Sunday, November 25, 2012

David Gandy Covers RAKE Magazine (Nov 2012) (Interview Update)


Covering the #24 issue of  The Rake Magazine, while posing for the lense of Jake Walters  in an indoor/outdoor studio in London. What David Gandy brings to this photoshoot is a relaxed, unforced attitude that brings to mind old Hollywood glamour and charm. This November issue includes an exclusive interview with David Gandy on how Dolce & Gabbana propelled his meteoric rise in the modeling industry.






Behind the scenes shots from the July 16th photoshoot.

Outtakes

Magazine (via Models.com) New!


THE BRITALIAN JOB 
by Tom Stubbs

    David Gandy drops me off at the No. 19 bus stop in Fulham, West London. I fumble through the door of hi Mercedes SLS Gullwing, making no small performance of stumbling onto the pavement. "White Pants Man" ( as he's known in sections of the British public) immediately gets clocked by a couple of teenage girls and their mother. He smiles graciously as all three giggling females articulate mischievous -- and not a little salacious -- declarations of appreciation. They're referring to Gandy's seminal work, Light Blue, the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance campaign the rocketed an ordinary Essex boy to globally - recognised, white-trunks wearing Adonis. The Mario Testino image that inspired a thousand torso fantasies/inferiority for men around the world also propelled a shift in perceptions of ideal male body shape, replacing the fashionable skinny-boy look with the bulkier paradigm still prevalent today. These days, David is used to recognition. It goes with territory of ‘global male supermodel’ – a moniker you’d struggle to apply to another guy since Nick Kamen took his jeans off in the launderette in that mid – ‘80s Levi’s ad. That’s big – but big Dave can take it.

     Post The Rake interview, the increasingly metropolitan Gandy is off to advise Jaguar on how to improve band presence. He’s a motoring journalist, has just launched a fitness app and occasionally appears on television advertisements. Brand Gandy is a serious concern. Dressed in wide-leg pinstripe pants and vest, with pinstripe wide-lapel jacket, he’s an amalgam of male elegance – Clark Gable meets Count von Count cast as Jay Gatsby. The dashing Gandy wide-pants stance has delighted the front row at ‘London Collections: Men’ shows. He’s become an unofficial ambassador for British men’s style. The passionate style enthusiast talks earnestly about the positives of British High Street offerings, while criticising elements of men’s fashion editorial. “Work out how to get men to shop like women, and you’ll be a millionaire”, he suggests. Confident, elegant and eloquent, it appears he was born to this life. David was a working-class Essex boy, an excellent county cricketer and a talented (and usually tracksuit-clad) rugby player before a college pal entered him in a UK morning TV show’s male model competition. He won, and found himself on the books at Public Image Worldwide. Job done? Not quite.

     His rise from breakfast TV man –crumpet for middle- aged This Morning viewers to fronting a Milanese fashion house hasn’t happened by chance – strategy and personality have been critical. Ten years ago, Gandy’s signature wedge shape and smouldering, craggy looks were far removed from the zeitgeist – even for machismo merchants Dolce & Gabbana. Was it a masterful presentation to the casting agent that Gandy squeeze neatly into those famous white trunks? All David will let on is just how meticulous the maestros behind the label he fronts are when it comes to decisions, however minor. “One major thing I respect about those guys it they’re still at the forefront of everything that goes on – right down to the people that sit in the front row at the show”, he says. “They decide everything. In other big designer houses, you won’t find a head of a company governing all that – I think it’s one of the reason they’re so successful. Being so close to them, I see they still make every decision and have complete control. It’s unique compared to other houses”.

     It was no Sunday drive from the catwalk to the campaign set for Gandy and the Italian boys, however – not when even haircuts can be a deal-breaker. “Back in 2001, when I first worked with Dolce & Gabbana, they’d have everyone’s hair the same – bosh - cropped right off at the sides, and left alone on top. I lost others jobs because of that cut. When I went back, I was sat with Domenico and Stefano and they said, “Right, go and get the hair cut.' I was only 23, but I said, ' I can't, I lost work because of it.' They gave me an ultimatum, so I had to just walk. I didn't go back until 2005. By then a few things had changed."

