(L) Joan Didion by Jerugen Teller for Celine S/S 2015. (R) Joan Didion by Julian Wasser.
Pheobe Philo’s vision for Céline has entered into an untouchable realm in the fashion industry, one which embodies something painfully cool and composed in a timelessly modern kind of way. Céline doesn’t fetishize youth but respects wisdom and experience, something I’ve been told comes with age. This is probably why women of several generations adore Céline. And then there was the brilliant decision on Phoebe’s Philo’s part to cast Joan Didion as the showpiece of Céline’s spring/summer 2015 campaign. Céline embodies the kind of cool that Joan Didion has been exuding since the 60s driving her Stingray Corvette down the Pacific Coast Highway or languidly smoking while Julian Wasser takes her portrait. And she’s no stranger to the fashion industry either. One of her first published essays, “On Self-Respect,” was commissioned by Vogue. Nor is this Joan’s first rodeo as the face of a clothing brand. In the late 80s, Joan and her late daughter Quintana Roo were shot by Annie Leibowitz for a Gap’s “Individuals of Style” campaign. The internet loves to love Joan Didion, both as a literary figure and a fashion fixture (as evidenced by the media explosion that this Céline campaign as caused). She’s always been one of my favorites for both reasons so I can’t help but join in the jovial celebration of this new campaign with a few of my favorite and the most classic images of Joan Didion’s perennially at ease austerity in both dress and demeanor.
Joan Didion with her Stingray Corvette by Julian Wasser.
(L) Joan Didion and daughter Quintana Roo shot by Annie Leibowitz for Gap, 1989.
Joan Didion by Julian Wasser.