Joni Mitchell is the star of Saint Laurent's new ad campaign

By Sarah Kelsey

The new year is off to an epic start when it comes to female artists modelling for famed fashion houses. Earlier this week it was announced that Joan Didion is the new face of Céline, and now we've received word that our very own Joni Mitchell is collaborating with luxury French fashion house Saint Laurent.

News of the folk legend's starring role was announced on Twitter with the simplest text:

In the series of black-and-white ads, the Alberta-born singer-songwriter can be seen posing with and playing her guitar. Her trademark blond locks flow loosley over her shoulders, which are covered by a '60s-esque tunic. Her ensemble is capped off with a classic, oversized black Saint Laurent fedora and a leather cape.

The images are part of the design house's annual Music Project ad campaign. Stars previously photographed for the brand include Marianne Faithfull, Chuck Berry, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.

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Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson for Saint LaurentPhoto: Hedi Slimane/Saint Laurent

Each image clearly conveys Joni's passion for her craft and her comfort in her own skin. And while the Saint Laurent brand generally leans towards the era, it's yet another sign that '60s and '70s attire will be trending in a big way for spring 2015.

This is one of the first public appearances for the "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock" singer since she entered retirement a few years ago. The folk singer's decades-long career won her dozens of awards; her 1971 record Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made by Rolling Stone.

Photo: Hedi Slimane/Saint Laurent

Joni received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000, and she most recently performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver.

Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane went to the singer's home in Bel Air, California to capture the images.

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