     Gandy had, by this stage, been getting plenty of modelling work. but mainly aspirational brand jobs and favourable editorial. Although earning a good living, he wanted more, and to have greater control over his career route. " I decided to rebel from the skinny-trendy look and go bigger," he says. "I was never going to be skinny, so I thought, 'It's go big or go home time-- let's see if the industry comes around.'" It did. In the case of Dolce, who decided they wanted a new, inreconstructed of masculinity: a tanned, Mediterranean take on herculean virility. Cue Gandy entering the theater of global advertising campaigns, as directed by the world's finest photographers.

   After Testino's Light Blue, David took lead roles in other famous Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, such as Steven Klein's Sicilian odyssey and recent Mariano Vivanco work. Was it difficult for the former sportsman to stay still for such epic roles? "I've never been confident in front of the camera, even in family photographs," he deadpans. "Weirdly I'm still not. I don't like my photo being taken" He raises on eyebrow. "But in 11 years, I've got to learn what works for people. At the end of the day, brand employ you to make it work. The client and art director and photographer know what they want. You have to take those thoughts and adapt them to what you can do. It’s like being an actor. You know your best looks, but you’ve got to trust the director. Particularly Mario and Mariano – they simply know how to make people look beautiful. Some just shoot in their own style, but there’s something about the way they appreciate the female or male form that makes you look good. They get something others wouldn’t. You have to trust them. If you have doubt, you still have to go with it – they have the vision”.

     Gandy is now a tangible part of Dolce’s vision. He sits “frow” in Milan, instead of rippling down the runway at their shoes. He’s one of the family. On my recent regular visits to the boutique in Bond Street (to borrow Gandy – sized clothes for the photographs that surround these words), it became apparent that he’s extremely popular with the staff. They all sent him their love along with the carefully packed suits. He’s a Dolce talisman now, encapsulating the house’s masculinity. I’ve heard that his personal traits – he’s charming, modest and a consummate low-key British gent – are partly what appealed to the Italian icon – makers when it came to elevating him. The book David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana, shot mostly by Vivanco, came out last year, and is a hard-back, slightly homoerotic homage to Gandy via the campaign shoots plus some additional, overtly 'racy' imagery.

    Was the book a leap of faith for Gandy? "We actually held back in some regards," he says. "Mariano and the boys did take it to the next step, but I never did a full frontal nude. We always left something to the imagination." In some instances, it has to be noted, it was only half left. "Yes, it's 80's Bruce Webber referential -- very sexualised. People think I do nude all the time. Yes, for the book, but that's Mariano and Dolce & Gabbana's thing -- I don't do it all the time." He's very focused about what he will do and how he's seen. " We have a plan,Select ( his currant modelling agent) and I. I've always said it's more important what you say 'no' to than what you say 'yes' to. It's a game of chess-- the moves you make are important. The wrong one puts you back years." The nude, sexualised shots demonstrate Gandy's trust and loyalty to Dolce & Gabbana and their setup, regardless of how people might view it.

     Gandy's quite exasperated by how judgemental people can be about men's style and image in the UK. " If you walk out of London without socks on, people will still take a piss. I got papped with a man-bag going to the gym, then got slated in the press, It shows people's insecurity." This doesn't stop a man of Gandy's wilfulness working his own style regardless. " I go for '50's suites and baggy strides," he says. "That's me going against the trends. I feel compelled to, as it seems there's less and less individualism these days. What I'm trying to say is, it's okay to do what you want." A trifle easier for a chap with screen-idol looks, but I see the sentiment. " David Beckham has done that so well. I also think Andreas Kronthaler - the design director for Vivienne Westwood - is brilliant. He says people are sheep; they just follow. So he leads the way by wearing really good vintage and mad creative clothes put together his way. He looks utterly amazing."

