Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Staff

DjG has grown. We want to give our most cordial welcome to Melissa Feijoo-Viro from USA, who will be working together with us very closely on twitter, sharing our daily day, always to give you the most complete info about your favorite male model. 

Thank you so much Melissa, it is for us a pleasure you have considered to join the team.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

David Gandy for Lucky Brand Summer 2012


Second Part - (First Arrivals): (May 04, 2012) Lucky Brand Summer 2012
Source: Lckybrand.com - Facebook

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

David Gandy for Vogue Japan (September 2012)

David Gandy with Sarah Ann Macklin for the September issue of Vogue Japan. Photographed by Matt Irwin and styled by Aurora Sansone for the Editorial: I'm Better in Black


Source: Tfs.com

David Gandy's Spicy Interview (Transcription Update)

"At requested, we want to upload this video interview of the last year (I’m sure it has become in one of the unforgettable ones), with its full English transcription for all the foreign visitors. This has been made possible thanks to Melissa Feijoo-Viro who has been so kind to help us with it.
From DjG, thank you very much Melissa, for your prompt and valuable help.
To finish, let me only remind you that if you need to translate into a different language (this one or any other post) you can do it directly from here using the ‘Translate’ button down right on this blog.
 
Enjoy this interview one more time!"

September 07, 2011
Interview at D&G S/S 2012 Backstage by Mondo Trasho


Mondo Trasho: So, David do you just look at yourself in the mirror all day?
David Gandy: No
MT: So, you don't think...
DG: It scares me when I look in the mirror, so I try not to do it.
MT: Why? Your not vain?
DG: No, I don't think I'm vain actually, people actually think that...I don't actually like the way I look that much. I think I have a big nose, big ears and funny hair and so yeah I'd rather not look in the mirror.
MT: What position do you sleep in usually?
DG: Depends who's in the bed with me.
MT: Really?! What's your favorite sex position??
DG: Oh my God! I can't, I can't answer that..
MT: Why?
DG: I just can't
MT: So, we'll just assume the dirtiest position. I would assume doggy style.
DG: Everyone loves doggy style let's be honest
MT: Right
DG: Right
MT: Were you born this way?
DG: Born what way?
MT: This way
DG: No, I was a lot smaller
MT: Okay, perfect Are you a feminist?
DG: Yeah, I'm really pro-feminist actually
MT: Really, that's great! Tell me like...
DG: ... For like the vote and stuff. I can't wait until women get the vote, I think it will be really, really good
MT: 'Till they get the vote
DG: You think they'll be burning a few bras and stuff as well?
MT: No, but all jokes aside. Do you feel that women are better leaders than men or at least on par with them?
DG: The thing I love about what they say about women is that, they'll go, they'll be less wars if women were in charge and then Margaret Thatcher took over as you know as um Prime Minister in the U.K. and she went to war in the Falklands, so then no one can say that anymore so it's brilliant.
MT: My next question was going to be like how many girls have you had this week?
DG: None, cause I have a girlfriend and she's not with me, so.
MT: Yeah, I did some research, stalking, and uh I realize
DG: Oh you like to call it stalking?
MT: Yeah, and she's in a band, right?
DG: She's in a band, yes.
MT: Does she sing to you in bed?
DG: No
MT: Can you sing for me something?
DG: No, it's just for her, that's how private it is.
MT: What do you usually sing, though?
DG: Oh, I'm old school, I'm like a crooner like probably Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett stuff
MT: I can see by your hair
DG: And my nose
MT: Yeah, but you were born this way, so.
So, what's your good side?
DG: I don't know, well I think it's, I have a scar on this side, so maybe it's that side
MT: Your scar's hot, how'd you get it?
DG: Someone actually shut the car door in my face.
MT: Why, did you piss them off?
DG: Probably, I piss most people off
MT: Why, what did you do?
DG: It was my best-friend actually
MT: Did you steal his girlfriend?
DG: No
MT: Why not?
DG: Cause we both didn't have girlfriends at the time. We were in New York getting over our last girlfriends, hence the drunken closing car doors on ourselves.
MT: Why don't you ever do something crazy on the catwalk like why don't you like, I don't know, roll around on the floor, like push somebody, cause like your famous enough, where like it'd be fine and you'll probably get some great interviews.
DG: I think they'll frown upon that if I started rolling around.
MT: Cause you'd wrinkle the clothes
DG: Maybe I'd get a little tired half way and just go you know what just and just sit down or just sit down and chuck someone off the seat and sit down myself.
MT: You should do it!
DG: Apparently I can, with your permission
MT: You have my permission
DG: Don't tell the boys that, cause I'd ruin their clothes show
MT: Yeah, they would love it
DG: I'm sure they would
MT: Your place or mine?
DG: Where'd you live?
MT: 24 Maggio
DG: In Milan?
MT:Yeah
DG: No, you have to come to London, so it would have to be mine
MT: I'm coming next week!!!! Be careful what you say!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Making of David Gandy - August Man Malaysia Magazine Interview





When I started in the industry, it was all about the androgynous skinny guy. Masculine guys couldn't even get jobs to save their lives, perhaps only commercially. An androgynous guy was much more editorial based and appeared on the covers of every magazine," he says to August Man.

