Carla Bruni was "thrilled" when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry's 2019 holiday campaign.
The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the '90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent years and is now mostly focused on her music career.
However, Bruni recently agreed to star in Burberry creative director Tisci's debut Christmas imagery for the British heritage brand, with the photoshoot also featuring Fran Summers, Sasha Pivovarova, and Marina Morena.
"I love the concept of the campaign - this big group of different people coming together," she said. "I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert and Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity - his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future."
Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with Bruni seen posing in a white jumpsuit alongside Santa Claus in one shot, and with professional soccer player Ruben Loftus-Cheek in another. The 51-year-old also appears in the accompanying video advertisement which shows a group of models and Burberry brand ambassadors dancing to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?
Elsewhere, Mert and Marcus gushed over their time on set.
"It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry," they commented. "Working with Riccardo is about connection, it's about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it's this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years, so I guess we know each other's sensibilities - there are always a lot of laughs!"
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