    So what has David learnt from Dolce & Gabbana's approach to style? "To be more individual," he asserts. " That's what Domenico does do brilliantly. For example, he now trucks thick knits into smart trousers, and somehow, it just works. Personally, I'm quite traditional English. I like broader lapels, wider ties-- but I do mix it up.

     And how the look in the shoot readers are beholding now? " The essence of their style has come from their Sicilian origins," he says. " The style is seen in every season. In my opinion, when they truly go back to those Sicilian roots, that's when the real Dolce & Gabbana comes out. It's brilliant. While a lot of fashion houses seem to blend into each other, you can spot when a guy is wearing Dolce & Gabbana-- there's always that different edge to their stuff, that edge that gives a guy something different."

     Keener-eyed viewers will already have noticed that we shot David portraying a Hollywood screen idol. He delivered exactly what we'd ask him for thoughout. while the camera adored him. Mahatma Gandhi ( no relation) once said, " I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers." In the case of this Gandy, the press appear to love him, while the public relish seeing a humble lad from Essex do so well. As far as the British export is concerned, perhaps Jaguar should take a look at how Gandy is perceived from all sides: dashing. modern British at its low-key, classy best.

Model David Gandy debates all things style at Oxford University (New Interview)

Nov 22, 2012 / By Toni Jones
Essex boy David Gandy is the world's only male supermodel, bursting on to the scene in a pair of tight white pants as the star of Dolce & Gabbana's steamy fragrance adverts six years ago.
Today he is the poster boy for men's fashion, diversifying his brand  from cover star and catwalk king to launching his own apps, starring in a short film, working as part of the BFC Men's Collection: London Committee and representing the UK internationally as part of the Olympic Closing Ceremony's fashion tribute

This week (Nov 19, 2012) he was invited back to Oxford University for the second time to debate the importance of men's fashion with acclaimed editor of Esquire magazine Alex Bilmes and here he writes exclusively for FEMAIL about the experience.

'This week, together with Alex Bilmes, Editor of Esquire Magazine, I was privileged to be invited back to Oxford University to address the Union about "The importance of men's fashion."
'The University President kindly gave us a private tour of the beautiful building, rich in history and, as we were to find out, also in the caliber of previous speakers, whose images graced the walls.
'The Queen. The Dalai Lama. Mother Theresa ... I looked at Alex, part humbled, part terrified. We shared a silent 'no pressure' glance, smiled and adjusted our ties as I took another gulp of my Guinness wondering why I'd brought it with me from the bar when no one else seemed to ...

'I’m very fortunate in my job. Strange yet wonderful opportunities and situations like this come along from time to time – like being part of the Olympics Closing Ceremony, shooting with Mario Testino for the D&G Light Blue ad, having my image on the side of Virgin America flights, on billboards in Times Square and on London buses (its quite embarrassing when one stops next to you at a traffic light. And even more so if you’re sat on it!). I never really get used to it.

'Fashion is a subject I’ve become increasingly passionate about since working in the industry (I had little knowledge or interest in it at University). As I looked around the full room of students who had come especially to hear us speak, I wondered what, if any, influence our discussion might have on their careers.

'Whilst menswear is still far behind women’s wear in many ways, we are experiencing a boom in the industry and a resurgence in men’s fashion. The stigma that there once was around a heterosexual man having pride in their appearance is going - it’s OK to care about your appearance. Being a man, is back in fashion.

'We now have our own dedicated men’s fashion week in London (London Collections: Men), talent from film, TV and music are modeling for fashion brands, Esquire are launching their own biannual style supplement next year and the explosion of mobile/social media and online plays to men’s shopping habits - speed and ease.

'Without a sticky Union carpet in sight, we entered the beautiful Union debate room, itself very stylish and full of well dressed students. Suddenly I became very aware of my tongue (was it always this size??).

'Our hour long discussion covered many areas of men’s fashion from it’s impact on the economy, Britain’s strong heritage in style, history, how men shop and changes in men’s media, right through to why it’s important to take an interest in your appearance.

