Richa along with her Sarbjit crew also walked the red carpet at the Mal De Pierres premiere at Cannes. While I like that she picked a sari (a Sabyasachi) to wear to the vent, can’t say she fared well in it.
We don’t have the best pics but the stark white blouse just seemed rather jarring against the gold sari. A dull-gold blouse would’ve worked better here. Not that I was a fan of the fish-scale pattern sari itself.
P.S. Her clutch is also Sabyasachi and jewellery from Amrapali.
How terribly is she handling the pallu
I so agree! The sari had potential and she wore it like shes wearing a sari for the first time. One boob show is for girls who r smaller. Whoever is the stylist needs to be fired for not making her wear her sari well.
Oh my eyes. This is a simple WT*! Ugly saree, uglier blouse, the way the whole look comes together and the way she is holding the pallu, the drape is just ew. Not to mention the hair which looks like a taupe. lol.
And yes like I mentioned in one of her previous post , she is for sure on the route of Ms Balan in being unkempt-shabby and this “saree” look is a typical example.
The whole Cannes Indian contingent has been underwhelming, this is just an addition. But why bring Ms Balan into it. No connection between her and Ms Chaddha in this context. Apart from your dislike of the two i.e.
As if! Ms Balan has the knack to take a nice Sabya and make it look cheap & shabby just like what Richa has done here . The poise, the drape all matters for a saree.
I get that you like a proper drape but cheap and shabby is a generic phrase to apply and the comparison thrown in for no good reason. RC and VB wear their clothes quite differently.
As do Sonam and AR at Cannes. Numerous silly comparisons flood these pages depending on people’s biases.
still , there was no need to bring in Ms Balan
I so agree on not bringing in Ms. Balan in this post. No connection whatsoever. Totally uncalled for!
Rr, lol, she didnt do anything to me. I just dislike her unkempt-shabby looks which is now synonymous with her name and yeah I know I am not the only one hating on that. Not everyone can like everyone or their looks. Every person has their dislikes, some agree and the rest lie thats all. :D
So yeah thats how opinions are . Each differs on what they like. Everyone has biases, likes & dislikes . I dont have to conform to any standard of how I should be wording my comment or who should be compared. Not just me, there are many on this site who have the same opinion, in fact people have even commented not to feature Ms Balan because there is no hope for her. I dont care to comment on who has to be featured or not featured (Like peeps have been questioning about why no Sunny Leone), but if they are featured, I will comment on how I like – there is no need to frame sentences, adjust according to someone elses liking. I dont go around calling out on your opinion or what your biases are. This is a fashion blog, you can leave your comment on the free space, no need to crusade over my comments. Thanks.
alright , In the name of freedom of speech , lets all be nasty and unnecessarily rude !
ha ha ha!! Avani, what in God’s name did Vidya Balan do to you? So much hate and this is not even a post about her.
@Sarah: LOL! In one line you pretty much summarized the entire paragraph above!
I am sorry but if you leave your opinion in a public space you should expect replies. Thats how it works. Comments are part of a post and not stand alone. And I dont get this “crusade”, it was an observation.
Piku, yes thats how it works. For me shabby clothes particularly saree = Ms Balan. So when I see someone unkempt in a saree thats what I get reminded of. I used the word crusading because I dont see any of the ones usually commenting on my comment, commenting on anything else. There are tons of comparisons being made on this same blog, I have seen people like Aishwarya or Sonam being brickbated upon (Again its their opinions and I dont go to support because at the end of the day its their view), but when it comes to people like say Richa Chadda comments are taken so seriously and many like you appear from nowhere. If you dont like my comment thats alright, but this comment policing of why and what I should write is rather silly & uncalled for. That’s what I meant. Thanks.
I mentioned AR and Sonam and that silly comparison. What is this come out of nowhere?! I can’t speak for others but the reason I commented was I was scrolling and went huh what was that comparison. Again if you are commenting expect replies, no need to have a chip on your shoulder and react so strongly. Standing by my views and thanks and the end.
I completely agree with you now.. Every one should be free to comment ..
