Monday, February 25, 2013

David Gandy & Bianca Balti at D&G MFW Womenswear F/W 2013

David Gandy and Bianca Balti attended one of the most prestigious catwalks, Dolce & Gabbana Womenswear F/W 2013, during Milan Fashion Week on February 24, 2013.
This incredibly looking duo are teaming up for the third installment of D&G's light blue campaign (#1, #2), to be released this summer,  and will be shot again by the extraordinary Mario Testino.














Wednesday, February 20, 2013

David Gandy: Vogue Festival

On Sunday April 28, 2013 David Gandy will be part of a debate on body image during the Vogue Festival. The forum he will be participating in is called Too Fat, Too Thin...Will We Ever be Content. Host of this debate will be Vogue editor-at-large Fiona Golfar and other participants are Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, journalist and Vogue contributing editor Christa D'Souza, and others. If you live in the U.K. don't miss this opportunity to see David Gandy up close. For tickets and information please visit these links: Vogue Festival Tickets & South Bank Centre

Update: All the tickets have been sold out
Source: Vogue UK

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Happy Birthday 2013 and Best Wishes to David James Gandy


Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear David
Happy Birthday to You.

From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with you,
And happiness too.



And...since we're not going to match Marylin's iconic version of Happy Birthday in 1962 to John F. Kennedy, nor will there be a video of us singing it to you either. We will leave the karaoke version where it belongs and leave it all up to your imagination on how we sound singing it to you.

Since turning 33 only happens once in your lifetime, for us at DjG it's our second online birthday. We Congratulate the ONE who this site is dedicated to.

Instead of recreating what we would sound like, think of this as your fans singing your praises in their best Marilyn voice:

  1. Congratulations on being named number one British male model and the only one global model
  2. Congratulations on achieving what no other male model has been able to achieve and doing it in a way where you  stay true to yourself.
  3. Instead of a congratulations I'll use this as a thank you...Thank You for just being you.
  1. Tnx David for be so Awesome with your fans
  2. Tnx David for working with Mariano V ( top)
  3. Tnx David for your sense of style
  4. Tnx David for be yourself in the Fashion world (that s hard)
  5. Tnx David for be so smart..
  6. Tnx David for your blog :)
  7. Tnx David for the 18 cover of the last year and all the next cover
  8. Tnx David for your autograph
  9. Tnx David for be You !!
  10.  Happy b.day david.. best wishes
Thank you:
  1. For your impeccable sense of style
  2. For showing us, through your charities, how to become more involved with things that matter
  3. For giving us something hot, sexy, handsome, mind-numbingly good-looking to look at!
  4. A special thanks to mum and dad Gandy, for bringing such a wonderful person into the world
  5. For appearing so humble and gracious in regards to all your success – you’ve earned it all and more!
  6. For showing of all your ASSets – we appreciate it!
  7. For hopefully continuing to model for many more years to come
  8. For your blog on Vogue – the opportunity to be allowed insight into any part of your life is priceless to your fans
  9. For your smile that can brighten any day
  10. And most importantly, for being sooo amazing to us fans – you don’t know how much you replying to our messages and comments mean to us!!
  1. We would like thank you for constantly sharing with fans
  2. Congratulations on as fantastic job you do as Ambassador to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
  3. Super fantastic model
  4. Congratulations also on The Blue Steel Charity Fantastic work
  5. We would love to see you as Gideon Cross/Gabriel Emerson
  6. Thank you for your amazing naked shoots :)
  7. You are the only face for D&G
  8. Congratulations for getting that amazing car. Happy miles
  9. Thank you for sharing your Fitness techniques with us
  10. Pin ultimate we want you as the new ‘James Bond’

So, after all the congratulations and thanks we thought, what can we possibly give him as a gift??
 …
… still thinking ...

Light bulb over the head moment!

We remembered how many fictional characters David has been attached to over the years. But as 95% of them being from romance novels, we would have to select a person that fans would agree represents us. … Let’s be honest, that is a Mission: Impossible :D

Therefore, we opted on his fellow countryman, the most famous British secret agent in the world. We've made a video just for you, of all of your best catwalk moments, to the music of the sixth James Bond installment, On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) by The John Barry Orchestra.

We hope you enjoy this video, David. We wish you all the best in this new year and hopefully we can continue being part of the enigma that is David Gandy.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Wonderful Maturity of Brand Ambassador David Gandy


Translation by Melissa Feijoo-Viro for DjG.com

This wonderful and playful interview was conducted by GQ Spain on the day that Johnnie Walker Blue Label launched its collaboration with new brand Ambassador David Gandy.




