Faire son cinéma

Sophie Marceau wardrobe dysfunction

Sophie Marceau’s ‘slip up’

To dramatize, to ham it up, to make a scene: however you translate the French expression ‘faire son cinéma’, it’s happening at the moment in Cannes.

This is one of the rare French expressions that you can actually say in more than one way: faire son cinema, faire du cinéma, faire tout un cinéma…they all mean the same thing. And the French are masters of the art.

It happens every year at this time when the Cannes film festival kicks off for ten days of glamour and glitz. Drama queen moments abound during the festival when the stars hit the red carpet on the steps or ‘la montée des marches’ of the Palais des Festivals.

Mostly they do a better job of going up the steps than François Hollande did on his recent trip to Haiti (he literally hit the red carpet). The French president is known to be a bit of a klutz and he certainly proved it here:

This year in Cannes Sophie Marceau’s underwear ‘slip up’ hit something of a false note. Since revealing her boob to all and sundry on the red carpet a few years ago, she has lost all credibility with the wardrobe malfunction. How desperate for attention can you get?

What really has the croisette buzzing this year is ‘Shoegate,’ sparked by the organizers’ refusal to let women wearing flat shoes go up the highly photographed steps to the première of the film Carol starring Cate Blanchett. There is a strict black-tie dress code in Cannes but festival organizers have formally denied that there is a ‘high-heels only’ policy. It wouldn’t surprise me. Heels are absolutely de rigueur for French women. As someone who makes it a policy to exclusively wear flats, I won’t be likely to get my red carpet moment.

It’s all the more ironic given that this year’s festival is supposedly dedicated to la femme. 

Here are some of my favorite pics from Cannes this year (I have such a crush on Gabriel Byrne!)

Do you have a favorite red carpet moment – in Cannes or elsewhere?


  1. davidprosser · May 21, 2015

    Certainly looks like Sophie Marceau’s companion is making sure he gets an eyeful during the wardrobe malfunction.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • MELewis · May 21, 2015

      That’s so funny, I thought he was looking demurely down! Leave to a gent to see the evil intentions. xo

  2. cheergerm · May 21, 2015

    That photo of Sophie M’s ‘slip-up’ brings to mind that old children’s rhyme..’I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants!’ After Angelina Jolie stuck her leg out of that black dress on the red carpet and a slew of joke photos ensued, I must admit I thought that was rather funny. (Ps I agree, Gabriel Byrne is a bit of all right!)

    • MELewis · May 21, 2015

      I love that nursery rhyme. We’ve certainly seen London and France as far as she’s concerned. I must’ve missed the Angelina moment, but it seems that anytime people get near a red carpet, hilarity ensues. I can hear you giggling from here!

  3. Mél@nie · May 21, 2015

    eh oui, l’année des culottes à Cannes… 😀 après Sophie, Diane Kruger a montré la sienne, aussi… 😉

    • MELewis · May 21, 2015

      Ha, ha…but there is something far classier and less pathetic about Diane Kruger!

  4. peakperspective · May 24, 2015

    Really? They can do that? Have a policy on footwear for women? I’m totally gobsmacked. I would so fight that commandment. I think I’d come in barefoot and make a point of it. (or a heel of myself!)
    Lovely looking folks as always. Ah, the beautiful people.

    • MELewis · May 25, 2015

      A Canadian director (male) and a couple of actors threatened to wear high heel for their red-carpet moment in a show of support but unfortunately they chickened out. Agree it’s appalling and would so love to kick up a fuss (and my heels) with you!

  5. jackiemallon · May 28, 2015

    Poor Hollande! I knew nothing about Ms Marceau’s recurring wardrobe malfunctions. I always thought she was so classy. I’ve just been commenting on the poor choice for flat shoes with the girls at campariandsofa.com
    Heels all the way but with flats in purse 🙂

  6. A.PROMPTreply · May 29, 2015

    Gabriel Byrne…..yum! Loved him in Simple Twist of Fate!

    • MELewis · June 1, 2015

      Haven’t seen that film but will try to find it. I only discovered him recently in the TV series ‘In Treatment’. I absolutely loved him as Paul the psychiatrist and am sad there don’t seem to be any plans for a new season. 😦

      • A.PROMPTreply · June 1, 2015

        Ah, I think we all have a soft spot for the movie we discover our ‘crush’ in…..Simple Twist of Fate is an older movie, but it was the first one I found Gabriel in and it is still my favourite today.

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