So now by default , Let’s be tolerant of others comment and let them write what they want . Since the comments are part of posts and don’t stand alone , are written for the audience viewing the post .
sarah, yes, everyone is free to comment on this space but not to dictate on my comment on how I should be writing mine. I have been tolerant of all the comments. Feel free to point me to a place where I have written a reply to a comment ( I would click on that reply ONLY if I am agreeing with the said commentator’s negative or positive view) about how wrong their comment is, how they should be framing their sentence, what comparison should be done. I might have said that in my separate comment at times but NEVER go cray cray on the commentator because I dont agree with that person. For example, I think Dia is par above the rest in terms of charm-poise but I see so many insulting comments even for a lady like her, so what, it is their view. I don’t go around comment policing on peeps who write about her or name calling on them. I still stand by my view that this look because of the shabbiness, unsightly poise, and unkemptness reminds me of Ms. Balan. Thanks, again.
oh no! I too don’t love the saree but it still had potential if she had a better blouse and actually wore it better. This is so disappointing….
She wins by default. She’s standing next to purple lipped Aishwarya. Lovely makeup and hair. I like the white and gold although the blouse is not the best.
The blouse isn’t the best but the sari has a sort of wanton glamour to it. even traditional is open to interpretation.
Agree! Wanton glamor. :)
I like that she wore a Sari. The blouse is something Sabyasachi should be embarrassed to have given her to wear for such a prestigious event. Not everyone has model figures and blouses should be given keeping one’s shape in mind. It killed the look.
Not bad…her choice of blouse is wrong. Hair and makeup looks great, especially the lip color!
Love the saree and makeup but that blouse totally ruins her look. A maroon or dark violet blouse could have done wonders.
It is so disappointing to see such known names wearing not-so-impressive clothes to events like Cannes. These events should be used as an opportunity to showcase the best designers or choices that we have and not just wear whatever and walk the red carpet. Sigh! hope we start taking such forums seriously.
I think Richa Chadha is has smouldering good looks which are sadly drowned out with this sari. I love Sabya but can’t believe that *this* is Sabya!?! I am not a fan of the one boob show in a sari, the pallu could have been draped better. It looks like she got ready super fast. Saris are so elegant and beautiful but this looks quite the mess.
The saree by itself is beautiful. But the blouse, the one-boob show, the dried-out hair – all just killed the look. And by “killed” I mean: Murdered it, burnt it, and then danced on the ashes.
Such a poorly draped ugly looking saree .
Third pic! wow!
I mean fourth one. No grace at all.
“No grace at all” – That is the best modest way of calling it. :)
Who is the dumb stylist who makes a woman wear her pallu center to neck?!! Richa should have spent some more money and hired a good stylist hair and makeup person there. Looks so bad!
The blouse makes everything look tacky
The look went downhill because of the blouse I think. And I thought bollywood was done with the one-booby-peep-show look but alas, sigh!
This look would have been a winner if not for that one-boob show. That kills it for me! Otherwise, its a neat look. The blouse wouldn’t have stood out so badly if the boob-show wouldn’t have been done. Superb make-up and hairstyle though.
No….No….No Is this the same Richa who had given winning looks last year while at Masaan screening…… The Saree looks eeeeoooowwwwwww no WOW factor about it. Loved the hair and footwear but make up makes her look tired and fatigued……
The appearance at Cannes’16 by the entire Indian contingent has been very underwhelming so far….
Personally, I’d always cringe when Bollywood ladies wore saris to international events. Everyone knows that sari is the Indian national dress but there is no need to push it in people’s faces anymore. It is more important to appear international and stylish overall so that you don’t get pigeon-holed into your Indian identity and end up getting only stereotypical roles in movies. I believe this is what happened to Aishwarya Rai and this is why Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are having relatively more success internationally.
All that being said however, this is possibly the least cringe-worthy sari I have seen at Cannes. Unfortunately, the blouse and the hair are very bad!
There’s nothing wrong with wearing a sari internationally. The world belongs to everyone and not just to people who wear western clothes. Chanda Kochchar, who heads ICICI Bank, wears saris abroad and when she’s being interviewed by Bloomberg. In London, my mum has worn saris to functions at Buckingham Palace and Prince Charles residence. Even if someone gets pigeon holed, it’s the stupidity of that other person and not the person in the sari.
And anyway, Deepika wore a sari to Cannes once.
Very well said!
I agree and in reply to the commentator below, no I am not embarassed about my Indian identity. What I meant is that if I were a Bollywood actress with some ambition to work abroad, it is smarter to appear like a global movie star rather than get put into a box.
