Joan Didion for Céline
You know the one, synonymous with an ideal that’s at once sensual, austere, controlled, and achingly, achingly cool.
Let’s discuss the facts: that Céline has become the label where all the season’s trends are born, where your chicest friend gets all of her wardrobe inspiration, where your favorite fashion editors save up to spring for statement pieces. (It’s so good it hurts, really.) And now let’s talk about Céline’s just-debuted ad campaign featuring French dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, model Freya Lawrence, and none other than immortal intellectual-and-otherwise dream girl Joan Didion. Well, did you just feel the collective intake of breath shared by every cool girl you know? Did you feel the pulse-quickening vibrations of every recent college grad and literature fan? Did you sense the earth trembling beneath your feet? Do you have two eyes and a heart?
And come to think of it, of all the celebrity fashion campaign appearances, who better to represent Philo’s ideals—a certain ease of wear, simplicity of line, clothes that are assured, structured yet fluid, decidedly for the woman on the move—than Didion, the original chronicler of heartfelt experience, both her own and others’? One whose perpetually Tumblr’d and tweeted packing list famously includes “2 skirts, 2 jerseys or leotards [and] 1 pullover sweater,” (an ethos Philo, who proudly advertises her own reliance on a personal “uniform,” would clearly understand), who understood fashion while relying on clothes that didn’t draw attention as much as prepare her for the task at hand, and whose Julian Wasser–lensed portrait, peering from the driver’s seat of her own Corvette Stingray could just as easily stand in for Daria Werbowy’s recent turn under Tyrone Lebon’s lens. It’s worth noting that Didion’s and Philo’s silhouettes in those portraits—long, fluid knits—are the same.