I'm appalled that Cannes stars must wear heels, says Judy

Tuesday 26 May 2015

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Call me naïve, but I was shocked to read this week that at the glamorous Cannes Film Festival ‘it is obligatory for all women to wear high heels to red carpet screenings’.

That came straight from a Neanderthal official spokesman, after a number of women were actually turned away from the red carpet for wearing flats.

These were not photogenic young starlets, but women in their 50s who were attending the screening of this year’s big hit, Carol, starring Kate Blanchett.

They weren’t actresses, but women who’d worked on the film off-screen, including one who’d recently had surgery on her foot.

But despite the fact they were wearing super-fashionable rhinestone flats, they were denied entry. As was the wife of Asif Kapadia, the director of Amy, a documentary about the late singer Amy Whitehouse.

This confirms my view that the Cannes festival is increasingly tacky, especially as the two-faced officials did allow famous faces such as Isabella Rosselini and models Ines de la Fressange and Aymeline Valarde onto the red carpet, even though they had opted for flat Grecian-style sandals.

I don’t think famous red carpet feet should take this lying down, especially as flats are super-fashionable this season. Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Valentino, Burberry, and Erdem all featured sandals and even trainers in their spring/summer collections.

Next year all the actresses at Cannes should stage a flattie revolution. Several of them, including Charlize Theron and Cate Blanchett have already criticised gender inequality at Cannes and in the wider film industry. So they should put their money where their tootsies are and all wear flats. That’ll teach the old goats who run Cannes a lesson.

Read Richard and Judy's Daily Express column in full here.
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