Joan Didion is the Face of Céline SS15

Joan Didion is Céline. It just couldn’t make any more sense, she’s poised, she’s chic, and she’s one of modern literature’s greatest masters. Known best for her honest journalistic approach, and practice of New Journalism, Didion took creative nonfiction down a road untraveled—uniting the facts of time with astute cultural observations and compassion towards humanity.

If you’re unfamiliar with the 80-year-old literary grandma, then you may find her debut modeling campaign a bit startling. With a plethora of young and spritely models to go around, this is definitely an unprecedented choice on behalf of Phoebe Philo’s team at Céline. Shot by Juergen Teller, the ad also includes French dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot and model Freya Lawrence. The campaign itself is totally Didion inspired; a soft shot of Daria Werbowy posing in a white vehicle reenacts a stylish moment in literature, mirroring that classic black and white portrait of Didion looking tough in her own Corvette Stingray shot by Julian Wasser in 1968.

Céline Spring 2015 is a series of ready-to-wear, 70’s inspired, A-line directed frocks of intellectual beauty. Imagine a Didion in her younger days at Vogue copy writing and feature editing, while clad in late 60’s mid 70’s smart-girl apparel, and of course cigarette in hand. Is there anything dreamier? Didion for Céline SS15 evokes a distant past that’s making a comeback this year in fashion, retro-cool sprinkled with creative wisdom. Didion in those soul searchingly bug-eyed shades and platinum hair say it all.

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