(Very) mod­ern man­ners

Scottish Daily Mail - - Eden Confidential -

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.” ’

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