In my office, I always feel like ppl take me less seriously when I’m dressed in Indian clothes. Same thing appears be true in case of other expats. (since I am not important enough to be Chanda Kocchar or to be invited to the Buckingham Palace ;) )
I totally agree about the need to appear global and not get stereotyped at these events. But imo if they have been making appearances already at Cannes and they have an established career, they probably can don their Ethnic clothes for a change and showcase our heritage. However, it is a known fact that staying successful in Hollywood is definitely not an easy thing. Most know however good their acting chops, irrespective of their ethnicity, however global they get, the majority of ladies who have gotten Academy Awards are the ones who have not shied from doing R rated scenes (I cant say explicitly what since P&P probably will censor me :P) and it IS one of the major criteria however crude it may sound. So in that aspect I think for an Indian to be that successful has to be ready to “act” out what the role calls for even if it meaning shedding your clothes (Indian or western :P). But yes an entry would be facilitated by appearing more global and styled accordingly.
Also, Hollywood has a term for what it deems as an acceptable non-white person to be cast in a movie – ethnically ambiguous. Which means that if your ethnicity is easy to ascertain either through physical attributes or through your clothes, the number of suitable roles are greatly diminished.
For an Indian woman, perhaps the role of a “msytically mystic”, “exotic” and “mysteriously foreign” “misstress of spices”! :D
Also, Aishwarya Rai may not be looking for an international career now, but she was earlier. It is sad Hollywood didn’t get to see more of her, given how beautiful and talented she is.
I partly agree with your opinion about showcasing Indian fashion. But neither this blinged out Bollywoody sari nor Aishwarya’s patch-work tent can be considered worthy of Indian heritage.
Melange, while I get that what you’re saying happens, I think it’s a problem in the other person’s head if they are not taking you seriously in Indian clothes. You don’t stop doing you because of that.
I remember sometime back, one of the readers here mentioning she stopped wearing skirts and contacts and started wearing glasses to be taken seriously as a professor, somewhere abroad I think London!
I think what’s important with fashion is to be true to yourself. This much calculation about what to wear or represent sounds ridiculous to me, as if this platform is an audition for Hollywood.
Just saying, if my mom was suddenly called to one of these functions, I wouldn’t expect her to wear gowns and take off her bindi and stuff. I’d expect her to rock her south indian silk like nobody’s business.
I think wearing just about anything that’s event appropriate is just fine (and probably recommended), as long as you’re feeling it. Better than trying too hard and ending up neither comfortable nor in Hollywood :P
Equating ‘wearing a sari to international events’ to shoving it at other’s face somehow says that you are uncomfortable being who you are ( if you are Indian)
Cringe away for all you want and let the rest of us enjoy everyone’s different take on fashion.
I don’t think AR is looking for an international career. She has enough name recognition and is pretty much there as a Indian superstar. RC is there for her Indian film. Sometimes Japanese actresses wear kimonos too. In any case time for the West and us to accept a diverse world with diverse fashions- especially for an intl film festival.
Can we get this Sarabjit Gang back home before they embarass us even more.
‘She Wins by default, next to purple lipped Aish …’ that was the best comment ever.
Yeah guys..seriously get back home..
This takes tacky to whole another level.Anyone else here feel the urge to reach in and drape that pallu properly.
But she looks like Desi Femme Fatale! Would have given her full points if this was in India but Cannes calls for a more global desi kinda look.
Uh oh.. this is what you call a hot mess.
yeah really wish the blouse was different, this one makes her look much bigger and broader.
That said, the sari does have some glamour, just wish the finishing touches were better and she’d carried it better.. lots of wishing .. hehe :P
Gosh!! This is such a eye soar .
I’m no saree expert, but that pallu looked all sorts of wrong even to me! She should opted for something else .
Not a bad saree but the blouse ruins it for me. Richa is not on her best run this year. Her last year Cannes appearances were so on point and classy.
They were trying for olden days glamour and it got lost with this blouse. But at least she wasn’t trying to make a statement with her clothes, outrageous make up or poses.
I don’t get the Balan connection either. Or Sonam & ARB for that matter. They seem our best targets for bashing.
A proper draping would have elevated this look. That blouse is not helping either.
This is just too tacky blouse and draping. She is not looking good at all
Richa takes sari to a whole new level of crass…that one boon show is looking plain vulgar. Bad bad choice for Cannes