It is hard to imagine but Gandy was actually laughed at during his early days as a model when he struggled to fit into the Dior Homme suits designed by Hedi Slimane, but that was indeed the case when he delved into modeling fresh out of university. Gandy was discovered when he won a modeling competition organized by the morning talk show This Morning. "Booze and going out," is how he described his life at the time when he appeared on the Jonathan Ross show. 

At 6-ft 3" and with a physique built from playing rugby, Gandy found himself out of sorts with the look of the time. He was even labeled the "big guy" and told to lose bulk. But he is not the best at being told what to do and so he continued to maintain his physique, in fact, building more muscle.

"I stuck at it," he says when appearing on This Morning. "Fashion comes around and I knew there would be a time again for the athletic guy." Furthermore, it wasn't that he wasn't working. It's just that his work was more commercial involving run-of-the-mill stuff like catalogues. It wasn't however what the young Gandy wanted.
"I wanted to work with the best," he says on the show. And the best he got when he was selected as the face of Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue fragrance campaign.

"I always wanted to be in an iconic commercial," he says to August Man. "2005 was a turning point. I didn't want to shoot catalogues and commercial. There was a go big or go home mentality in me. I was either going to do really well and be successful in my eyes, which is not limited to fame and fortune. I wanted to work with the most creative people out there and produce something very iconic. Light Blue's campaign established something new, working with photographer Mario Testino and designers Dolce & Gabbana, people say that it changed the industry. When we shot it we knew something special was coming, but we were not sure what it would be at the time. Some said this campaign brought men back into fashion."

It was while preparing for the Dolce and Gabbana runway show that Gandy received news that he was being considered for the fragrance campaign. From the show in Milan, he was whisked off to Capri, and then Naples. There he was, a guy with a tan, body and of course, a couple of other characteristics that made him the obvious choice for the campaign.

"People often tell me how lucky I was. In some respects I was very fortunate but I am quite a big believer in the saying that there is no such thing as luck, just a very well prepared person waiting for an opportunity to appear, and it did. Everyone told me to get smaller and lose weight, but I am quite a big boned guy so that was never going to happen. I felt happier being the bigger, muscular guy I wanted to be. I went against the trend, and just got bigger and more muscular, it worked out well in the end."

The campaign he credits as being the highlight of his 11 year career. It was the "kick off and peak of my shooting around the world." Prior to Light Blue, Gandy's fame was contained within the modeling industry, a situation, he says, that most male models have to contend with.

"Models can be really successful within the industry, but the public only know the face but not our names. This is what we have to change as a model. In reality, models aren't competing against each other for jobs, the real competition is with the movie stars, actors, sports athletes and music stars, everyone is coming out wanting to brand themselves. All the brands want to associate themselves with these famous names. Models can't stick around just being a model any more, at least I don't think they can."

Going beyond modeling is something that Gandy has certainly succeeded in doing. He now blogs on the website of British Vogue, is a regular contributor to GQ, writing about cars and has a men's style guide iPhone app which he designed back in 2010.

"I was at the Scottish Fashion Awards and there was the editor from British Vogue, Dolly Jones. She was at our table, along with myself and my PR. We got to talking and she asked if I would like to try to write for the blog and I said, "of course!" Now it's one of the most popular blogs on Vogue.co.uk. It gives people a perspective on the fashion industry. I don't just write about the fashion industry, but it invites people in. The fashion industry can be very elitist."

As a non-social media user, fans get to "know" him through vogue.co.uk but they also get to learn about the fashion industry, in particular, how much work goes into modeling.
It looks like the next couple of years are going to be pretty intense for Gandy as he ventures beyond modeling. apart from the numerous other projects, he also owns a production company with actor John Cusack and he continues to work on his iPhone app.

"Modeling does not take up all my time, but the traveling and writing does. In 5 to 10 years, I know where I want to be, but I wouldn't dare to say it, just in case I never get there. There's got to be a time where I slow down a little bit. I'm 32 now, in five years I will be 37. There's got to be time for a wife and kids and houses. I simply can't travel as much as I do now, which I've been doing for the past 11 years."

