"Carla knows the fashion world. She is a free spirit with her own style," Lagerfeld said, adding that all she has to do is "reinvent that look — it will be great for the image of France."
Valli said Bruni offers a nice balance "between Italian and French attitudes. She's sometimes a top model, and sometimes has more of an artistic look. I sense a nice lightness about her. She has long legs and a short bust, so if I were to dress her, I would choose to emphasize that kind of silhouette."
One of the highest paid faces of the supermodel Nineties, Bruni wrapped up that career 10 years ago to pursue a music career, releasing her first French-language acoustic album, "Quelqu'un m'a dit," or "Someone Told Me," in 2002. Her second album, "No Promises," was released last spring. While she has never married, Bruni has been linked romantically to the likes of Mick Jagger, Donald Trump and Eric Clapton.