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FRENCH LOOK CLASSIQUE: Valérie Trierweiler & Carla Bruni Sarkozy

THAT INCOMPRABLE CLASSIC FRENCH STYLE. When France voted 22 April in the first round of the 2012 presidential race, the French magazine GALA had its eyes on two women, one of which will be the next French Première dame. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of the current president and Valérie Trierweiler, the partner (GALA uses the term “compagne” companion) of the Socialist candidate François Hollande.

GALA approved the style choices both women made for the occasion. France is undergoing difficult times and the magazine thought that the dark trenchcoats and dark pants chosen by both women were appropriate. The look was described as “un look classique sans ostentation” a classic look without any appearance of wealth or luxury. No Hermès scarf, no Chanel handbag, no expensive jewelry. It was noted that Carla Sarkozy wore flats and Valerie Trierweiler chose higher heels, — even though, I noted, this made her appear (at least in photos) taller than her candidate partner François Hollande. Carla Bruni Sarkozy is noticeably taller than her husband even when she wears flats.


GALA described Carla Bruni Sarkozy’s look more specifically in a play on the term “girl next door.” They said “Première dame next door,” first lady next door. She wore a black trenchcoat with black pants and black ballerina flats. The magazine described her only “extravagance” a blue scarf tied around her neck. Actually, the scarf was probably added to keep her neck warm. The weather was chilly. Paris had a hail storm earlier that morning.


GALA described political journalist Valérie Trierweiler’s style as “sophistication tranquille,” quiet sophistication. And the magazine declared her trenchcoat “ultratrendy.” GALA really liked Valérie Trierweiler’s double breasted dark navy blue trenchcoat with shiny gold buttons down the front. The magazine called the buttons a touch of “militaire chic.” There might also have been a subtle political message in her military chic choice as François Hollande has made a campaign promise to bring home French troops from Afghanistan earlier than planned.

Another aspect of Valérie Trierweiler’s attire that GALA liked was that she had combined several shades of blue. Apparently the dark navy coat had a lighter blue interior. If you remember from that classic book on French style, French Chic, the author Susan Sommers devoted a section to explaining how French women like to take a neutral color such as black, gray, or navy and make it interesting by varying the shades and textures of that one color in various items they are wearing.

The GALA online article was accompanied by a slide show of election day photos of the two women. I would call your attention to one of the photos, that of Valérie Trierweiler and François Hollande at the ballot table at their polling place. We get a back view of Valérie Trierweiler looking over her shoulder. She is definitely not one of those ultraslim French women. If she becomes France’s first lady she will make a good chic French style model for those who are chic-on-the-way-to-slim.

You can read the GALA article (in French) and see the slideshow of photos of Carla Bruni Sarkozy and Valérie Trierweiler in their voting day pants and trenchcoats.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


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