Style Summit: First ladies in fashion face-off

ONE is a role model, the other a fashion model. One likes to bare her arms, the other — well, she bares it all.

But First Lady Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, do have this in common — both are grabbing as much attention as their famous husbands while world leaders huddle this week in Europe.

The two super-stylish first ladies met yesterday in Strasbourg, France for a fashion face-off.

But as far as many style mavens are concerned, Obama has won the battle with the Italian-born Sarkozy.

“Carla is old news next to Michelle,” Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair, declared on her website, The Daily Beast.

“Sure, she’s more beautiful in the cover girl sense,” she added of Bruni. “But an Italian heiress who strums the guitar and made a predatory move on France’s reigning little Napoleon isn’t the best poster girl for the scariest economic downturn since the 1930s.”

Yesterday, Michelle Obama, noticeably taller than Bruni, wore a regal floral outfit while the French first lady opted for a chic but smart grey silk dress.

Warmly exchanging double kisses, the two first ladies stepped next to greet each other’s husbands.

And when President Obama asked Bruni-Sarkozy a question, all she could respond over the cries of the roaring crowd, was “They’re happy to see you!”

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