Mica Arganaraz was the surprise hit of the spring shows, where a slow burn over several seasons erupted into full Mica mania. Daringly, the floppy-haired Argentinian artist skipped the New York and London collections, and walked exclusively for Prada in Milan before resurfacing at a select number of shows in Paris. These included Céline, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy, the campaign in which she also appears. It's unclear whether that would have happened if Mica hadn't first appeared in Prada's fall campaign, the first model to fly solo in a Prada campaign since Sasha Pivovarova some years ago. Miuccia must be very smitten because she's also had Mica open Miu Miu in Paris three in a row. Could a lucrative beauty campaign be far off?
Of all the silver-haired queens on the scene today, none is as surprising to bump into as Joan Didion in an ad for Céline. The reclusive novelist, screenwriter, emotional explorer, and literary beacon for scores of would-be essayists (who didn't want to write the next Slouching Towards Bethlehem?) is seen in her trademark oversized sunglasses and simple sweater, as well as a large pendant necklace seemingly heavier than the icon herself.
Didion was immortalized in the beatnik-chic ensemble by Juergen Teller — fittingly, given his predilection for superannuated subjects. In the same spring campaign, he also shot model Freya Lawrence and French dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot. Didion devotees will surely make the connection between the now-famous image of the author in her Corvette Stingray on the cover of her book The White Album and the car that Daria Werbowy, trusted multi-seasonal Céline muse, posed in for the recent cruise campaign.
Joan Didion's The White Album (1979), Daria Werbowy for Céline cruise 2015
That Joan Didion, especially at 79, couldn't give two hoots about fashion or glamour is exactly what makes the campaign so unexpected — and compelling. In a fashion advertising landscape littered with out-of-place Hollywood actresses and shill-anything reality-TV stars, Didion remains the very embodiment of depth, authenticity, and inspiration. Never mind that the giant wayfarers appear to be sliding off her face; it just adds to the charm.
Watch this video refresher created by Didion's nephew, Griffin Dunne, to help fund a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of finally making her definitive documentary. The goal of $80,000 was shattered in less than a day...
Probably to our detriment, we've never covered a male model in Model Mania. But, you see, Jacob Bird isn't any male model. Depending on his mood, he might even tell you he isn't male at all.
That's because, when the 21-year-old Londoner isn't walking the runway for the likes of Raf Simons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Robert Geller, and J.W. Anderson, he's donning a wig and slinking around town as Dinah Lux — his nom de drag — usually with Ben Jarvis, fellow model and boy toy. In fact, speaking of drag, Jacob was scouted at the opening of a Sephora shop in New York, waiting for none other than Amanda Lepore to warble a few of her hits.
And when Jacob isn't tickling pink, he's tickling the ivories. A pianist and composer, he studied classical music at Cambridge University and graduated with honors over the summer. Good timing, as the Tokyo spring '15 collections were beckoning. He walked Factotum and Discovered, among others — as Jacob Bird, this time.
We dug around his Instagram (@jmallinsonb) and found Dinah in rare form...