Cool as it's always been, Céline set a very high bar for itself when, in January, it released a single portrait of Joan Didion wearing dark sunglasses and a black sweater as part of its spring campaign. Joan Didion. How are you supposed to follow that? The French fashion house's answer, it seems, is: Don't try.
Rather than wrestling even greater celebrity talent for its fall campaign, Céline has tapped a handful of relatively unknown models to go under Juergen Teller's lens. Please acquaint yourselves with Karly Loyce (who studies biology and appeared on one of i-D's many 35th anniversary covers), Agnes Nieske (who has walked for the likes of Gucci, Fendi and Giambattista Valli), Irina Djuranovic (who noted on Instagram that this is her first campaign ever), Lisa Helene Kramer (a spring Dior Couture exclusive with a Vogue Italia appearance under her belt) and Federikke Sofie Fable-Hansen (who has shot for Número and possesses a great collection of eyeglasses). While we love us some Hadids, Jenners and Smalls, it's always nice to see a major label playing fairy godmother to a handful of up-and-coming models.
This is assuming, of course, that Céline doesn't sneak attack us with a Didion-level cultural icon in the next week or so. Given the glacial pace at which certain fashion houses have teased out their full campaigns (to great dramatic effect, admittedly), that doesn't seem entirely outside the realm of possibility. Check out all the images below.