But no matter what, you can be sure that retirement is not in the picture.
"If I have a day off, I am the most irritable person because I haven't done anything. The thought of retirement kills me. My parents have brought me up with a huge work ethic. You work and you strive! I don't ask anyone for anything--just don't ask for help but do it all myself. I don't think people do that these days, they rely on their managers, financiers, or their agents to do everything for them. I'm very much a control freak and I want to do everything myself. I believe I have more interests in fashion, more about brand consulting or art directions. Creativity has been taken out of fashion for a while and I think it's time to pull it back."

The photo shoot today is about Brithsh style. What is the difference between British fashion and American fashion?
Truthfully, many American fashion designers are influenced by English fashion. Ralph Lauren talks about his love of English garb, his love for English tailoring. If you look at Tommy Hilfiger, that's gone very much back to tailoring, bow-ties, layering, waistcoats, great suits, and that all comes from Saville Row and from years and years of the British army's utilitarian style. But in present time many young English guys want American inspired clothing, which I think is a little sad. They are all lining up for Abercrombie & Fitch, but we have Saville Row and Carnaby Street, and all these wonderful designers like Burberry and Vivienne Westwood, just to name a few.

That's interesting because we are all obsessed with Paul Smith and Burberry.
This is a sad situation. The Americans and Asians, they all love Jaguars, Land Rovers, annd everything that carries a British heritage but the British are sometimes not as brand loyal as others, which is a little bit sad. Luckily British fashion is getting better in these days as tailoring gets back in trend. You simply can't find any better tailor shops than what we have in London. Also, we haven't had a major fashion week before. I'm glad the women's fashion week in London is getting stronger and the attention it deserves. I'm on the committee along with Tom Ford and Christopher Bailey to create the first men's fashion week, which debuted on June 14th. This means a lot on the push for British fashion.

You have so much on your hands, how do you find time to do them all?
Well, just make the most out of life! That's kind of it. It does take its toll after a while. For example, at the back of my head now I'm thinking about the iPhone application projects. Sixteen months ago I designed an app on men's style guide, and now I'm doing a fitness guide and that has to be signed off this week, so in between the shoots there were contracts being signed. Also, Vogue asked if I can get an article in by this week; meanwhile, GQ is asking for another article for a later date. So while most models come do a photo shoot then head home and on with their lives, I have a lot to do. However, I do like this busy lifestyle at the end of the day. It gives your brain cells a work out when you're writing, and writing is not an easy task. It's hard to appeal and interest readers.

Any obstacles in writing articles?
People say that I write like I talk, which sounds very easy, but sometimes I can write something and scrap it out then sit for hours. Sometimes it's hard trying to put the thoughts in your head on to paper, but sometimes it does so very easily. You'll wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea, write for half an hour and it's done, but I can sit there for days and not a word will come out. Especially when I write about cars. GQ is not a car magazine, although I know a lot about cars and I can write a very technically based article on cars, but readers of GQ are not going to be interested in what I write. Some women readers follow my Facebook fan page and on Vogue, they would then read car articles in GQ, therefore I can't just write about cars because that will bore them. I have to bring a little humor and personality into it. You know as well as I do that writing is a difficult thing.

Related Post:  Behind the scenes with David Gandy for 'August Man' by Chiun-Kai Shih
Behind the scenes with David Gandy for 'August Man' by Justin Violini
David Gandy for 'August Man' Malaysia (July 2012) (Photoshoot & Fist Look Inside)

Source: Lamodelsblog.com & DavidGandy's Official FB


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Past & Present of David Gandy (5/5)

Before 'August Man' and the photo shoots,
Before the events and the campaigns,
Before the D&G & the Light Blue,

There was David from Essex who started to build his professional career as a model.

Dreaming of  being among the top of the tops one day…And then came, the first shoot, the first trip, the first flash…of his new life.

Starting today we want to show you five moments, five rare pictures of his beginnings. Some of them, from our loved undated folder. We hope you enjoy it  a lot.

Gant Underwear 2005




David Gandy with the australian model and actress 
Megan Gale for David Jones Catalog 2005

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vogue: Best Dressed of the Week (# 29)

David Gandy is among the most stylish stars of this week (week #29) in Vogue (British Magazine).

This picture belongs to the 'Global Launch Of Audi City Digital Showroom' event, featuring an art installation by Chris Cunningham, on Monday 16, 2012 in London.





David Gandy, Sarah Ann Macklin & Matthew Williamson
Source: Vogue.co.uk

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Behind the scenes with David Gandy for 'August Man' by Chiun-Kai Shih

Behind the scenes photos (© Chiun-Kai Shih) from the shoot for 'August Man' Malaysia Magazine (July 2012 issue) at The Thompson Hotel in New York.













Related Post:
Behind the scenes with David Gandy for 'August Man' by Justin Violini

David Gandy for 'August Man' Malaysia (July 2012) (Photoshoot & Fist Look Inside)

Source:  Milan/Paris Men's Fashion Week 2011