Look 1: Joining the esteemed jury of Cannes Film festival this year was Vidya Balan. With the help of friend and designer Sabyasachi, who made sure that whatever he represents of the country has to be cultural and about fabric rather than bling bling, Vidya put forth her best foot forward at the Jury lunch arriving at the Martinez Hotel. The simplistc maroon lehenga with a minimally embellished blouse gives all the limelight to the textural khaadi which one can spot on vidya. Carrying the understated look with ease, she attracted the paparazzi. The Maroon lehnga and full sleeved blouse were paired with a black embroidered dupatta which nicely offsetted with it. Finishing off with a watch, jhumkis from The House of Surana and a potli bag, Vidya Balan surely worked that outfit. The middle parting and braid were the perfect hair for this look which she pulled off with aplomb.
Look 2: For the Jury Photocall, the actress went a very indian aristocratic look. With her hair tied in a bun, Vidya opted for a white handwoven Sari with a gold border from Sabyasachi’s Save the Sari campaign. The actress paired the sari with a black high neck full sleeved chiffon blouse with leaf motifs hand emroidered on shoulders and a buttoned down straight at the back. She completed her look in a severe mid parted hair and a neat bun. She rounded off her look with a chanel clutch, gold earings, string beads and a watch. Blowing off everyone that shes monotonous, the second look was experimental while within her comfort zone
Look 3: Now this is where she faltered. With the kind of body structure Vidya has, draping of the dopatta combined with the blush pink lehenga, made her look stocky and short. The blouse consisted of a black bodice with white embroidered sleeves. Though the jewellery was the kind of a timeless piece created exclusively for her by Amarapali, it did not help her much in salvaging the look. Looked like this wasn’t a night for Indians to shine on the red carpet since Mr. Bachchan faltered too (more on that later), making Sonam Kapoor the only Indian saving grace on the red carpet
Look 4: Redeeming herself the next day itself, Vidya attended the Juene and Jolie Premiere in a matt gold/beige sari with a gold and squined borders, paired with maroon full sleeved and high neck (again) blouse with embroidered sleeves. Her hair were styled into a severe mid parting and finished off with a bun. However it was her nath (nose ring) that garnered all the attention. After Sonam Kapoor, Vidya too decided to sport this major micro trend on the red carpet. The traditional nath gelled in well with her other gold accessories, and those sapphire beads provided the perfect pop of color breaking the earthy monotony of the ensemble. Carrying the embroidered potli bag, Vidya looked at ease with this look.
Look 5: Hopping between the premieres of Bombay talkies and Inside Llewyn Davis was Vidya Balan in probably one of my fav looks of her in her Cannes run. The Mehndi/olive colored handwoven tusser silk Sari with a bright pallu was right up her alley. Paired with a round neck ,giving a breathing space in the whole ensemble, full sleeved maroon blouse, Vidya’s hair changed too, to a much more looser and relaxed bun. Finishing up with a potli bag and just oversized earings without the necklace was a very wise move that worked in her favor as the makeup too was good on this day and worked brilliantly.
Look 6: Channelling her inner Gayatri Devi look, Vidya came the closest to the legend (she could now officially play the biopic :P) in this floral printed red Sari with and embroidered border. Red is usually not a good color with the fear one might blend into the red carpet, however she pulls this one off. Accessorizing her look with a watch, pearl strings, pearl drop earings and a chanel clutch, Vidya looked very much the inspiration Sabyasachi had. However it was the hair that was a sort of downer here. The loose upped bun aged the actress far more than her years.
Look 7: Vidya definitely did not finish off with much bang ( I personally wanted her to go for that fierce green lehenga that I saw in the preview Vogue did of her outfits at Cannes). However having said that she did a pretty impressive job at the closing ceremony. Probably the best hair during her run was this one. The side lock and loosely done braid was the perfect look for this two colored floor length anarkali. Wearing the black collared and full sleeved embroidered anarkali in black and olive/grey, Vidya added the glam via the matt gold sequined dopatta that she draped casually over her arms. Accessorizing the look with jhumkis and embroidered Sabyasachi purse, Vidya bid adieu to her jury duties
Lunch Looks: During Cannes I also saw Vidya in three looks (cant find the third picture), where in the jury spends time together and basically hangs out, chills and enjoys the perks. For this Vidya once went for a white cotton sari with black blouse, A maroon print sari with a maroon blouse and a red kurta that she paired with black elephant pants. She kept these looks sans jewellery and sometimes sans makeup too (all that dressing up would take a toll on anyone)
She had more hits than misses and definitely did not reduce the sari to a costume rather elevated it to be just a regular garment that had potiential to be as casual or formal depending on the occassion.