Aishwarya Rai Bachchan might say sporting a purple lipstick at Cannes was a call taken by her cosmetic brand but Sonam Kapoor believes the Sarbjit actress opted for the shade because she wanted to be “talked about”. “The whole idea of fashion and make-up is for people to discuss it and I guess she wanted to be discussed. She achieved what she wanted to achieve with it, which I think is great,” Sonam said.
Aishwarya, who completed her 15 years at Cannes this year, shocked one and all when she attended the screening of a film wearing a purple lip colour. When asked what she felt about Aishwarya’s purple lips outing and the flak it received, Sonam said the actress should be happy with the attention she got.
When told that Aishwarya has called it L’Oreal’s prerogative, Sonam, 30, quipped, “I don’t think she walked for L’Oreal that day. There was an Amul ad on it, people were discussing it. I think it was great to do it in the 15th year, it’s cool. She was trending everywhere.”
Sonam, who is also one of the celebrity faces of the cosmetic brand, said she liked the colour and felt Aishwarya carried it off with “aplomb.” When asked if she would ever try a shade like that, the Neerja actress said, “I have done purple lipstick in the past, I have even done black for a shoot… People haven’t spoken about me!”
One of Sonam’s red carpet appearances at the coveted festival, a saree-inspired long white gown, was also poked fun at. Unfazed by it, Sonam, who found the gown her best outfit, said, “There were just one or two people (who cracked jokes on the dress) but I think it was my most incredible look. I don’t believe in taking anything personally. I dress for myself and I felt beautiful.”
Interestingly, the actress stuck to just one designer brand, Ralph & Russo. “They (Michael and Tamara) are very good friends of mine. I spent New Years with them. I wanted to do something Indian-inspired and they kind of love India and love me. That’s why I did jhumkas and a saree gown, which I think was incredible.”
While fashion critics and young women keep a close eye on stars’ red carpet outfits at Cannes, for Sonam, the festival is about broadening her horizon as an actor by meeting international artists. “Meeting people across the world always broadens your horizon. Being a part of Indian film industry is like you are living in a cocoon`. You don’t feel like there’s more to life than that.”