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Bollywood fashion at Cannes

By Arnika Thakur and Shashank Chouhan

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily of Reuters)

The image of Aishwarya Rai in a striking yellow sari with lots of gold jewellery walking the red carpet at Cannes 2002 is one that a generation of Indian movie fans may not forget.

Few Indians were familiar with Cannes until the actress made an appearance on the French Riviera. Not only did Rai introduce fans back home to the world’s leading cinema showcase, she also made global audiences take note of Bollywood. This year, the 66th Cannes festival is showcasing India as a guest country to mark the centenary of its film industry.

Celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Frieda Pinto and Amitabh Bachchan made an appearance - and had to step up their fashion game.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Ranna Gill

Highlights from the Ranna Gill collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi. Actress Minissha Lamba walked the ramp for Gill.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Varun Sardana

Highlights from the Varun Sardana collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.

Fashion diary – clothes, controversies and a finale that wasn’t

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Fashion consciousness has grown in a big way in the last 3-4 years, a fashion analyst told me. And judging by the crowds that throng the week-long Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, it would seem that most middle class citizens, given a chance (or a day pass) want to have a piece of the fashion fraternity tag on their chest, whether they have any clue about couture or not.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week finaleThe question of affordability or even wearability of the sometimes outlandish designs for the common man on Indian streets is another question.

WIFW 2010: INTERVIEW – Rahul Mishra

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Designer Rahul Mishra speaks to Reuters on the sidelines of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

(Videos by Urvashi Sibal)

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Lecoanet Hemant

Highlights from the Lecoanet Hemant collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – G Pia Fleming and Namrata Joshipura

Highlights from the collections of G Pia Fleming and Namrata Joshipura at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi. Actress Deepika Padukone walked the ramp for the two designers.

Highlights from the G Pia Fleming collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Abraham and Thakore

Highlights from the Abraham & Thakore collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Rocky S

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Highlights from the Rocky S collection at the 2010 Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi. Actresses Hema Malini and Esha Deol walked the ramp for Rocky S.

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WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Shantanu Nikhil

Highlights from the Shantanu-Nikhil collection at the 2010 Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

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