May 15th, 2009
11:31 AM ET

The fashion police at Cannes

France is synonymous with style. It is, after all, the country that produced Yves St. Laurent and Coco Chanel.

So perhaps it's no surprise the Cannes Film Festival has fashion police.

When covering premieres, members of the media are required to wear black tie. But not just any black tie. One of our cameramen, Chris Audick, showed up to cover a premiere wearing a tuxedo with a black necktie. Wrong! The fashion police informed him he must wear a bow tie (what the French call a "noeud papillon" or butterfly knot) or risk being tossed out.

We witnessed one young man being turned away from a premiere last night. He was dressed in a tuxedo all right. His fashion sin? Inappropriate footwear! He was denied access for having the audacity to wear brown suede shoes instead of regulation patent leather. We can only hope he located some black spray paint, coated his shoes and returned to take his rightful place at the soiree.

Not even stars are spared the dress code. According to the book "In the Spirit of Cannes," in 1949 Edward G. Robinson was forced to borrow someone's patent leather shoes so he could appear on stage to accept an acting prize.

On Wednesday night, Disney/Pixar executive John Lasseter, who is famous for sporting Hawaiian shirts, bowed to tradition at the premiere of "Up." He wore a tux. And not the kind with blue ruffles.

- Matthew Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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  1. Julie

    Oh this is very interesting...I guess you would have to be takened seriously for your outward appearance in order to recieve an award! Guess it might have been silly if someone were to be nomiated and is denied because of his tie.

    May 19, 2009 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. jssport

    they want a tux with a bow-tie and black shoes because that's what they were wearing when they surrendered to the Germains in WWII

    May 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. larry c wilson

    What a sad joke.

    May 17, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SILVIA ECKSTEIN

    I IMAGINE THAT MAN JUST HAD BAD TASTE IN CLOTHES. SO WHAT? THERE ARE SO MANY WHO WEAR LONG DRESSES AND STILL LOOK AS IF THEY WERE WEARING APRONS. WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT WEARING THE WRONG SHOES? THIS IS REALLY RIDICULOUS

    May 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Idol Watcher

    And this dear folks is why the movie industry is dying. The world today is changing faster than rat can circumvent a toilet seat, and we are suppose to add to , job loss, home loss, retirement loss, family loss, life loss, hair loss, teeth and gum loss, firmness loss, face taunt loss, human touch and human kiss loss, child loss, security and safety loss, Boston Legal loss, and dorks as political head honchos loss, we now are expected to take time out of our lives to shed a tear because some buffoon chaser in France was forced to follow archaic rules to an over inflated ego stroking carpet walking, photo obsessed free-for-all affair to report on the haves wanting more and giving less. I think not. And might I add, wasn't this the same country who work the shame tag for being originators of 'Freedom Fries". Not that the French fry originated in France, but it sure sounded good to blast them over something, now didn't it? Here's a thought, why doesn't France hold a red carpet event for a decent movie? Not many would worry about showing up even with pajamas on and toting beer, but then again that is how most of the people paying the salaires of the bow-tied set watch these screen distasters with no plot, no direction, less caring and absolutely no talent, sans a few in the last few years...The Wrestler, Milk, and Slumdog come to mind as three with carpet rolling rights. So look for the patent in your shoes and tie that bow in a butterfly knot but remember you are still going to watch what is below the objet the rat is circumventing, and that folks is a fact.

    May 17, 2009 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy

    It's nice to know there are still a few places that hold tradition to a standard.

    May 16, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. audz

    Well...........? If only the rest of the world took themselves so seriously may be just maybe we will all be coordinated every morning!

    May 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Denim

    Are they also required to wear medals and sword with sidearm on their uniform?

    May 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |

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