'It was great fun – the questions from the floor were smart and funny. No, I don’t feel objectified by women, but I do feel the pressure of high expectation! No, I don’t think I’m the best looking man in the world – not even the best looking man in the room

'Our hour had almost ended. I wondered if our talk was quite as intellectual as those shared by previous speakers. The last question, ‘What’s the most important part of a man's wardrobe’ was a nice easy one to finish on. 'Men’s shoes are hugely important' I answered, and went on to explain why.

'With that, I checked mine, straightened my jacket and walked into the room of students to have a drink with them in person - to find many of them looking at their shoes too. So, perhaps some of what we had shared had resonated after all?

'Who knows, maybe some of these students will be our creative designers, fashion journalists or model faces of tomorrow? The future of men’s fashion presents great opportunity and growth. I hope we inspired some people to look at it seriously as a potential career for them.'

Source: Dailymail.co.uk


Interview: David Gandy & Alex Bilmes (New!)

Imogen Beecroft talks shoes, the Olympics and making it with supermodel David Gandy and Esquire editor Alex Bilmes (Sunday 25th November 2012)

“Yes! He’s an incredibly stylish man. People laugh when I say this, but no one pulls off a double-breasted suit like him; he drives an Aston Martin, he always looks impeccable. Really, you’ll never find a picture of him not looking superb.”

I’m sitting opposite David Gandy, dubbed the world’s only male supermodel, famous for his role in the Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue campaign (remember? The boat, the blue, the briefs? If not, Google it immediately - you’re welcome). With him is Alex Bilmes, the editor of Esquire magazine, formerly Features Director at GQ. They’re talking about the London fashion scene, which they believe is finally learning how to show itself off. As Gandy says, London’s learnt how to “use what we have, and what no one else has. This year Prince Charles opened the first London Men’s Fashion Week. No one else can do that – no one else has the royal family!”

Preparing for my interview with Gandy and Bilmes was quite a challenge. Aside from attempting to make myself look as attractive as was physically possible in order to ensure that Gandy, the most beautiful man in the world, wouldn’t be able to resist asking me to dinner (sadly, he managed), I had to prepare for both an experienced journalist, and a model who, to be frank, I didn’t expect would be able to string two sentences together. Perhaps fortunately, on meeting Gandy, I realized my assumptions were entirely incorrect. As I quickly hid my list of questions including ‘is it awkward having to get naked so often?’ and ‘will you be doing Movember?’ (he won’t, by the way), my assumptions about Gandy were quickly shattered.

Both men talk passionately about their involvement with London Collections: Men, “a brand new showcase of British menswear, style and culture”, and the direction that London fashion is taking. Bilmes tells me that London fashion is special, that “historically, there were only really two great international homes of men’s wear: Milan and London. The amazing thing about London men’s fashion, and women’s too, is that it’s a combination of two extremes. We have the avant-garde, pop culture, street style which we’ve always led the world in and then there’s the more traditional formal style: Savile Row.”

They stress that London fashion might be leading the pack, but in a “traditionally British” manner: we don’t like to talk about it. “We’ve been too brusque and self-deprecating about it [London fashion]. We’ve had the most amazing people come out of the London fashion scene and it’s about time we started banging the drum about what we can do”, Bilmes tells me. He lists Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood as some examples of designers steeped in, and shaped by, British culture.

Both men are on the committee for London Collections: Men, and I ask Gandy why he thinks fashion is so important. He replies, “What’s the first thing you look at when you meet someone? Their eyes. And the second? Their shoes.” I ask about the Olympics, and Gandy’s experience walking as a part of the closing ceremony alongside models such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. His immediate reaction? “It was terrifying.”

But he goes on to speak of the change that the Olympics has kick started for British culture: “I think what Britain did well with the Olympics was to invest. Britain’s not very good at investing, but we showed that we can with the Olympics. Fashion brings a hell of a lot of money into an economy which is struggling at the moment and [having a fashion show as part of the closing ceremony] brought to light our fashion heritage and its importance.”

