• The icon:

    Joni Mitchell

    Who: Canadian singer-songwriter, adored for her whimsical melodies.

    Her look: Understated bohemia – think maxi dresses, denim flares and long tan boots.

    The runway tribute: Her freewheeling '70s aesthetic was echoed in the colorful summer knits at Missoni and peasant blouses at Chloé.

    How to work it now: Team a woven maxi dress with silver jewelry and gladiator sandals.


    The Off-Duty Update:

    Blue denim

    It's perennial, of course, but each season offers a subtle difference in denim. SS13 is all about the perfect pale-blue shade: you'll know it by its inherent promise of sunshine, travel and a near-irresistible temptation to go barefoot when wearing it. Don't be afraid of doubling up your denim, or keep it simple and combine with clean, crisp white – look for tonal embellishments or cut-out details to keep it contemporary.

    Joni Mitchell: singer, songwriter and the original free spirit

    The Edit

    Words: Natalie Rigg; Kay Barron. Photograph: Corbis

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