2 Rules for Doing Red Carpet the French Way

Remember how last year's Cannes Film Festival reportedly didn't allow women to wear flats on the red carpet? Well, those smart (and comfortable) detractors were onto something, because according to quintessentially chic Parisian Inès de la Fressange, flats on the red carpet are the way to go.

In fact, less is more when it comes to dressing for the cameras at such events, says de la Fressange, who prefers personal and minimalistic jewelry as opposed to over-the-top borrowed baubles that require a supervision of a bodyguard at all times.

The Roger Vivier brand ambassador told Vogue, "There are a lot of luxurious brands that lend jewelry to actresses, but I always think it ages them by 10 years, and it's usually very obvious that the jewelry doesn't belong to them. I prefer to have vintage pieces that are more discreet, such as Marie-Hélène de Taillac's work, or perhaps something from Elie Top with lots of personality. Less is better."

As for her philosophy on flats on the red carpet, de la Fressange told the magazine, "It's a misconception that to look dressy one needs huge heels: Were Greek ancient statues wearing heels with their togas? Did Cleopatra wear platforms? Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's only had kitten heels, and most of the more glamorous women we have in mind—Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman—they hardly wore stilettos."

See the style icon following her own rules on the Cannes red carpet, and keep scrolling to shop flats and dainty jewelry below.

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