Social Media got hyper when women wearing flat-soles were turned away from the premier of Carol by The Cannes Film Festival’s organizers on Sunday night. According to Screen, a number of women in their 50s were denied access to the showing of Todd Haynes’ Carol on Sunday night. It claimed the women were wearing rhinestone flats at the time – and said that the subject matter of the film itself – a lesbian romance starring Cate Blanchett about fighting against societal norms – added to the outrage of those turned away.
The Cannes Film Festival’s organisers have defended turning women away from red-carpet film screenings if they weren’t wearing high heels. A spokesperson for Cannes said: “Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years. There is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s. Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the Festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it.”
Vicci Ho, a Cannes regular and former festival programmer, wrote on Twitter that she was “almost turned away” for wearing leather flats, despite doing so because she was suffering ankle problems. She later wrote on the site that the enforcement of the dress code had been “ridiculous this year”. These were some of the Tweets on Cannes’ ludicrous ‘dress-code’:
#Cannes2015 Not Highlight – Both our head of sales and junior turned away at Carol premiere for lack of sass in shoes @muirkate
4:00 PM – 19 May 2015 · France, France
isabelle glachant[email protected]
And some for wearing pans!Or told that their dress was “too ugly”. To depend on security men subjectivity is Scary!! https://twitter.com/screendaily/status/600576138386251776 …
Vicci Ho[email protected]
@Yishabelle @Screendaily I almost got turned away for wearing fine leather oxfords, wasn’t in heels bc of ankle problems. Argued way in.
Why the hell did they hold a talk on ‘Gender equality in Cinema’ when they believe in such antique sexist norms???
Seems like Cannes Film Festival is more about Fashion & Luxury than Films. Louis Vuitton and Roberto Cavalli are among the international luxury brands to have recently opened dedicated stores during the upcoming CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2011. Chanel is the latest brand to announce the set up of a pop up store in Cannes, during the festival, at Majestic Hotel.
Other major luxury brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Gucci and Van Cleef Arpels are setting up showrooms at Martinez Hotel, mostly to provide assistance as well as last minute ”touches” for the hundreds of celebrities who will be wearing luxury branded clothing, accessories and jewellery.
Chanel is setting up its pop-up store or say, a temporary showroom at the luxury Eden Roc Hotel, in a large suite. Karl Lagerfeld, himself, will be present for several trunk shows and fittings with his ”muse” celebrities as well as top haute couture clients who will be in Cannes for the duration of the Film Festival.
Christian Dior will set up its beauty and fragrances displays at Martinez Hotel and will organize its traditional Cannes event together with ELLE magazine at Eden Roc Hotel on May 20th.
Swiss jeweller CHOPARD, which is also a main sponsor of the CANNES Film Festival, will organize on May 14th, its traditional Trophée Chopard event, which this year will celebrate 10 years under the patronage of Robert de Niro, who is also the President of the Jury of this year’s edition. The Chopard Trophee rewards the talent of two young actors, each year, counting among its previous winners: Marion Cotillard, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Diane Kruger and Gael Garcia-Bernal.