Know Everything About American First Family wins Fans in Paris

Added: June 17, 2009

On Sunday, the American first lady and daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, went shopping at Bonpoint, a children's clothing store favored by wealthy Parisians and international jet-setters like Sofia Coppola.

Bonpoint's store in the tony Saint Germain des Pres neighborhood was closed for inventory on Monday and store officials were not available to discuss what, if anything, they bought. The brand, known for its airy stores carrying cashmere baby sweaters and smocked pastel frocks, was a far cry from CrewCuts, J. Crew's children's line, which the Obama girls wore to the inauguration.

Mrs. Obama and the girls met up with the president in Paris, on the last leg of his six-day tour of four Middle Eastern and European countries. Obama left Paris for Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning, leaving his wife and children to enjoy the French capital on their own.

Apart from the D-Day commemorations, Mrs. Obama's Paris visit was a private one, closed to the press. Photographers and camera crews caught images of her and the girls visiting the city's must-see monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Pompidou Center modern art museum and Notre Dame cathedral.

For those visits, Mrs. Obama stuck to her signature looks, wearing cardigans and flats for her trip to Bonpoint and a teal jacket and printed scarf for the Eiffel Tower.

Mrs. Obama and the girls also attended a private luncheon hosted by the Sarkozys. The event, at the gilded Elysee presidential palace, looked like an advance fete for Sasha's 8th birthday this Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear what Mrs. Obama or Bruni-Sarkozy wore to the lunch, so fashion-watchers will have to hold on for Round 3 of the first ladies' fashion face-off.