The red carpet at the Cannes film festival is an elysium of old-fashioned glitz and glamour, after being criticised for the lack of women film makers playing in recent editions of the Cannes film festival, this year organisers have made efforts to bridge the gender imbalance by forgrounding women directors and producers however the festival faced controversy on Tuesday after it emerged that it takes the odd bout of tyrannical fashion policing to keep it that way.
Flat shoes were worn to the Cannes film festival instead of heels, resulting in the women being turned away! The women – some of whom were said to be elderly, with medical conditions – were attending the world premiere of Cate Blanchett’s new film Carol.
The dress code on the Cannes red carpet is ‘black tie and evening dress’.Thierry Fremaux tweeted: “For the stairs, the regulations have not changed: ‘No smoking, formal wear’. There is no mention of heels.” A note about dress codes on the festival’s website appears to reinforce his point. It says “black tie /evening dress is required for gala screenings” – with no guidance on heel height.
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.
“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels,” said Blunt, when asked about the controversy at the Sicario press conference. “That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.” The festival declined to comment on the matter, but did confirm that it is obligatory for all women to wear high-heels to red-carpet screenings. While Cannes glamour is an essential part of the festival’s mystique and fun – men are required to wear bow-ties – the festival might need to rethink its sartorial policies to accommodate those physically unable to remain slaves to fashion or who don’t fancy opting in to gender codes.
We consulted Upper Street Shoes to source their opinion on whether they believe it is right for women to decide what they want to wear on the red carpet:
“At Upper Street we believe that women should wear the heel height that suits them and that they find comfortable, whether that’s a flat shoe or a high heeled platform. It’s absolutely outrageous to think that you could be asked to leave an event because you’re not wearing high heels! Imagine if we made the guys follow that dress code?!
And flat shoes certainly don’t need to be boring, especially when you can design your own at www.upperstreet.com, it’s so easy to create something super-glamorous and unique that you can wear with pride for red carpet moments.
it’s so easy to create something super-glamorous and unique that you can wear with pride
These black and gold Art Deco flat sandals would look amazing with a sharp cut tuxedo, or a satin evening dress.
Upper Street shoes can be customised to your own design in sizes 33-44 in different width fitting too, so you can get an award-winning pair of shoes no matter what size you are. And if you need a little help creating your design, our Stylists are here to guide you, either in person at our luxury Shoe Lounge in Fitzrovia, or by phone / email. You can also book a Shoe Design Masterclass at the Shoe Lounge for groups of 6-20 women; perfect for corporate entertainment.”