Pooja Dhingra Gives Cannes a Sweet Makeover

These fashion-forward desserts, inspired by the red carpet at 72nd Festival de Cannes, are the haute couture of the culinary world.

Annabelle D’Costa

The 72nd edition of the global film carnival, Festival de Cannes officially kicked off on May 14, 2019, and will soon be coming to an end on May 25, 2019. The idyllic background of the sun-soaked French Riviera or Côte d'Azur is the perfect setting for the world's most high-profile directors and actors to premiere their films and documentaries and to win over critics and viewers alike, in the hope of winning awards.

Cannes film festival also happens to attract the world’s best couturiers who piggyback on some of the biggest names in world cinema, to set some of the best red-carpet fashion trends for the year. Like every year, Bollywood’s beauties too turned heads with their extravagant sartorial statements at Cannes. While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mallika Sherawat and Sonam Kapoor are regulars at the festival, 2019 saw Priyanka Chopra, Diana Penty, Huma Qureshi and even TV actor Hina Khan making their debut at Cannes.

And while the French Riviera may be far off our reach, it continues to be an inspiration to many, from fashion to beauty and even food. Take, for instance, Chef Pooja Dhingra who yet again shows off her baking skills by marrying fashion with food. What started two years back as a fun experiment, has now become an annual ritual for her—taking inspiration from some of her favourite B’wood outfits at Cannes, Dhingra reinterpreted them into the most gorgeous looking desserts at Le 15 Café.

Dhingra shares her vision and inspiration: “Two years ago, we were inspired by the Cannes Film Festival and showcased our take on the dresses as desserts. Since then, it has become a tradition; every time I see a Cannes outfit, I immediately think of what dessert it reminds me of.”

The five looks Dhingra selected on the Cannes red carpet, flaunted resplendently by our desi divas, were connected to memories they evoked for her. She says, “I love this year's looks because of how different they are from each other. I loved Sonam's yellow outfit, which reminded me of the shiny lemon eclairs I used to have in France. Aishwarya's outfit reminded me of candy canes and early Christmas.”

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Dhingra has always held the belief that food and fashion are closely connected. “There is a strong synergy between fashion and food, especially the desserts I love to make. At Le15, we have collaborated with multiple designers over the years such as Nachiket Barve, Masaba Gupta and Nimish Shah, where their fashion has inspired our menu,” she explains

Priyanka Chopra

Desi girl PeeCee, who turned heads with her style statement at Met Gala 2019, made her ‘glittery’ debut at Cannes. Donning a bold black and red embellished ensemble for one of her many red-carpet appearances, there’s no doubt that Chopra looked fiery in her custom creation by Roberto Cavalli. Her sequined strapless gown was inspiration enough for Dhingra’s chocolate cake with chocolate crumb. Wrapped in loads of edible glitter, of course, this cake is too pretty to be eaten. On how the dressed inspired her, Dhingra says, “We wanted to capture the glamour and dazzle of Priyanka's dress, which is why we made a chocolate cake with chocolate crumbles and made it extra sparkly.”

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Deepika Padukone

For her first red carpet appearance at Cannes, Deepika Padukone, who is representing a cosmetics brand, took a dramatic approach courtesy of designer Peter Dundas. The balck and white monochrome gown had a high front slit, a plunging neckline, exaggerated sleeves and a too-hard-to-be-missed bow. Padukone’s unconventional and bold choices left a lasting impression, and Dhingra has ensured that you do not forget the over-the-top bow with her cupcakes.

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Hina Khan

Hina Khan’s is best known for her work in Indian soap operas such as ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, and ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’, where she played the role of Kommolika. Khan is testing waters of the Indian film industry with Lines, a film set in the backdrop of Kargil War. Khan made her way on the Cannes red carpet to launch this very film’s poster. After owning the red carpet in a heavily embellished grey gown, she decided to keep her Day 3 look simple and classy. Her lavender dress with a huge black belt at the waistline was the inspiration behind Dhingra’s lavender macarons. “Pink and purple tones have always been my favourite, and lavender is no exception. The dress looked floral and fresh, which is why we recreated it with lavender macarons,” says the 33-year old pastry chef. These oh-so-pretty looking macarons even got a thumbs up from the star herself, “Thank you Pooja ️want to Taste them soon,” commented Khan on Instagram.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

It’s been eighteen years since Aishwarya Rai Bachchan first graced the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival; she’s been a regular since then. Over the years, the former Miss World has evolved in her sartorial choices making bold fashion and beauty statements. From the many avatars, the diva was in France this year, one, in particular, inspired Dhingra the most—Rai-Bachchan’s red and white striped dress by Columbia-based label, Leal Daccarett. This ‘eye-candy’ was indeed a vision to behold. Making those very “Candy cane dreams” come true are Dhingra’s candy cane eclairs and meringues! This look was recreated with raspberry and white chocolate meringue eclairs, informs Dhingra.

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Sonam Kapoor

You can always count on fashionista Sonam Kapoor-Ahuja to keep the fashion stakes high, and her recent outings at Cannes bear testimony to that. For her fourth appearance at Cannes film festival, Kapoor-Ahuja painted the town a bright yellow in a strapless dress with an off-shoulder and sexy back by Ashi Studio. She paired the electric yellow dress with matching yellow heels. Translating her fashion look into something edible are Dhingra’s “Shiny happy lemon eclairs” that are just a happy reminder of the holidays. “Yellow is such a happy colour, and the frills and flow of the outfit reminded me of fluffy and light lemon eclairs. We created a lemon eclair and recreated the frill with a lemon mousse,” says Dhingra.

Images: Instagram 
Lead image conceptualised by Vartika Pahuja 


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