My previous post on the Cannes Film Festival sparked very interesting comments about the proper dress code for the red carpet and the concept of elegance.

In our time there is an obvious polarization between athleisure and dressy style and, probably, too much contamination between the two styles during the day.

On one side even the chicest French maisons are making their money thanks to sneakers and casual looks and on the other side sequins and high heels have become a standard in the workwear looks.

Some are complaining about the loss of style on the red carpets, some believe that high heels are a must for women, some other ones are sneaker fans.

However, if we take a look at the fashion history and if we take into consideration legendary style icons, we see that they were not used to wear high heels.

Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, women renown for their timeless elegance didn’t wear high heels.

In some iconic pictures Brigitte Bardot is barefoot.

Jane Birkin was all about ballerinas and espadrilles.

The truth is that we are not talking about high heels vs flat shoes nor about pain vs comfort, we are talking about bad taste versus elegance.

As Yves Saint Laurent once said “Fashions Fade, Style Is Eternal”

And this is why global brands are taking over shoes specialists.

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