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August 28 2014

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Carla Bruni Serenades New York

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Carla Bruni performs in New York

Carla Bruni’s new album might be titled Little French Songs, but there was nothing little about her performance at Manhattan’s Royalton Hotel last night. Produced and sponsored by The New York Observer and Absolut Elyx, the event served to celebrate Bruni’s just-dropped fourth release and was, in fact, her first show in the Big Apple.

Little French Songs is a mix between the melancholy, the romantic, and maybe…a bit of fun—a little ticklish sometimes,” Bruni told Style.com. “But, you know, the fun songs are not so simple to write. It’s easy to write about nostalgie, lost love, or something you never get, but writing about fun is harder.”

Taking the stage in a vintage Yves Saint Laurent blazer (“I like the new Saint Laurent, too,” she quipped. “Hedi’s first two collections were great.”) and Zara jeans, Bruni played to a crowd that included André Balazs, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Ivanka Trump, and Richard Phillips.

Not only did the session mark Bruni’s debut Gotham gig but also her one and only American show this year. “Just to play in New York is so rare for a French artist,” she said. “The U.S. has so many great musicians—to have a chance to perform here is awesome.” Fans, take note: Bruni revealed that she’ll be returning in April 2014, for a U.S. tour. She’s promised to work on some English verses, though we’d be perfectly happy with a little more French.

Photo:Owen Hoffmann/ PatrickMcMullan.com

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