Vive la Joni Mitchell and Joan Didion Différence!

Two iconic fashion brands and two iconic women

JoanDidionCelineWhen French fashion house Dior unveiled 80-year-old Joan Didion as the face of their Spring 2015 Céline campaign, People StyleWatch had some fun imagining other unusual literary-fashion promo combos. Including:

Tom Wolfe for Tommy Bahama: Unlimited white suits;
Gloria Steinem for Frame Denim: The lady can rock a pair of high-waist flares just as well as Karlie Kloss;
Judy Blume for Urban Outfitters: Because a girl buying her first crop top is a total rite of passage.

Not on the list was Joni Mitchell for Yves Saint Laurent. But capping a very unexpected week of fashion brand choices, that’s indeed the case:

The iconic singer-songwriter, 71, fronts Saint Laurent’s Music Project campaign, which in the past, has tapped other major musicians including Marianne Faithfull, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and Kim Gordon. The ads — featuring Mitchell strumming her guitar — were shot at her home in Bel Air, California, by Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane. And of course her outfit is effortlessly cool. Mitchell wears a tunic from the brand’s Folk collection (fitting for the “Woodstock” singer, right?), classic YSL Fedora and a leather cape that Slimane made for her.

There are, right up to this minute, a week’s worth of horrific events happening in Paris. In the deep recesses of a more normal world, it’s also about two remarkable women. W magazine for a separate story has a pair of additional Slimane-Mitchell shots.

And in case you missed, the New York Times dialed up Didion mid-week to get her reaction about the massive social media fuss sparked by the first Céline shot. They found her to be “as crisp as one of Phoebe Philo’s cotton tunics.”


[Top photo by Juergen Teller via: Céline/Dior]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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