She opts for a red saree with bold prints, designed by Swati and Sunaina.
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai turns heads once again at a lunch reception with French President, François Hollande.
The 42-year-old star of Sarbjit and Jazbaa (2015) looks every part regal at the event in Delhi on January 26, 2016.
She opts for a red saree with bold prints, designed by Swati and Sunaina and meticulously crafted in Banaras.
A source close to the designers tells IANS that the beautiful saree is one of a kind, being made from natural fibres and dyed with eco-friendly methods.
The intricate Indian weaving technique of ‘kadhuwa’ is also used to create the garment, which is all the more fitting to welcome the head of a foreign state.
Pairing it with Polki jewellery, Ash mesmerises everyone at the all-important event and proves after all these years, she is still the ultimate beauty queen!
Indian entrepreneur Suhel Seth and the Élysée Palace have both tweeted photos of meeting the former Miss World:
— Élysée (@Elysee) January 26, 2016
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) January 26, 2016
Aishwarya has a close connection with France, notably with her stunning commercials for cosmetics brand, L’Oréal, and regular appearances at the Cannes Film Festival.
She is also a proud recipient of ‘The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2012, for ‘her invaluable contribution to the world of cinema and the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema, art, and culture’.
She joins other famous Indian figures, such as Shahrukh Khan, Anurag Kashyap (director) and Bharti Kher (artist) in receiving the prestigious civilian award.
Hollande is currently on a three-day visit in India, during which he has signed a defence deal with Narendra Modi for India to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets to modernise its military.
The French President has also attended India’s 67th Republic Day parade in Rajpath to wrap up his tour.