Cannes: Calvin Klein celebrates Women in Film

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2015 Cannes Film Festival Dress Code Drama: Women Reportedly Turned Away From Premieres for Wearing Flats.

Women in attendance at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival are a bit heated over a purported heels-only rule for the festival’s many glamorous premieres, as ScreenDaily first reported. The industry newspaper described a group of women in their 50s getting turned away from the premiere of Carol for not being properly, er, heeled for the event. The strict dress code which means movie stars are always immaculately turned out was stepped up for the screening of Carol, a pro-LGBT romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and resulted in many being turned away for donning unacceptable footwear. Mad Max: Fury Road has powered onto the screens with a badass Charlize Theron in a fiery feminist spectacle to rapturous audiences, and the Queer Palm Award for LGBT films at Cannes is six-years-old now.

The publication says that “multiple guests” some with medical conditions were turned away and denied access to the screen of Todd Haynes’ competition entry Carol, a film about lesbian lovers, praised for its female-led cast and female producers. Senna director Asif Kapadia, whose Amy Winehouse documentary Amy was screened during the festival, tweeted that his wife had received similar treatment, but was eventually let in. We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore,” Blunt quipped, according to Variety. “That’s just my point of view—I prefer to wear Converse sneakers.” While Cannes director Thierry Fremaux tweeted that the heelgate rumors were wholly “unfounded,” ScreenDaily reported that festival officials confirmed that it is “obligatory for all women to wear high-heels to red-carpet screenings.” Oy. A number of women were turned way from the premier for wearing “rhinestone flats” according to Screen Daily – even though some of them were reported to have medical conditions. Needless to say, it’s 2015: Women should be allowed to attend formal events in flats if they so choose. (Maybe the rule would be different if it were obligatory for men to totter down the red carpet in four-inch stilettos.) While we enjoy seeing daring heels on leading ladies, it wouldn’t be as fun to fawn over those shoes if we had to think of them as, well, a festival requirement.

The festival has also imposed a strict ban on red carpet ‘selfies’ this year following the trend taking over every major public event from the World Cup to the Oscars. Another festival regular was allegedly turned away after arguing with four guards for 10 minutes, going so far as to explain she had ankle issues and could not wear heels. “It’s been ridiculous this year,” she told BBC’s Newsbeat. “Cannes needs to catch up with the times.

In the same weeks that sees the first woman in 28 years opening the festival, Emmanuelle Bercot, women are having their bodies policed because they don’t want to spend their nights in something they’re not comfortable wearing. I respect the rule and the location but at the same time I was in formal dress.” To be sure, at an historic and prestigious event such as Cannes, dress code is certainly meant to uphold tradition. Conflating standards of dress with what is essentially ableism is horrific, and only serves to illustrate the event as one for a very specific type of Cannes-goer. While a certain level of taste should be respected, to police a woman’s sartorial tastes and shame style decisions made based on medical reasons is ridiculous and misogynistic. Men are neatly boxed into the category of ‘suit and shoes’ as the sideshows, whereas women find themselves- wanted or not – centre stage, under intense scrutiny for whatever dress/bag/shoes/hairpiece combo they’ve dared to turn up in.

We’ve seen this from New York designers like Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, all designers who’ve showcased their outfits with flats, flatforms, and sandals. That’s very disappointing.” Others took it upon themselves to express their tastes however they chose, like comedian Samantha Baines who bravely opted for a pair of blinged out flats.

Women are a force to be reckoned with within film, but as Salma Hayek says, Hollywood doesn’t ‘see [women] as a powerful economic force, which is an incredible ignorance’. But maybe there are, and Cannes is just willing to ignorantly skim over them the same way those rhinestone flats skim over laughable and oppressive standards of appearance.

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