Ines de la Fressange at "Midnight in Paris" Premiere at the 64th Cannes Film Festival
Ines de la Fressange at the 64th Cannes Film Festival

A visual spectacle, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably as famous for its endless parade of couture gowns as it is for its showcase of the finest in film talent—so it comes as little surprise to hear that there’s a strict red carpet dress code imposed upon those attending one of the many premieres.

However, this ‘Croisettiquette’, not only dictates the formality of footwear, but the height of it too. Organizers are facing an angry backlash after a group of women were reportedly denied entry to Saturday night’s world premiere of Carol—starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara—for not wearing heels. The guests—believed to be in their 50s, some with medical conditions—were wearing “rhinestone flats”, Screen magazine reports, which they were told weren’t appropriate.

While a spokesperson on behalf of the festival declined to comment on the incident, they did confirm that “it was obligatory for all women to wear high heels to red-carpet showings”. The dress code applies to men too, who are all required to wear a tux and bow-tie. The festival has also imposed a strict ban on red carpet ‘selfies’ this year.