Bilmes echoes this sentiment, “The thing with fashion is that because it’s glamorous and glitzy its sometimes perceived as being lightweight but David’s absolutely right: it’s incredibly important to our economy. It brings money, investment, and a buzz to our country and our city in a way that some less glamorous professions don’t. That’s something that needs to be recognized and that’s what London Collections: Men is about – it’s us, the actual industry, saying were going to make a fuss about ourselves.”

Both Gandy and Bilmes speak with pride of Britain’s modelling credentials, Gandy mentioning that, “Kate [Moss] is still the best model in the world at the end of the day.” However, asked about the potential problems with an industry which more and more frequently sees women sacrificing their health for their careers they are more reticent.

They both see this issue as almost exclusively a female one: Gandy says, “I was never worried about not being sample size. People told me I had to lose weight and I went the opposite way. I don’t think there’s such pressure on men to have to be a certain size.” He emphasizes the designer’s role in this situation, comparing it to a chicken and egg situation. “Yes, designers make clothes in a certain size - sample size. But it’s impossible to know whether this is because they were making clothes to fit models, or if the models are made to fit the clothes.”

They speak of the media’s influence, and Gandy reiterates, “There are naturally thin girls and people say “Oh, she must be anorexic”, but that’s just not true. Some people are just physically thin. I’ve been with girls”, he pauses, and I hold my breath, thinking he’s going to delve into his romantic history, until he continues, “on shoots who eat more than me but are still wafer thin.”

I wonder if Gandy takes this relaxed approach to his physique, if he’s ‘just naturally’ an Adonis? “No, it’s not a natural physique. I work at it. If I’m training for a shoot I’ll work out maybe five times a week, if I’m just maintaining a plateau then maybe three or four.”

We move from models to modelling, a career which Bilmes stresses, “is a skill like any other. I think it’s a funny thing which most people don’t understand, and I don’t necessarily understand it either, but I can recognize it. People think it’s just someone so good looking they just stand there in the clothes and you can take a great picture of them but that’s not actually what it is. It’s difficult to describe because it’s not like being an actor or a doctor.”

Gandy interrupts, “It’s almost harder.” My feelings at this statement were probably something along the same lines as yours, but Gandy doesn’t mean this (I don’t think) literally. He stresses that modelling is just a combination of skills and practices very different from that of a more usual profession. “You have to take in what the magazine wants, what the client wants, what the photographer wants, and then you have to convey that in a second in a snapshot. It’s a very difficult thing to do, and some people absolutely physically cannot do that.”

I ask both men what advice they’d give an aspiring model or journalist and, surprisingly, their answers are the same: “perseverance.” Gandy acknowledges, “one photographer might not like you, one agency might not like you, one production firm might not like you - but someone probably will. It’s just a matter of patience and perseverance and being realistic at the end of the day. And you need someone to believe in you.”

Gandy is very aware of how much he owes to his agency, Select Model Management, and the people there who have always believed in him. Bilmes echoes this sentiment, “You have to take the knocks and ride out [the unsuccessful years]. We’re the same as anyone in that we needed a break.”

I can’t help but wonder how important they think it is to get that elusive ‘lucky break’, especially for people graduating into an economy looking pretty bleak in terms of career prospects. Bilmes is firm on this subject, “Luck’s what you make of it. Plenty of people get opportunities and blow them, or ignore them, or don’t even know that they’re there.”

Gandy quotes one of his favourite sayings, “There’s no such thing as luck. There’s a well-prepared man waiting for an opportunity.” He continues, “If you’re not prepared for it and that opportunity comes along and you ruin it then that’s your own fault and you cant blame anyone else.” So that’s it then, I think, persist for long enough and we’ll all make it? Bilmes is quick to correct me, “Oh, and then you have to work really, really hard. You just do.”

The two men have to head back to London and as we shake hands I notice Gandy looking at first my eyes (swoon), and then my shoes (shit. Uggs. That’s probably a fashion faux pas), and I remember, “What’s the third thing you look at?” They laugh and Bilmes jokes, “My own shoes, just to make sure they’re better.”

