Carla Bruni. State dinner. Roland Mouret dress. No bra.
Should she have? (Pausing for your thoughts.)
My first impression was to remind myself that French women will present a different breast profile than North American women.
Seventy years of underwire have given us a high-bustline aesthetic, with the desired position nearly under the armpit. We hike 'em waaaay up whether they were stuck there originally or not.
The European women is more concerned with breast proportion than position on her torso, and will tolerate a more natural presentation lower on the ribcage. Ms Bruni evidently assessed her bust as small enough to go comandette, satisfied with their somewhat low placement.
I have not appeared braless in public for over thirty years. But time was, as a barely-A cup, I would have– though not to a state dinner. Because you know they'll be noticed, in between discussions of Greece's troubles.
American press was negative about Bruni's bosom, but then, they pitched a fit when Hilary showed a hint of cleavage.
Those girls got nothin' on Angela Merkel, whose lush décolleté plongeant makes Carla look a bit Flattie Mattie. It fait chaud au balcon!