Thursday, July 14, 2011

Style Icon: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Italo-French songwriter, singer, actress, and former model.

Just in time for today's celebration of Bastille Day, I thought it most fun to share one of my favorite ladies residing in France—Carla Bruni. Married to President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, she is considered France's First lady. She first went to Paris to study art and architecture, but actually left school at 19 to pursue a modeling career. Starting off with Guess? she moved up in the fashion world, working for a number of well respected, luxury designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Shiatzy Chen, Chanel and Versace...









However, in 1997 she channeled her career in quite a different direction and devoted herself to music—taking on roles as a singer and songwriter. (this is one of my favorites) She often incorporated beautiful poetry into her works, including some of Emily Dickinson's, William Butler Yeats' and Christina Rossetti's. She produced a few albums of her own, but has brought her voice to many in other ways, such as singing at Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday on July 18th, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and also took part in the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in a parade paying tribute to the Italian flag. As for her acting career, she has been in a few films and you might notice her in the new movie, Midnight in Paris, in which she plays the role of a guide at the Musée Rodin!

Her Foundation, Charity Work & Life

As for personal life, it was not always been smooth sailing, but I am hopeful that things are at ease in her marriage to Sarkozy, which was in February 2008. But one can truly appreciate her heart when you see so much of her time now dedicated to many causes and charity work, under her foundation, Fondation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and otherwise. Some situations in the world are just heart-wrenching as we know, and I am so happy to learn that Carla is using her resources and energy to assist those who truly need it... and I believe quite truthfully, that as we appreciate her wonderful career success, beauty and talent, her recent work is the most important work of all...

+ Did you know? She has one son who is 11, named Aurélien Enthoven (with Raphaël Enthoven) and her husband, three children. However, this Winter her and her husband are expecting their first as a couple!

Quote: Wikipedia | Images: Listal

29 comments:

  1. love love her singing, too! xoxo

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  2. She certainly is original and quite stylish.........just what you would expect from the first lady of France. Fun post for bastille day Sarah. XO

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  3. Love her style, look, and music. Beautiful post, Sarah!

    x
    Caroline

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  4. She is gorgeous and super stylish.
    Big hugs
    Tereza

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  5. quelqu'un m'a dit is such a favorite of mine!

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  6. Simply stunning!

    xoxo
    Karena
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  7. This lady has got the style. Carla is real gorgeous! Great write up Sarah! Hope the week has been treating you good. xx

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  8. I think she is stunning, and love her style, before and after her 1st lady duties :)

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  9. I've never seen the first picture - it's so beautifiul. I adore Carla Bruni very much. She was a gorgeous model and her albums are one of my most treasured and loved CDs! x

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  10. blonde or brunette, she is so gorgeous! have a lovely weekend, darling! xo

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  11. SomeKindofStyle & Karena: wonderful—I will stop by for certain...

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  12. Lately I've discovered some old editorials with Carla and I loved her in all of them. She is beautiful and I really like her so natural make-up in the images you've selected. Have a wonderful weekend, Sarah! :)
    Ada

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  13. Sarah, that 1st image of her is just lovely. She has so many faces and looks beautiful in all of them. I love her style. Have a great weekend with your family, sweetie....

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  14. Dearest Sarah,

    That was a wonderful post about a truly elegant lady! She shines in so many ways. So glad to read that they are expecting their child together.
    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  15. Gorgeous!! She is stunning and I adore all of these images. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Sarah,
    Nancy xo

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  16. Ada: Wonderful! She does look quite naturally beautiful in these, that is true :)

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  17. Thanks for the info about her. And I saw th video from the Love Ball on your page. Great!

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  18. Wow, she truly is beautiful... and what a lucky break she got in her career early on! It was so interesting to learn more about her, so glad you shared! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    xo
    Rachel

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  19. Beautiful images! Wow, the first lady?
    Angela

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  20. She has been one of my favorite women around for a long time. Her music is just the right cup of tea and always makes me miss Europe so much! Beautiful and with good heart, go Carla!

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  21. I think she is just stunning!! I just saw Midnight in Paris this evening with my husband and even he commented on how beautiful he thought she was. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!

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  22. Carolina: so glad that you also enjoyed the video—so nice to see all of the beautiful outfits :)

    Quintessence: she certainly is... I cannot wait to see this movie as well!

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  23. Oh she is utterly stunning and ever so stylish; I always loved her beautiful Dior campaigns xx

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  24. Carla Bruni - or Carla Sarkozy looks amazing! I still like her more blond then brunette, but she looks good in both postures. France has a really stylish and beautiful first lady. Maybe even the most beautiful in the world.

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