(Very) modern manners
RIGHT-ON actress Dame Emma Thompson wore trainers to Buckingham Palace this week when she collected her gong.
And now BBC bigwig Alan Yentob says such casual footwear should be accepted at events as grand as black-tie dinners.
‘I hate formal shoes,’ he tells me at the launch party for Simon Jenkins’s book, A Short History Of Europe.
‘When I go to the Cannes Film Festival, and I’m dressed immaculately with a bow-tie and everything, they look down and they see my black trainers and they don’t let me in. It’s ridiculous.’
Yentob, 71, who presents the Imagine arts series, adds: ‘I went to a London restaurant to have lunch with Mick Jagger and I looked down and he was wearing bright, colourful trainers.
‘I said: “How the hell did you get in here with those on? It’s only because of who you are.” ’