Freida Pinto in Sanchita at Cannes

Posted on May 17, 2013

We thought we liked this, but now we’re not so sure.


Freida Pinto attends the ‘Jeune & Jolie’ premiere during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a gown by Indian designer Sanchita Ajjampur paired with Jimmy Choo shoes.

When it comes to the metallics, we always like the darker ones. Give us a pewter over a silver or a bronze over a gold practically any day of the week, which is why this look caught our eye. But man, that shape is really doing nothing for her. And it all looks kind of heavy and overwrought to our eyes. It’s awesome that she’s bringing Indian designers to Cannes, but this dress probably belongs on some other lady with a different shape to her.

And while we like the hair, we think one bug hair clip was enough. Two might be okay, but three is definitely a case of overkill. It looks like they styled her hair with honey and it attracted every winged insect on the Riviera.


[Photo Credit: Getty, PacificCoastNews]

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  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I love it. The color IS gorgeous. The shape is sort of retro to my eyes…. I’ve got Gatsby on the brain, so it’s making me see things in a different light. From the back – it’s working like crazy!!

    • Nicholas

      Good call. I’m getting a Bérénice Bejo in The Artist vibe after reading your comment.

    • drdarke

      I think it works overall, and doesn’t look too heavy on her. The insect hair clips are fine, IMO.

      I’d give this an IN.

  • shirab

    Doesn’t do much for her waist, but I love the draped back, don’t mind the bugs, and honestly, she’s so pretty that it’s just fun to look at her.

    • Lesley

      i completely agree. from that back it’s perfection!

      • Mary229

        Agreed. The back view is pure elegance.

      • I think the back is sheer… And I think I can tell what kind of panties she’s wearing… Not sure how I feel about that when it isn’t intentional.

    • Valdri8

      The waist is too high on her in the front; it needs to be dropped down an inch or so.

  • aeb1986

    I love it from the back, it looks so elegant. But I agree, it doesn’t do much for her shape from the front. And too many hair bugs

  • Carrieanno

    I didn’t care for this at first, but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. As for the bugs – it’s Cannes; go big or go home.

  • MilaXX

    I dunno. I like it. I do agree three is too many baubles in the hair,in fact given they are also on the dress, I think one in the hair is enough. Still I like this look. The dress looks like chain mail so I’m sure it is indeed heavy, but I’m not sure much could be done to change that.

  • SewingSiren

    Stunning. I love the silhouette on her. The back cowl is divine. And I much prefer the translucent to the transparent when it comes to sheer beaded gowns. Love the hair jewels too. I’m ALL about overkill when it comes to hair jewels.

    • Griffinqueen

      TOTALLY! I can’t help myself–I have always loved sparkly hair bugs. It’s the 6 year old little girl that still lives in a Fairy Treehouse in my psyche!

      • SewingSiren

        Birds of a feather.

    • 3boysful

      How funny–I am picturing Sewing Siren (whom I consider an expert sewing virtual friend!), trotting off to the grocery store with lots of hair baubles!

      • SewingSiren

        I actually do that.

        • 3boysful

          I will keep an eye out for you!

    • alyce1213

      The dress, though metallic, is sedate so I love the hair sparkle,
      Love the dress, love the hair and accessories, love her.

  • I think the belt needs to be put in another place. Is it a belt? Anywho, it just needs some shape, and then it would be totally gang busters.

  • PeaceBang

    She is always such a pleasure to see on the red carpet, so gorgeous and impeccable. You never see Frieda Pinto’s baby toe hangin’ out a sandal! But I agree that the shape of this gown isn’t flattering for her. However, she is styled beautifully, I love the pewter, her make-up is beautiful and those hair clips are fabulous. The dress is stunning from the back, but you do have to show people your other side now and then.

  • Is that see-through? Because it looks like I’m seeing butt crack in that last photo and if I am, then hells to the no. If not, it’s an OK dress with too much going on.

    • Qitkat

      I was really starting to love this, glitter bugs and all, until you pointed this out. Cringe.

      Are stylists now telling their clients that if The Most Beautiful Woman In The World can flash all her goodies, why lesser mortals really have no choice but to keep up?

