Claudia Eller, editor of Variety magazine, was rejected on the red carpet during the opening of the 2019 festival because her image did not match the dress code. Eller was wearing a formal trouser suit and flat-soled shoes. The story ended with the fact that the journalist was allowed to pass, but only because she filmed everything that happened on video and intended to publish it on the website of her publication.
The Cannes Film Festival is famous for its strict attitude to the appearance of guests, but first of all, the rules apply to women. On the red carpet, you can appear exclusively in an evening dress and high-heeled shoes. In 2018, Kristen Stewart, who attended the premiere of Spike Lee's "Black Klansman", took off her high heels in protest and walked barefoot down the red carpet.
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"If you can't ask men to wear heels and a dress, don't ask me to do the same," Stewart then told The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier, in 2016, Julia Roberts did the same. The actress took off her shoes before the premiere of "Financial Monster" Jodie Foster and walked up the steps barefoot. Unlike Kristen Stewart, she did not comment on her act in any way, and the press suggested that the actress was afraid to stumble on the stairs. Be that as it may, the actions of Stewart and Roberts can be called worthy, only there is no doubt that if the actress came in sneakers, sandals, or even barefoot right away, they would not have any problems.
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Such liberties can only be allowed by movie stars from the A list, less famous guests have a difficult time. 2015 was remembered for several scandals associated with an uncompromising dress code. Victoria Harwood, the wife of director Asif Kapadia, who presented Amy at the film festival, was refused admission to the premiere of her husband's film because of “wrong” shoes. At the screening of Todd Haynes's Carol, a group of women faced the same problem: they donned ballet flats, not heels, for medical reasons. An even more unpleasant situation arose with the Danish producer Valeria Richter before the premiere of Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees". The woman had her big toe amputated and she simply could not wear stiletto heels. As a result, they let her in, but the administration did not explainwhat kind of shoes he wants to see at the premieres.
Cannes Film Festival CEO Thierry Fremault refrains from commenting on flatgate. On Twitter, he wrote that “heels are not the rule. On the red carpet, everything is fine: tuxedo, black tie, but no obligatory heels."
At the same time, over the past few years, guests of the festival have often treated the dress code more than freely. For example, the director of the movie Spike Lee came to the premiere of the already mentioned "Black Klanman" in sneakers (and one sneaker was black and the other white).
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In 2017, the director of the film "Faces, Villages" JR appeared at the premiere not in a mandatory tuxedo, but in a shirt decorated with embroidery, without any tie and in sneakers.
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Often, Samuel L. Jackson also allows himself liberties on the track: at the closing ceremony in 2006, he was also not in formal shoes, but in white sneakers. At the 2019 festival, actress Chloe Sevigny appeared on the red carpet in a sports T-shirt, jogging shorts and low-heeled shoes, and this did not bother anyone, which once again proves that in the #MeToo era, a festival of this level needs changes and significant relaxation in the dress code …
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