Carla Bruni’s chic royal style

All eyes are on the French First Lady's wardrobe, as the Sarkozys land in London

As President Sarkozy and his new wife Carla Bruni touched down in London yesterday, all eyes quickly turned to the former supermodel’s style, and she did not disappoint.

Taking inspiration perhaps from Jackie O or even Audrey Hepburn, Mrs Sarkozy chose a chic grey ensemble from Dior to arrive in the country, which included a neat pillbox hat and full-skirted coat. Dior accessories complimented the look, including a narrow belt at the waist, black leather gloves and a hoop-handled handbag.

The look proved elegant, although some observers claimed the style too demure and a conservative departure for the new French First Lady.

Marie Claire’s shopping editor Nicole Smallwood opposed these views, and described the look as ‘fitting’.

‘She does not want to overshadow him (her husband), she wants to be there to support him on this first occasion,’ Nicole commented.

‘It is quite a big deal, I imagine, to be coming here and meeting the Queen. I don’t think you need to make a statement every time you put on an outfit. I think she looks sophisticated and she looks chic, which is much more important.’

For the evening, the couple attended a state banquet at Windsor, where the President’s wife looked stunning in a midnight blue floor length gown, and chic chignon.

The Sarkozy’s continue their two-day state visit today, which is the first trip by a French head of state in over a decade.

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