    • I thought I saw that too, but other pictures show that the dress is lined, so I think it’s an unfortunate shadow.

      • I hope you’re right because otherwise, ew. Some of the shots make it look like you can see all of her legs, others, not so much.

    • it might be one of those dresses that is revealing when photographed but not when seen in person. There have been many instances of “red carpet flashing” in the past. I think one of them was Al Gore’s daughter and maybe Goop in that black ruffled tank top dress that was just so ugly.

  • It’s heavy and it’s thickening. Also, not shown here, the dress lining is very similar to her skin tone and the pics where she is flashing more leg are off putting and bringing the whole thing dangerously near unflattering.
    eta: Her face is stunning, love the makeup.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    The back view is flawless, but the waist is a little high and her hair is not working for me.

  • I agree that the back is gorgeous and very Gatsby. I think the hair bugs are overkill, and I would like to see her wearing some kind of jewelry – unobtrusive, yes, but here she looks nude, jewelry-wise. Lose the hair pins and add some nice twenties art deco simple jewelry. Actually, come to think of it, the main problem that I have with the hair clips is they’re too art nouveau (or actually, kinda just plain tacky.)

  • One has to look really long and hard to notice that the bugs are identical to the ones on the dress. Don’t know if that makes a difference to the number issue.
    This dress makes her look big from the waist down, that’s a pity.

  • moppet

    That fabric is amazing. I really like it! I agree about the hair clips, though.

  • Nicholas

    It’s not risky enough to me. I think Pinto needs to experiment more instead of going for demure so often.

    She’s always taking on interesting movie projects, so she might as well apply that to her red-carpet choices.

  • TheAmericaness

    I thought the the shot from the side seemed a little off, but other than that I thought she looked lovely… and yes, one or two bugs would have sufficed, but it’s hardly a major fashion faux pas.

  • Jecca2244

    i love it and think she looks gorgeous.

  • 3boysful

    I like the two butterflies, but the dragonfly on the bun is overkill.

    Is it me, or are designers suddenly making the waists higher? She looks like she has no torso, which often happens when one has an ample bosom, yet from the is not really the case. The dress nonetheless is contriving to give her a boxy shape. If this were corrected, I would adore this look.

  • Pennymac

    Are the Twenties gonna come “roaring” back cause of Gatsby?

    Anyway, the dress? I’d like it better if the doo dads on the front were off of it and it had a soft cowl neckline to mimic the back. With that much beading they are just a weird distraction. Also, the fit is, for lack of a better word, frumpy (?) around the waist. Just not flattering, IMHO.

  • The back is gorgeous but too short-waisted in the front. Hair is flat but makeup is perfect. Metallic color is lovely on her.

  • IAmJ

    Even if I wanted to, I’m physically unable to say anything negative about this girl. She is lovely with that disarming smile of hers.

  • mmc2315

    Gorgeous and sexy from the back. The front & side view is not working.

  • charlotte

    If we were doing a “If we were her kittens” section, I’d recommend this dress to Morena Baccarin along with the one Lana del Rey wore.

  • alyce1213

    I ADORE THIS. This is a magnificent dress. The fabrication and construction are incredible. She looks amazing.
    Whether she wore one or two or three hairclips is not significant because this is a complete knockout.

    (eta: A slightly high waistline IS an option in fashion. I think it works here)

  • jilly_d

    DEM SHOULDERS! She looks like Rashida Jones here. Love it.

  • LaSylphide

    I think it might work better without the decorations on the bodice. The fabric is it’s own decoration and really doesn’t need embellishments. Also, where is the waist supposed to be? It looks a little high, but not high enough to be empire.

    And is the rear view giving us a look at her thong? That I could do without.

  • Kate4queen

    I really like it!

  • cmb123

    Somehow I think much of what she wears ages her. this is a great color but definitely shapeless. I can’t help thinking she needs a bit more fun in her fashion

  • snarkykitten

    Hey ladies, remember butterfly clips? They were all the rage in the 90s!

  • gabbilevy

    Piling on with the “love this!” crowd. The color, the back are both working like gangbusters, the dragonflies are fun and the shape of the thing isn’t unflattering enough to take away from everything it’s got going for it.

