Back in March, when model-turned-singer Carla Bruni arrived in the UK for a state visit with her husband French President Nicolas Sarkozy she charmed us with a covetable array of prim-but-sexy tailored suits and chic flats. A fashion icon was born. The only problem being, Carla doesn't want to be famous for her beauty, style or husband. She wants us to listen to her music, man. So, when we heard she'd be appearing live on Later... with Jools Holland last night, we were beside ourselves with anticipation. What would she wear? How would she sound? Would Monsieur Sarkozy be in attendance? Sadly, there was no sign of her diminutive husband. But Carla didn't disappoint on the style front, in a bracelet-sleeve, wide-leg suit, worn with the breezy nonchalance that only the French can carry off. She came across well in the interview - slightly shy and very into the music. Although we stifled a cringe as Jools behaved like love struck teenager, bumbling out compliments and stuttering over his questions. As for the singing, she performed the controversial 'You Are My Drug, which she coyly translated as You Are My Cup of Tea. She described it as ‘about being addicted to someone.' ‘Have you been in that situation?' probed Jools. ‘Have you?' she responded. ‘I am now,' he leered. Oh stop it Jools! Her performance was very French, heaving with the breathy sexiness of a 'Be My Baby' era Vanessa Paradis. In stark contrast to the show's other guests: heavy metallers Metallica. So what did you think? If you missed it, watch it here and tell us should Carla stick to being a style icon? Or will you be hitting up iTunes to get her album poste haste?
A longer version of last night's show, with more songs from Carla Bruni's album, will go out on Friday night at 11.35pm on BBC TWO