In a wry twist of irony, a real-life jewelry heist took place shortly after the Cannes Music Festival last Thursday night. It happened during the world premiere of Sophia Coppola’s Bling Ring. The movie is about a group of celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles teens who track the whereabouts of celebs and break into their homes to steal jewelry. It is based on the true story of a real-life gang that targets the homes of celebs like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
There were multiple media reports circulated that reported Chopard as the victim of a jewelry heist of over $1 million in stolen jewels. They reportedly were pieces intended to be loaned to celebrities for red carpet events. According to HollywoodReporter.com, Cannes police said the value of the jewelry was “about $1.4 million.” USA Today stated that “robbers ripped the safe off the wall.”
The robbery occurred at the Suite Novotel Cannes Centre before 5:00 am Friday morning. The posh hotel is located about 15 minutes from the French Riviera’s festival venue. Authorities suspect that it was an inside job and are questioning hotel employees. The jewels were taken from the room of an American female employee of Swiss bijoutier Chopard while she was out for the evening. The Chopard employee was slated to be interviewed later on Friday. Investigators are sifting through the city’s security camera footage in search of clues.
Choppard has been an official sponsor of the popular Cannes film festival for 15 years. One of the brand’s red-carpeted stores is located on the beachfront across from the festival venue.
Some of the celebrities photographed by the media this week during the festival were wearing the brand’s jewelry. They include Cara Delevigne, Julianne Moore, Solange Knowles, Lana Del Rey, Lynne Ramsay and Cindy Crawford.
Chopard recently debuted their fabulous 2013 Red Carpet Jewelry collection at Switzerland’s Baselworld fair.