Source: Cherwell.org

Friday, November 23, 2012

Burlington Arcade's Christmas Lights Switch-on 2012


David Gandy and Sarah Ann Macklin attended the Burlington Arcade's Christmas Lights Switch-on, on Nov 22, 2012 in London.










David Gandy 
with Bill Nighy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

David Gandy covers '10 Magazine' (Winter/Spring 2012/13)

Special thanks to our colleague Melissa for these UHQ scans in exclusive for DjG.com.   



David Gandy Covers '10 Magazine'  for their Winter/Spring 2012/13, photographed by Paul Wetherell.










Interview




There would be no David Gandy the model, if not for daytime television. Richard & July. And there were would be no David Gandy the supermodel, if not for D&G. He has basically been “discovered” twice. Which is quite an achievement. It’s hard enough to be discovered one, let alone twice. And also to then be crowned the male equivalent of Naomi Campbell. Which he was. His super status was cemented at the London Olympics’ closing ceremony this summer, when his face graced the side of his very own truck as a symbol of all that is great about British Fashion.

We should probably add that he was there in the flesh, too, but it’s not every day that your face graces a moving vehicle. Unless you’re David Gandy. He gets to grace other things as well, such as buildings, and 6ft billboards in Times Square, and the has even had books devoted to his beauty. Dolce & Gabbana Books. He’s fine, fine, super-fine boy.

Natalie Dembinska: How are you?
David Gandy: I’m okay. Glad to be back

ND: What side of the bed did you get up this morning?
DG: The left

ND: How tall are you?
DG: Six three

ND: What size shoe do you wear?
DG: Seven and a half

ND: What other measurements can you give us?
DG: Inside leg? Thirty-four

ND: If you took us on a date, how would you woo us?
DG: I’d buy you a piña colada

ND: Who’s your ideal woman?
DG: Someone who makes me laugh

ND: Do you prefer blondes or brunettes?
DG: As long as they make me laugh I’m easy

ND: What are your grooming secrets? Do you exfoliate?
DG: No

ND: Do you have any brothers? Are they as attractive?
DG: Just an older sister and, yes, she is attractive

ND: What would you be doing if you weren’t a model?
DG: Tough question. I would have loved to be a motoring journalist

ND: What does your mum think of your career?
DG: She’s very supportive

ND: Are you a supermodel?
DG: No

ND: Would you get out on bed for less than $10000?
DG: Yes, I do every morning

ND: Would you ever star in a George Michael video?
DG: Only if he did a remake of Freedom

ND: Do you get recognized in the street a lot?
DG: Yes

ND: Do you like it? Do people come up to you and ask you for your autograph?
DG: I appreciate anyone coming up and asking. I try to be chatty and give them as much time as I can

ND: Have you ever had a stalker?
DG: Yes

ND: Oh God, that’s horrible. Sorry. I wasn’t expecting that answer. How may covers have you been on?
DG: I think I’ve shot my 15th

NG: This year?
DG: Yes

ND: Wow. Any top tips for getting the perfect six-pack?
DG: I haven’t got one, so I wouldn’t have a clue

ND: Do you read your press? Do you have an album of your press clippings?
DG: Yes

ND: What’s the secret of your success?
DG: There’s a saying I have always believed in, which is, “There’s no such thing as luck. Just well-prepared man waiting for an opportunity”

ND: How many times a day do you look in the mirror?
DG: I’m getting older, so I try to avoid it

ND: Do you have a signature walk?
DG: Errr, no. Not that I know of

ND: What do you put I your hair? It looks so shiny and soft. How do you get it like that?
DG: Does it? The secret is Larry King. The hairdresser. He is the secret.

