Spike Lee made an impression as soon as he arrived on Cannes soil at the start of the week. If on Monday he wore a Paris Saint-Germain tracksuit, and the next day he opted for a “Paris” branded sweatshirt, it was nothing compared to his looks on opening night, Tuesday July 6. The president of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival walked the red carpet wearing a pink tuxedo and a pair of blue, white and red Nike sneakers, to certainly prove his love for France once again.
The 64-year-old filmmaker has placed an order with Virgil Abloh, the current male artistic director at Louis Vuitton, for this unusual tuxedo. On his nose, he wore a pair of sunglasses in the same fuschia color.
If festival moviegoers are used to moccasins, derbies and other evening shoes, Spike Lee has decided to ignore these conventions. The latter was indeed wearing a pair of sneakers, made to measure by the famous comma brand. Nike signs here new sneakers, in the colors of the French flag.
Specially designed for the occasion and offered by his friend Michael Jordan, the director owes them to one of Nike’s iconic designers, Tinker Hatfield. The face of the filmmaker, dressed in the purple costume of the Oscars ceremony in 2019, was drawn on the tongue, accompanied, of course, by the words “Festival de Cannes”.