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:: Spotlight :: David Jones announces its 'Summer d'Azur'

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

David Jones, Australia‘s leading and only branded department store, has officially announced its national Summer 2007 Collections launch campaign 'Summer d'Azur’.

To launch the campaign, David Jones will host a National AAA-List event on Tuesday, August 7 to showcase the latest trends for summer featuring David Jones most celebrated Australian designers.

David Jones Ambassador, Megan Gale will return to the catwalk fresh from the South of France to showcase the hottest trends for the season.

The national launch will be replicated more than 55 times in all major capital cities across Australia for customers to enjoy. David Jones Ambassador Megan Gale will visit and introduce select parades in Elizabeth Street Sydney, Bourke Street Mall Melbourne, Rundle Mall Adelaide, Hay Street Mall Perth and Queens Plaza Brisbane, giving 12,000 customers the opportunity to see her talk through the season trends and Summer 2007 must haves!

Bookings for the David Jones Summer 2007 In-store Collections Shows are essential. Customers should phone 1300 555 335.

The David Jones Summer 2007 campaign was shot in the French Riviera including Cannes, Cap Ferrat at the Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferret, St Tropez, Antibes, VilleFranche, Menton and Nice.

The creative team was flown in from over the world to shoot the campaign over a one month period during the glamorous Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. The team included Australian photographer, Paul Westlake and campaign stylist, Kelvin Harries.

Campaign Facts
• David Jones took over and shot approx: 250 pieces of clothing and accessories, 30 pairs of sunglasses, 50 pairs of shoes and 30 swimsuits.

A standout line-up of Australia's most celebrated designers will feature on the prestigious runway including; new designers to the exclusive David Jones Fashion Family - Anna Thomas and Ginger&Smart, alongside AG, Akira, Alannah Hill, Alex Perry, Alice McCall, Calibre, Colette Dinnigan, Easton Pearson, George Gross, Harry Who, Jayson Brunsdon, Kirrily Johnston, Lisa Ho, Mad Cortes, Mimco, Morrissey, Sally Smith, sass & bide, Scanlan and Theodore, Seafolly, Simona, Tigerlily, Trelise Cooper and Willow.

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**Elyse Taylor announced as Summer 2007 Ambassador for Young Designers**

Committed to maintaining its tradition of supporting and nurturing the development of young Australian talent, David Jones is delighted to announce Elyse Taylor as the Summer 2007 Collections Launch Ambassador for Young Designers.

In addition to gracing the covers of esteemed French Vogue and UK’s Harpers and Queen, Elyse has worked on every major Australian fashion magazine including Vogue Australia, Harpers Bazaar, Marie-Claire and Madison, Elyse will now add the coverted title of David Jones Ambassador for Young Designers to her world standard modelling portfolio. The role will see Elyse feature alongside David Jones Ambassador Megan Gale in the David Jones Summer 2007 campaign shot on location in the glamorous surrounds of the South of France. Elyse will also showcase the latest collections from Australia’s leading young designers at the illustrious National and Melbourne David Jones Collections Launch events. The Young Designer Ambassador program has contributed to many successful modelling careers including Cheyenne Tozzi, Candice Lake, Ilona Novecek and Samantha Harris.

In 2003, at 18 years of age after finishing her final year of school, Sydney born Elyse Taylor commenced her full time modelling career. Two years later after amazing editorial success in Australia, Elyse moved to New York to try her luck in the highly competitive international modelling circuit. Her success was instantaneous, and she soon found herself working in partnership with renowned world photographers including Patrick Demarchelier for Chanel Cosmetics and Chris Milcher for American Vogue.

Elyse’s fresh face and doll like features have made her a popular choice amongst international designers at Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan and Paris. Elyse has walked the catwalk for international greats including Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, D&G, Trussardi and Alberta Ferretti to name just a few.

Honoured to be part of the David Jones Summer 2007 Collections Launch, Elyse Taylor said, “I am thrilled to be returning to Australia to represent David Jones as the Ambassador for Young Designers. I have always shopped at David Jones because of the fantastic offering of exclusive Australian designers and admired Megan Gale’s success both internationally and at home. I been fortunate enough to walk for many international designers overseas, but to return to Australia to represent Australia’s leading young designer brands is a great honour.”

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**Update as at August 5, 2007 - Four top models welcomed back for Collections launch**

David Jones is thrilled to welcome home four of Australia’s hottest exports: Catherine McNeil, Nicole Trunfio, Kristy Hinze and Cheyenne Tozzi for the highly anticipated David Jones Summer 2007 Collections Launch.

Led by David Jones Ambassador, Megan Gale, the recently announced Ambassador for Young Designers, Elyse Taylor, Catherine, Nicole, Kristy and Cheyenne will all walk exclusively for David Jones representing Australia’s most celebrated designers.

