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Carla Bruni’s style: simple and elegant

Carla Bruni Bastille Day 2010
Carla Bruni Bastille Day 2010 (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Carla Bruni welcoming African First Ladies (Photo by Trago/Getty Images)

We’re not used to seeing a famous woman appear at a major international event without any jewelry or makeup. But this is what Carla Bruni did on Bastille Day. She wore a simple, elegant black dress. No earrings, no necklaces, no giant bangles, no loud rings. No makeup (check out the top photo) No pantyhose either. Carla declared liberation from the tyranny of pantyhose, which many women feel they are obliged to wear.

If more women followed Carla’s example, cosmetics and jewelry companies would go bankrupt. In the meantime, we have to wince every time we have to gaze at another bubble-headed blond newscaster appear on TV with big hair, glossy lips, glaring eye makeup and thick swatches of blush. Female celebrities in the entertainment industry are just as gruesome. Why can’t one of them show up at the Oscars looking like this? Now that would really turn heads!




Author of "The Secret of Angat", a novel set in the Philippines during World War II. Founder,; Founder ( - travel) and (beauty, style).

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