Lens time favours models over movie stars on day two of Cannes red carpet

Emily Ratajkowski, Adriana Lima and Winnie Harlow; fashion takes precedence over film in a heavily-patrolled city

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To be in the company of the most beautiful women is embedded into the romanticism of the Cannes Film Festival folklore. (Reference point: Leonardo DiCaprio is a carpet and Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc staple year-on-year). After the heavily-patrolled opening night, of which guests experienced “multiple ticket checks, metal detectors and wanding of even the longest trains” at the premiere of Marion Cotillard’s Ismael’s Ghosts, it was the supermodels who the suit-clad paparazzi were calling for from their squished media pits. Day two saw such a bunch scrambling for the money shot of Adriana Lima in a floor-length sequinned Naeem Khan, Winnie Harlow in a dramatic cobalt blue Zuhair Murad and Emily Ratajkowski at just the right cha-ching angle in her Peter Dundas peephole creation at the Loveless (Nelyubov) screening.

But the fashion police weren’t only the authorities making headlines. Following the past year’s terror attacks on France, the security was tightened to the extent of “local and SWAT-style militarized officers bearing 9mm pistols and machine guns and wearing bulletproof vests”, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “What hasn't changed is Cannes' notorious red-carpet fashion police. Eagle-eyed security teams were on hand to pull out and turn away guests for such cardinal offenses as wearing too-short socks or having a suit of an insufficiently dark shade.”

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