  • I wish this was an IN or OUT post because I LOVE this dress. I agree it makes her hips look a little wider than they probably are, but because she’s so slender, it’s not exactly unflattering. The dress has such an elegant feel to it (despite it’s heaviness) and I love that 20s hair!!!

  • mhleta

    Yeah, not the best silhouette for her. Bugs on the chest + bugs in the hair = too many bucking fugs.

  • Agreed on the hair clips, but I *love* the dress. It’s stunning.

  • Mary229

    She is a beautiful woman and the color is so pretty but I agree about the shape. Something is off.

  • msdamselfly

    Wow She looks gorgeous. Her hair and makeup are divine. The dress from the back looks beautiful. The shape of the bodice is a bit conservative for her age but the nationality of the designer may be the reason. Indian women are more modest than their Western counterparts, aren’t they?

  • butterflysunita

    She looks fabulous. And love that she’s not only wearing an Indian designer, but a female Indian designer.

  • The back is so much more flattering than the front. I think there’s too much embellishment across the chest; makes it look a little frumpy. I don’t think the color flatters her, either. Now, I can totally see Blanchett rocking this color.

  • jmorino08

    I like this in theory, but there is definitely something off about the execution.

  • I think she looks gorgeous and I love that she wore an Indian designer on such a big stage.

  • This is really gorgeous. LOVE it. I wish her physical waist was a little more defined, but I still think she looks beautiful from head to toe.

  • random_poster

    I get what you said, and yet, I think she looks utterly fabulous. I wish my worst days looked that good.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the makeup and the texture of the dress.

  • The ridiculous, unnecessary slit did it in for me.

  • Tee

    It’s a shame the waist can’t decide to be empire or not. Great details in the dress. It kills from the back! I’m ok with the hair jewelry, but they look more like moths than butterflies. Being unbelievably beautiful helps keep the look from being a complete flop.

  • carnush

    Maybe it’s not the best silhouette, but still a gorgeous dress. That color is fabulous.

  • Anniebet

    That’s a batch of heavy, shapeless whatsits on the top of that dress. Even with my screen zoomed to 300% I can’t tell what they’re supposed to be, but I’m assuming from the winged thingies in her hair that her dress has that motif as well.

    She looks radiant and lovely. That third pic is so beautiful. Shame the dress doesn’t live up to the wearer.

  • Oh, that belt needs to GO.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I love it.

  • RedRaven617

    There is something about the neckline and armholes that makes it look matronly to me. But from the back, it is beautiful.

  • E. D.

    The waistline looks like it is up too high.

  • how is this not a WERQ she is spectacular

  • i think it’s lovely — SHE’S lovely — although it would be improved by a lower waistline, or a wider one that went a bit further down, to minimize her waist. and i don’t mind the bugs. she’s so beautiful.

  • Caitlin O’Brien

    I love everything about this, head to toe. Would have been a WERQ in my book. Stunning.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I agree – this is just perfection, top to bottom, I love everything about it.

  • elemspbee

    oh look sister brought her own flies!

  • quiltrx

    It’s a beautifully-made gown, and working great from the back (except I think I can see her butt crack? maybe too sheer.).
    But the proportions are way off on the front. The waist is way too high to begin with, and I also think the cowl back may be pulling it at the shoulders, making the waist even higher.

    • l_c_ann

      I agree in the waist not being in the right place to match her body.

      Why cowl the back, it’s not really needed and the dress fabric can stand alone on her.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I love this. I was sold when I saw the close-up! Yowza! As a seamstress I bow down to the hundreds and hundreds of hours of work that went into making this fabric and this dress. Stunning.

  • Verascity

    I disagree. She looks stunning.

  • ItsDicey

    I dunno, guys. I mostly like this. And I think the hair looks lovely, but agree that one less bug would be better.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I like it. I think the shape from the front is just OK. I agree with you there. But it’s better from the side, and fantastic from the back. seriously, she chose it because of how it looked from the back, and I can’t blame her for that.

  • sanket

    Its beautiful

  • librarygrrl64

    I love the gown and color on her, but the waistline looks like it is in that unflattering nebulous region between Empire and natural waist.