30 November 2009

Official: Mobama’s more stylish than Carla

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Oh non, non, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, not again! If scraping 5th in Le Figaro magazine’s chicest Parisian poll wasn’t bad enough, now France’s First Lady has lost out in the style stakes again. And this time she has been beaten on her home turf… by Michelle Obama!

French Elle charted Carla at number two in the ‘Political Chic’ category of their annual best-dressed list with Mobama firmly in the top spot. This is the second year in a row Carla has found herself in this position after Syria’s First Lady Asma Assad topped the poll last year. Ouch.

So why was Mo given the gong this year? Le Figaro credited her support of emerging designers (just think of the way she's catapulted people like Naeem Khan, Isabel Toledo, Thakoon and Maria Cornejo into the spotlight after wearing their creations) and also how she’s managed to make the cinched cardigan a part of official dress. Hear hear. We’re obsessed with Michelle’s style because you can never predict what and who she’s about to wear. She will rock colours and embellishment and print, but then be papped in a simple and classic tailored black jacket, so we're always excited to see her next look.

Whereas Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy keeps things muted, and while still chic and gorgeous, she just doesn’t stand out next to the ultra-modern Mrs Obama. Usually sticking too closely with a rather-too-retro idea of what a political wife should have in her wardrobe - a range of demure and ‘stay in the background’ ensembles, we think Carla looked better (cooler, younger, sexier) than she has in ages when she rocked that Stella McCartney for GapKids military jacket last week. Hasn’t anyone told France's First Lady ‘tis the season for political wives to step forward and show off their style credentials? Oh and that she needs to embrace the sky-scraper heel? Please Carla, you know you want to. [Stylelist]

- Alex Davies


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