David Jones might have lost its ceo Mark McInnes and now even its new face Miranda Kerr, at least just for one season - with Kerr announcing on the Nine Network's Today Show this morning that she and Orlando Bloom have married and she will be skipping the department store's August 3 Spring/Summer runway showcase (with insiders reporting she is three months pregnant). But DJs has gained a fabulous replacement for the show: Abbey Lee Kershaw. Sources close to Kershaw confirm she will be replacing Kerr in the show (which is an in-season show designed to launch DJs new designer collections to consumers). Once a DJs Youth Ambassador, Kershaw is now ranked the world number
six five runway/editorial/advertising model by US-based modelling authority models.com (moving up one place in the space of a fortnight). It's a fantastic get for DJs. UPDATE: Frockwriter's sources confirm that world number 12 Catherine McNeil is also doing the show, which is even better news for DJs. Other models on DJs' runway will include Nicole Trunfio, who did last season's show alongside Kerr and DJs regular Alexandra Agoston. All since confirmed in Kerr's statement that was released at 8.00am this morning (to which frockwriter did not have access), but which no mainstream media outlet considered sufficiently interesting to report at the time.
All models, coincidentally, are from the same agency as Kerr: Chic Management.
Kerr would be on a multimillion dollar contract with David Jones and the news, although of course joyous for Kerr and Bloom, is a tad inconvenient for DJs. So very handy that Chic could step in with two modelling superstars to replace her at short notice.
It's probably a safe bet that Kerr might not be doing the DJs Autumn/Winter 2011 show in the first week of February either.
The latter coincides, perhaps awkwardly, with the launch of New York Fashion Week - a time when modelling superstars tend to be extremely busy.