Only the French would really care. She may look great, but the French are questioning…who pays for Carla’s clothes?
According to WWD, that’s the million dollar question that’s been
raging ever since Dior-clad French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wowed Britain last week on an official visit with her husband, French
President Nicholas Sarkozy.
British papers have had a field
day speculating about who paid for the first lady’s Dior coats,
dresses, bags, shoes and evening gowns. The Sunday Times estimated the
free advertising would likely boost Dior’s sales by $2 million.
Bruni-Sarkozy’s agent stressed her client chooses her own outfits and adheres to a strict wardrobe policy. "She
either borrows or buys," said Veronique Rampazzo at Marilyn Agency in
Paris. "And it’s all her personal budget. It’s not the state budget.
The same goes for her hair and makeup."
For example, at a
recent state dinner for Israeli President Shimon Peres, Bruni-Sarkozy
wore an Hermès gown by Jean Paul Gaultier she purchased herself at a
For her London sojourn, Bruni-Sarkozy had also
borrowed designs by Gaultier, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, which may
eventually surface at other occasions or be returned, according to
There is a long history of France’s first ladies being given
clothes by top fashion houses for their official duties, which raises
none of the ethical objections it might in the U.S. or Britain. It is
seen as part of the job.
Tags: Jean Paul Gaultier