Despite entering the world of politics when she married the then president of France in 2008, Carla Bruni has always maintained her foothold in fashion. She proved it once again at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with a show-stealing cameo at Olivier Rousteing’s 10th anniversary Balmain show.
The 53-year-old chanteuse was one of a posse of supers – both original and new generation – stalking the runway in Rousteing’s cut-out dresses, outsize embellished jackets and inflated sandals. The show, opened by Imaan Hammam, featured Naomi Campbell, Natasha Poly, Natalia Vodianova, Milla Jovovich, Lara Stone, Karen Elson, Edie Campbell, Precious Lee, and Mariacarla Boscono (wearing pearl-encrusted bike shorts). Actor Tina Leung also took a turn on the runway for Rousteing.
There was also an audio tribute to Olivier – and the “new, fresh, empowering outlook” he brought to Balmain when appointed creative director aged 24 – from his friend Beyoncé, whose unmistakable voice rang out over the speakers at the venue as Naomi walked. The musician, who has worn Balmain in videos, for her history-making Coachella performance, and for “many personal moments”, praised Rousteing’s diverse vision, calling Balmain his “amazing tool for beauty and change”.
Rousteing staged a Balmain festival to mark his decade at the helm of the house, with performances by Doja Cat and Jesse Jo Stark.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk