Few things in the world of fashion are as delightful as an unexpected casting choice. Think back to Joan Didion's surprising turn as a Celine model or Willem Dafoe strutting his stuff on Prada's runway in 2012. This week, Loewe unveiled its new Spring 2024 pre-collection campaign, and the star at its heart is none other than the venerable 88-year-old actor, Maggie Smith. Alongside established fashion figures like Greta Lee, Josh O'Connor, and Taeyong, Smith emerges as the most refreshing cameo of all. Let's be honest, who could have ever anticipated seeing the adorably prim Professor McGonagall flaunting a Puzzle bag in the world of high fashion?Maggie Smith, renowned for her legendary roles in the Harry Potter and Downton Abbey franchises, among other notable performances, graces the campaign in three distinctive looks, all impeccably captured by the lens of Juergen Teller. In one image, she sports a voluminous fuzzy coat paired with Loewe's signature Puzzle bag. In another, she elegantly dons a white and black turtleneck dress with a ruffled skirt while holding the label's Paseo bag. The fashion world's response has been nothing short of ecstatic, with one user on X (formerly known as Twitter) exclaiming, 'Maggie Smith for Loewe is everything I never knew I needed.'Maggie Smith's involvement in the Loewe campaign adds to a lineage of surprising casting choices by major fashion brands. Her photos immediately drew comparisons to Joan Didion's iconic 2015 ads for Celine , where the celebrated American writer donned the label's oversized sunglasses and a sleek black turtleneck. 'Maggie Smith for Loewe is like a modern twist on Phoebe Philo's Cline , the way Joan Didion was,' expressed another X user. Notably, Pamela Anderson also made waves last year when she starred in a Jacquemus holiday campaign, marking the beginning of her fashion renaissance and career resurgence. What makes Smith's foray into the high-fashion world especially imaginative is that it reinforces the timeless truth that great style and exceptional posing skills transcend age.