“Along with our David Jones Ambassador Megan Gale, and our Ambassador for Young Designers Elyse Taylor these girls bring to the catwalk a supercharged element of excitement. We are thrilled that Australia’s most in demand models have chosen to fly back to Australia to walk exclusively for David Jones. To have our David Jones designers represented by internationally renowned Australian models creates a perfect synergy with which to launch our Summer season”, said Colette Garnsey, David Jones Group General Manager Apparel, Cosmetics, Accessories and Footwear.

Catherine McNeil
2007 represents Catherine McNeil’s coming of age in more ways than one. Upon relocating from Sydney to New York in January, she scored an exclusive editorial contract with world-renowned photographer Mario Testino just days after touching down. The Peruvian star-maker instantly declared “Catherine has got what it takes to be an amazing model” and proved it by shooting her for prestigious titles V magazine and French Vogue.

It wasn’t the only time Catherine has stolen the hearts of the fashion set. Touted as the biggest discovery of the autumn-winter 2007/08 ready-to-wear collections in New York, Milan and Paris earlier this year, Catherine walked for more than 35 designers. Givenchy, Chanel, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Fendi, Stella McCartney and Jean Paul Gaultier were among those scrambling to book her, frequently bestowing the privilege of opening and closing their shows. She was, quite simply, the only one to watch.

Major advertising contracts followed. Catherine currently stars in global campaigns for Versace, Hugo Boss, D&G and Donna Karan making her one of the most sought-after models in the world at just 18 years old.

Nicole Trunfio
Soon after Nicole starred as ‘the new face’ at Australian Fashion Week in 2003 walking in over 19 shows, she flew out of Australia to complete a sensational first show season in New York, Milan and Paris appearing in 47 shows representing international designers including Chanel, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, Fendi, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce and Gabbana, a huge coup for a new face on the international modelling circuit.

Nicole has shot international campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Sisley, DKNY, Neiman Marcus, Kenneth Cole and Trussadi. A favourite of Karl Lagerfeld’s (he shot her for Australian Vogue), she has appeared all over the world in leading glossy magazines including British, Japanese, Italian, German, Russian and French VOGUE and is regularly shot for American Harper’s Bazaar and Flair by noted leading fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

Nicole recently completed the couture shows in Paris and has appeared in campaigns for Lacoste, Victoria’s Secret and the face of Pantene. With her sights also set on acting, Nicole has just completed her first year of acting school.

Kristy Hinze
Discovered at age 14, Kristy has gone on to grace numerous covers of leading international and Australian publications and complete successful show circuits in New York. Kristy has also been the face of leading campaigns such as diesel and Givenchy body cream and Decleor. In 2001 Kristy was flown to the Bahamas to shoot for world renowned international label Victoria’s Secret.

At home in Australia, Kristy turned heads when she appeared in the Tigerlily show at the 2001 Australian Fashion Week wearing a $6 million diamond encrusted bikini and python snake around her neck! She has also appeared at the brand ambassador for iconic Australian label Berlei and has shot campaigns for Country Road. This season, will see Kristy as the face of the Summer 2007 Sportscraft campaign.

Cheyenne Tozzi
In Cheyenne’s short five years of modelling she has worked with some of the most established photographers including Sam Haskins, Ben Watts and Richard Bailey. Cheyenne has graced the pages of Harpers Bazaar, Cosmo and has regularly appeared on the pages of both Australian and US Cleo.

Based in New York, Cheyenne is no stranger to travelling, returning home to Australia to shoot campaigns for Bonds youth, Baku Swimwear and Just Jeans.

Cheyenne has a long-standing relationship with David Jones, walking the runway in 2004 as the Ambassador for Young Designers alongside Linda Evangelista. More recently, Cheyenne appeared alongside Megan Gale in the David Jones Winter 2007 ‘Street of Dublin’ fashion campaign shot in Ireland.

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**Pictures from the Sydney launch**

Megan Gale wearing Trelise Cooper Megan wearing Zimmermann
Tigerlily Mimco
Seafolly
Sabatini Mad Cortes
sass and bide
Megan Gale in Lisa Ho Ginger And Smart
Alannah Hill Akira
Easton Pearson George Gross & Harry Who
Megan Gale wearing Willow Kit Willow with Megan at the show's finale
Megan with other international models Nicole Trunfio & Megan Gale
international model Cheyenne Tozzi
Jodhi Meares Genevieve & Alexandra Smart
Akira Isogawa Peter Morrissey
TV presenter Fuzzy Andy Lee & Megan Gale
Camilla Franks Kathrine Eisman & Michelle Walsh
Kelly Smythe Sara Groen
Andy & Hamish Michelle & Martin Walsh

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**Pictures from the Melbourne launch**

Megan Gale and fellow models
Nicole Trunfio, Peter Morrissey & Cheyenne Tozzi
top model Kristy Hinze in action
Tigerlily Peter Morrissey and Peter Alexander
Alannah Hill Andy Lee and Megan Gale