back to top

Joan Didion Is The New Face Of Céline And It's The Best Thing Ever

Just playing it as it lays, NBD.

This is Joan Didion, author of Goodbye to All That, Slouching Toward Bethlehem, The Year of Magical Thinking, and a slew of other fantastic books and essays.

Read them all. Really.
The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Julian Wasser

Read them all. Really.

She's also basically the original Cool Girl.

Those sunglasses! That searing gaze!
The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Julian Wasser

Those sunglasses! That searing gaze!

The one-time Vogue editor honed her classic look as a reporter in the '60s and '70s.

It's also when she famously developed her simple but ridiculously effective packing list, which she catalogued in her collection of essays, The White Album. Her secret? "Two skirts, two jerseys or leotards, one pullover sweater, two pair shoes, stockings, bra, nightgown, robe, slippers, cigarettes, bourbon. Bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste. Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin. prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil." That's it.
John Bryson/The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images

It's also when she famously developed her simple but ridiculously effective packing list, which she catalogued in her collection of essays, The White Album.

Her secret?

"Two skirts, two jerseys or leotards, one pullover sweater, two pair shoes, stockings, bra, nightgown, robe, slippers, cigarettes, bourbon. Bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste. Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin. prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil."

That's it.

Which is why it totally makes sense that she was named the newest face of luxury French brand Céline.

Yaaaaaaas!
Courtesy of Céline

Yaaaaaaas!

Didion, like Céline designer Phoebe Philo, exudes an understated effortless cool. And plus, it's obvious that Philo's already pretty influenced by Didion already.

The LIFE Collection / Julian Wasser

At 80, Didion proves that being an It Girl is timeless.

Getty Images Peter Kramer

We doff our oversized sunglasses to you, Joan.

C-Span 2 / Via logger.believermag.com
Connect with As/Is