A meeting with Carla Bruni is the pleasure of a conversation with a brilliant woman, with a refined spirit that never cesses to charm us.  Originally a model, belonging to a generation of top models whose mere presence seemed to elevate creations of some of the greatest couturiers.  It is through song though, that she knows true success with Quelqu’un m’a dit , her first album released in 2002 and which sold over two million copies.  After a marriage and a life in the limelight with the ex French president Nicolas Sarkosy, she returns to music with a tour that will be bringing her to Canada and the United States this spring.

By Stéphane Le Duc

S.L. : It is surely with great pleasure that you find yourself coming back to music, and above all to the stage?
C.B.: A great pleasure.  I never really left music, but the stage was a more difficult separation.  The stage allows me to feel so many emotions, sometimes too many emotions.  I feel like it allows me to weave a connection with the audience.  Incidentally, when I sing the first song, I’m really focused, otherwise the emotions take over and I lose myself.  I can’t let myself be overwhelmed by those feelings at the beginning of a show.

S.L. : Your album Little French Songs is one to listen to over and over again.  At the beginning, we are charmed by the rimes and play on words, and subsequently by the story, which becomes truly fascinating.  Is it for you, above all, the pleasure of words when you are writing?
C.B. : It’s really a combination of everything.  A pleasure of words, to be sure, but the words also have a certain musicality.  This musicality leads to song.  It’s really like when you kiss someone.  You can’t really see their mouth, and yet you can feel its presence…  Words are certainly an occasion for mischief.

S.L. : Your songs are like a romans à clés, where we discover the people you’ve come across.  One, that is quite emotional, is called Darling.
C.B. : It is a song that is written for a friend of mine.  A very dear friend who was my son’s godfather, who was very close to my family and who took his own life.  It’s a song that originates from guilt, shock and a wound.  Because when something like this happens, we always feel like we didn’t do enough, that we didn’t call enough, it’s a song that allowed me to shake off some of the paralysis that I felt when I was told about this friends death, and some of the guilt.  It allowed me to grieve.

S.L. : What memories do you cherish most from the podiums, the shows, the great designers, in short from this part of your life?
C.B. : Very happy memories, because these are team oriented careers.  We’re always in a group, the make-up artists, the hairdressers, the girls, the dressers, the couturier, because we are part of a whole show.  They were frantic delightful years, fun and radiant, that corresponds perfectly with my first youth.
I feel deep friendship for these designers.  I love their freedom and their power, because fashion is a creation, but it is still a slave to a very commercial schedule.  It’s as if we said to a painter or a writer to write or paint on specific dates within a strict structure.  I am an admirer of this capacity to renew.  They are great modern artists.

S.L. You came back to modeling with the great Italian jeweller Bulgari?
C.B. : Yes, and with great pleasure, because it is a house that is a reference to memory, to the legend and the coveted Dolce Vita.  It’s also the pleasure to shoot a campaign with the exquisite Terry Richardson who is so simple, adorable and functional that his photos are crazy, fun, eccentric and radiant.   The intention behind these photos was to show the a woman wearing magnificent haute jewellery pieces, finely chiselled, incredibly artistic, but in a way that is extremely lively in her day to day life, in movement and in a feeling rather than at a stand still.

S.L.: How do you see your future in music?
C.B. : Today, I have the conviction that it is my profession.  The one I would like until my death, if people want my songs.

Carla Bruni live.
April 21st in Montréal, April 24th in New York, April 26th in Los Angeles.