Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Joan Didion Stars in the New Celine Campaign


Photo: Juergen Teller
In a refreshing and, to put it mildly, super exciting move, Céline has unveiled Joan Didion as the star of the brand's newest campaign. Photographed by Juergen Teller, the spring 2015 ads highlight the writer's irresistible, cool-girl appeal. Didion takes the reigns from perennial It model Daria Webowy in a close-up shot against a strong flash (a Teller tell-tale), wearing signature Céline sunnies, a simple black dress, and a gilded pendant necklace—hair in a neat, gray bob.
Phoebe Philo creates for the thinking lady, the unfussy, impossibly chic minimalist. For spring 2015, the designer—who has not merely a following, but a flock of near-worshippers—took a trip back in time, referencing the '60s and '70s, decades when Didion published some of her seminal works like Slouching Towards Bethlehem and Play It As It Lays—the years that solidified her as a deity to literary types who fell in love with her in college and remained loyal into adulthood—and the years before Didion's highly personal memoirs like The Year of Magical Thinking launched her to the American masses. And so it all comes together, right on time. Well done Phoebe Philo and Céline, we weren't sure how you could get any cooler—and now we are.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Anna Kendrick Gives Us Yet Another Reason to Love Her



The holiday countdown has begun, and what better way to celebrate than with perennial girl crush (and ELLE’s July 2014 cover star) Anna Kendrick?
In her latest ad for Kate Spade New York, a video spot called “The Waiting Game,” the Academy Award nominee gets locked out of her NYC apartment with enviable schwag in tow. While she waits for a pal to bring her a key, we’re treated to a chic serving of Kendrick’s dry wit, Christmas caroling skills, and a peek at key pieces from the Kate Spade New York holiday collection. (Also keep an eye out for fashion icon Iris Apfel, who makes a cameo as Kendrick’s neighbor.)
The ad is the latest installment from Kendrick’s partnership with the brand, which chose her as the face of holiday 2014. But this isn't the last you'll see of the Pitch Perfect star: In September, she'll act as the film muse for their “Year of Adventure” campaign.
“Anna embodies the Kate Spade New York spirit in so many ways,” says Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York. “She is beautiful, smart, hilarious, and wildly talented.”
You can catch Kendrick next in Rob Marshall's adaptation of Into the Woods, co-starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, which hits theaters December 25. Until then, check out “The Waiting Game” on YouTube.