First Ladies of fashion unite for political style-off

Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni spark fashion debate

As the leading lights of fashionable politics, it’s no surprise that the meeting of Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has sparked style debates around the world.

Meeting ahead of the NATO summit, the first clash of the fashion titans took place in Strasbourg, where both women arrived wrapped up in chic coats.

For Mrs Obama, this meant a nod to one of her favourite US designers, Thakoon, who designed her black coat and matching shift dress, both adorned with poppy prints.

In contrast, the French First Lady went prim and proper, in a pussybow neck soft grey coat, by her signature label of choice, Dior. Although elegant, against Mrs O’s vibrant fuchsia frock, it looked a little pale and demure. Round one to the Americans! 

Onto the opening of the NATO Summit in Baden-Baden, and the First Ladies injected some serious glamour into the political world, with both sporting little black dresses that oozed sophistication.
Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, world news, fashion, Marie Claire
Dabbling in a spot of European style, Mrs Obama made a departure from her favoured US design names and wore a full-skirted dress by French designer Azzedine Alaïa. Proving that political style doesn’t have to be serious, the romantic frock, with frothy tulle layers was a sartorial breath of fresh air amongst a host of stuffy shift dresses. 

It was also all about the LBD for Bruni-Sarkozy, who wore a Christian Dior cocktail dress. Incomparably classic, it’s easy to see why the singer turned First Lady is so often compared to political fashion icon, Jackie O. 

We’ll call this one a fashion tie – both looked stunning. 

On Saturday, the women came together again, for a trip to Strasbourg’s Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral. It was here that Mrs Obama’s made yet another nod to Europe’s finest, wearing an Etro print top Moschino white shirt and Gunex black pants, with a tailored Alaïa jacket.

For Bruni-Sarkozy it was back to Dior yet again, with a lilac coat, over a black suit. Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, world news, fashion, Marie Claire

And so who will be named the First Lady of fashion? Certainly the political world has never seemed so stylish, but for this round we’re giving it to the Americans. For her ability to experiment with designers, and contemporary take on elegance, Mrs O has won our fashion hearts hands-down.

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