ND: Do you collect anything?
DG: Watches and cars

ND: What turns you on? What are you into right now?
DG: What turns me on? My goodness me. I would have to say interior design

ND: Would that be a new career move, then? Interior design? Post modelling?
DG: I’d love to do that as a career, to be honest. I’m always looking for antiques and things like that, so…

ND: What’s next? What do you have planned?
DG: My fitness application – iPhone, android application – is being releaseds in the next two weeks

ND: Is that a follow-on from your how-to-get-dressed app? Your David Gandy Style Guide for Men app?
DG: The ‘how to get dressed put left leg in left hole not right’ [app]. It’s a separate application, but there is a David Gandy style app and a David Gandy fitness application

ND: What’s your breakfast of champions?
DG: Scrambled eggs and cup of coffee

ND: What’s your star sign?
DG: Pisces

ND: Do you gamble? If so, do you win?
DG: Yes. About 50-50

ND: Who’s your favourite pin-up?
DG: My favourite pin-up? Man or woman?

ND: Man and woman
DG: Man, Paul Newman. Woman, I have no idea – Michelle Pfeiffer

ND: Do you have any tattoos?
DG: No

ND: What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?
DG: Oh my God. The best would probably be one of the D&G parties

ND: What was the first lie you ever told? Have you ever told a lie?
DG: Yes, I tell lies all the time. I can’t remember the first one. Oh, I can, I can actually remember it. It was at school, we were all starting out on out first day at school, and I pulled the chair away from this guy called Tommy and he sat down on the floor and the teacher asked me if I did it and I said no. So that was the first lie

ND: Tell me something about yourself nobody else knows
DG: That’s one I can’t answer. I haven’t got a clue. If anything I’m a bit of loner in life. I like to keep a secret a secret. I’m quite private

ND: What would you say are the essentials to becoming a famous model?
DG: Humble. Be humble

ND: Is there anything you would like to do but never seen to have the time to do?
DG: Millions of things. Probably have a family at this moment

ND: Have you ever visited a medium?
DG: I have for a joke, yes

ND: Was it a good prediction?
DG: She said I had a curse

ND: Did she tell you what kind of curse?
DG: No…

ND: How would you like to be remembered in the future?
DG: Probably as quite humble and someone who has given back with my charities

ND: Who would you be stuck on a desert island with?
DG: Someone with a boat

ND: Or a bottle for a message
DG: Exactly

ND: Have you ever used sex to further your career?
DG: NO

ND: Would you?
DG: No

ND: Are you demanding?
DG: Yes

ND: Do you find that models get jealous of each other?
DG: Yes

ND: Are you psychic? Have you ever predicted anything?
DG: Well, they say Pisces are wise owls who can predict what’s going to happen. I think I like to put stuff out there in the universe and hope it happens and positive thinking. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012


David Gandy and Sarah Ann Macklin, attended the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars and Coats Gala 2012 held at Battersea Evolution in London last night (Nov 08, 2012). Battersea Dogs & Cats home is one of the U.K.'s most beloved animal charities. The gala was held in order to raise awareness for the home auctioning dog coats, collars and leads. The stars of the night were the dogs who modeled creations made by top British designers. Over 100K was raised!





Behind The Scenes 




Gala 2012






David Gandy said to London24.com: “I’m really pleased to join Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on their biggest night of the year at the Collars and Coats Gala Ball. In my role as ambassador for the Home, I have a vested interest in helping to make sure they raise much-needed funds to care for the thousands of animals that come through their doors every year.
“It’s also an honour to be hosting the dogwalk as it brings together the two loves of my life – fashion and animals. I hope the dogs enjoyed taking part - the designers did a wonderful job for them.”



He revealed to Msn.com his heart-warming theory about why British people adore their pets.
'We’re quite a stiff upper lip nation, we can be stand-offish and not very huggy like other nations, but to our animals we’re very different. It comes out in us in our animals – we’re crazy about them! They bring out our inner love.'
And finally, he also revealed he's a massive softie when it comes to dogs, especially in films and books!
'I read Marley and Me on a plane. I actually finished it on a plane… I think they had to help me out for a while and give me oxygen, I was terrible! I was in such a state.'
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