Ash to wear chikankari Abu-Sandeep sari at Cannes?

Ash to wear chikankari Abu-Sandeep sari at Cannes?
After a fashion fabulous 2011 in Armani and Elie Saab, Aishwarya will wear traditional Indian outfits at Cannes this year.

We already know she's not wearing A-list favourite Sabyasachi. But reports suggest Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, the designer duo favoured by Jaya Bachchan, will be styling Ash, on the red carpet and off it.

The actress, expected in Cannes on May 24 and May 25 to attend the L'Oreal Paris-amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research) dinner, has earned as much flak as praise for her previous red carpet outfits in the 10 years that she has been on it, since 2002.

This year, her post-pregnancy weight has been the focus of much debate and Ash can expect some serious scrutiny as she makes her appearances on the Croisette.

Ash's Cannes style files

Ash will reportedly opt for Indian wear, because she feels India has so much to offer in terms of exquisite handcrafted textiles.

Unconfirmed reports have a pastel wardrobe lined up for her, including an an off-white chikankari sari, fluid kurtas and one in the anarkali style. On her arrival in Cannes on May 23, she will have a wardrobe session with New York-based designer Michael Angel and return to India on May 26.

Michael Angel has already had one hit at Cannes with Frieda Pinto who took red carpet honours in his pale pink gown with a beaded bodice.

Abhishek Bachchan will not be accompanying Ash and five-month old daughter Aaradhya to Cannes since he is busy dubbing for his next project.

After Cannes, Ash will jet-set off to Monaco for the 17th Bal de l'Ete, scheduled from June 22 through June 24.

The theme of this event is Princess of Rajasthan, where she will likely slip into elaborate Indian wear.