carpet look -- this time by Lanvin -- still cried out for the right stylist.
Ash continued her winning streak with Elie Saab and Gucci and her hits and misses with Indian designers (read Sabyasachi and Abu Jani-Sandip Khosla, respectively).
Ash clearly leaned towards embellished gowns on the red carpet irrespective of the designers -- Ali Younes, Elie Saab or Rami Kadi.
She also chose Naeem Khan for an off red carpet interaction and a Rohit Bal for a pre-Sarabjit screening engagement.
But what most people remember about her 2016 Cannes outing are those purple lips.
Ash channeled her inner fairytale princess at Cannes this year and left everyone nodding in approval.
For the first time in years Elie Saab was missing.
Instead, we saw her successfully experiment on and off the red carpet with Yanina Couture, Mark Bumgarner, Michael Cinco, Ashi Studio, Ralph & Russo and Monisha Jaising.