Friday, November 8, 2013

David Gandy Attends the BDCH Collars and Coats Gala Ball

This evening David Gandy attended the 2013 Collars and Coats Gala Ball benefiting Battersea Dogs and Cats Home held at Evolution in Battersea Park.The event is hosted by Amanda Holden and  host of the British TV show For the Love of Dogs,  Paul O'Grady. Guests on the red carpet were welcomed by the legendary and unique Battersea dog ‘guard of honour’, as around 50 of the charity’s dogs in need of new homes lined the way.

London’s foremost social gathering saw guests treated to an exclusive champagne cocktail reception and sumptuous three-course banquet, as their senses were dazzled by an evening of eclectic entertainment, emotive speeches and a luxurious, one-of-its-kind Auction of Dreams. The night's performances included The Rat Pack who recreated the sounds of legends Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and opera stars, Passionata.

Last night Best braved the cold weather (it's now officially Winter!) to catch up with the stars who were supporting Battersea Dogs And Cats Home at the annual Coats and Collars Gala Ball.

And we were left feeling a little hot under the collar when model David Gandy stopped to chat about taking in four-legged friends, working in LA and what it was like making the brand new M&S Christmas Ad.

Do you have your own dog?
No, I don't have my own dog - my schedule unfortunately won't allow it. But me and my family foster dogs. When the dogs aren't doing so well here at Battersea and need a little restbite we take them in for about 4-6 weeks until they're back on their feet and rejuvenated and then we find them a home.

Did you grow up around dogs?
Yes, I've always had them around me. I volunteered at a dog's centre when I was 15. I always wanted to be a vet, but my brain didn't want me to be a vet! So I've always wanted to do something to do with animals, so when it came to choosing my charities it was a no-brainer.

You've been in LA, what have you been doing?
Working unfortunately, modelling and a lot of meetings and ambassadorships. I'm working on some new brands out there.

You're in the M&S advert, have you ever bought anything from there?
I wear more M&S than anyone thinks. Their shirts and suits are great. People never believe my when I say I'm wearing M&S, I've had fashion experts open my jacket up and ask, "Have you sewn that label in there?"

How was it working with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Helena Bonham-Carter?
We had a laugh, you can't not have a laugh - did you see what we were dressed in? It was fun and magical. Those sets were actually there, so it wasn't CGI. We were in a huge forest and a magic carpet so we had a great time.

Are you keen to move into acting?
It's not something I immediately want to do. I think some models naturally go in to it. We get sent scripts to look at, but at the moment I'm in LA and here for three days at a time so I don't really have time. If the right project came along it would be really fun to do, but it's not something I'm going to aspire to.


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