STYLE ICON: JOAN DIDION
Joan Didion, who modeled in last Spring’s Céline campaign, is this season’s fashion inspiration.
Writer Joan Didion wrote in “Goodbye to All That,” that she arrived to Manhattan for the first time in her life wearing a new dress that had seemed “very smart” in Sacramento but less so once she reached New York. It’s always struck me as the perfect phrasing of the inferiority complex that hits everyone when they reach the Big Apple — what naturally follows is a relentless ambition, the drive to be more fashionable, more productive, more everything.
Didion, for her part, spent the rest of her career perfecting both her craft of writing gorgeous sentences and also looking incredibly chic while she did it. The Slouching Towards Bethlehem author favored a minimalist look that said “I just stepped away from my typewriter” but — like her writing, was stylish in its austerity. What is she saying? You have to look closely to understand her message, she is not over-the-top.
It’s an understated, intellectual style that’s popped up on the runways for various Fall/Winter 2015-16 collections as well, including of course Céline, who used Didion as a model in their Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, but also Chloé and Sonia Rykiel. Here are our picks for getting that “Joan” look: a Céline dress, Marc Jacobs cape, Chloé bag (we think Joan would love it), Sonia Rykiel sweater, Céline sunglasses, and ensemble by Gucci. Complete the look with a cigarette, a scarf, a grimace and a typewriter.