On Sunday, while the rest of us were recovering from our Cinco de Mayo hangovers, France was having the second round of their presidential elections. As predicted by many French news outlets, incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy lost to the Socialist candidate François Hollande. Beyond the obvious implications of a new president of France, we here at Fashionista felt a little bummed to lose First Lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy. Along with her counterparts, Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, former supermodel Carla made being stylish a key part of the First Lady role. No longer can you just slap on a pantsuit and call it a day. What you wear can be as important as which charities you support.
New First Lady Valérie Trierweiler, girlfriend of Hollande and herself a journalist for Paris Match, has big Louboutins to fill. As the first unmarried First Lady of France, the twice divorced mother of three also plans to keep her career. She has already sold herself as the “anti-Bruni,” preferring tailored professional looks and shopping at markets to sharp sheath dresses and Avenue Montaigne boutiques.
We’ll wait to see what Trierweiler brings to the Elysée style-wise, but until then, we wanted to look back at Carla’s First Lady Style.