He will be turning 33 years old as the new brand ambassador of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. He invited us to the party and of course we went.

This encounter took place in three of London's most sophisticated atmospheres, a few days away  from his 33rd birthday. This Brit, who also looks highly mediterranean and who imagined himself a veterinarian but who ended becoming one of the most important male models of the 2000's. This reunion ( the paths of Gandy and GQ have crossed on several occasions) was prompted as a response to an invitation by this illustrious son of Essex: " I was appointed Ambassador of Johnnie Walker Blue Label - undoubtedly the most exclusive (and expensive) of how many bottles have left the house that Alexander Walker founded in 1867- I would like to share it with you." Heathrow Terminal 5 London, here we are again.

1. DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE: THE INTERVIEW

After twelve years of an unstoppable career, David Gandy enters the Dean Street Townhouse suite - the hotel of the moment- loaded with bags with luxury brand names and preceded by an entourage: agent, publicist and a life long friend, ready to defend their brand ambassador to the hilt. So at 1 meter 88 centimeters, black hair, blue eyes and an irresistible smile he tells us, " It did not take me long to accept this request. I like working with premium companies and Johnnie Walker is one of the best, with great branding." Later I confess that I've always liked whiskey, especially after watching Don Draper drinking it nonstop in every episode of Mad Men. " Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the whiskey that my friends and I always aspired to drink." He admits by accident ( his university housemates sent his picture to a modeling contest without his knowledge) that he contributed to global warming by staring alongside Anna Jagodzinska, for the iconic advert for Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue...David, Anna, Capri, the sea, a drifting boat, two tight white swim suits and the heat of summer gave way to the success. It solidified a before and after for David...and for the advertising of perfumes.

GQ: Do you like interviews? Do you feel comfortable with the media?
David Gandy: It's necessary in light of what I do. I like talking about what I do, my profession because sometimes I have the feeling that there is a gap between my work and the people. Fashion is something far away, something elitist and intangible, so I think that the media contact is a good way to approach people.

GQ: Do you like the world of fashion or is it simply a way of life for you?
DG: I honestly like it. It is true that in fashion you can come across very pretentious people, but at the end of the day it occurs in life itself; there is always a time when you choose who you want contact with and with who you don't. I think it's interesting that we make people see that the whole of the fashion industry is not that way.

GQ: What's your take on your collaborations with GQ and Vogue UK?
DG: Brilliant! Last night, about one o'clock, I updated my blog in Vogue, Comic Relief and High Flying, I usually do it on Friday's. People have fun reading what I write about. I love the immediacy you get with writing on the internet. With GQ I collaborate occasionally when I test drive a car, I love the world of motoring. For me it is an honor that Vogue and GQ count on me, having these two toold to reach people is great.

GQ: Are you ever afraid that your Twitter or Facebook can get out of hand?
DG: Of course. I use Facebook  often because I think it is a social network where you really have control. People can follow my career daily and it is usually me me who updates the profile and replies to comments. Twitter is very different, when I need to inform myself on something say fashion, cars or anything else I go to an expert. What I do not understand is when people use social media to talk about their private life. My private life is mine and mine alone and I never publish a photo that had nothing to do with my career.

2: ANNABEL'S: THE COCKTAILS

It is time to take the helm and David Gandy opens the doors to one of the most exclusive private clubs in London, Annabel's ( Berkeley Square 44). Pomp, pageantry and fabulous Blue Label cocktails. "By the way, David, what is luxury for you? ' Time is the greatest  luxury in the world and it has nothing to do with success or fame'", he says. Like the huge magnet that he is, a superpower that assumes and manages with perfection, Gandy attracts everyone's attention, absolutely everyone's. Attention question "Being one of the most attractive men in the world, does it cause any problems? ' Yes, it happens that the expectations around you become so high that sometimes you feel compelled  to lie  to not dismantle the myth and the means a lot of pressure. I'm use to people commenting on my lips or how I dress, but it's my job and in reality it does not bother me to hear what people think whether positive or negative.'" Another Blue Label, please.

GQ: Int two weeks you will be 33 years old, did you ever think you would make it this far?
(Answers with a funny look of horror)
DG: Honestly, no. I started building my career, to direct it for real, about five or six years ago

GQ: Do you remember your first cover? Did you get emotional?
DG: Mmmm...I'd say it was Attitude. The truth is that I am not sentimental with those things. On the contrary, I'm super critical of everything everything I do. In general, everyone tends to tell you you did amazing, but you don't have to believe them. I force myself to be critical of everything I do, What did I do well? What did I do wrong? Where should I improve?

GQ: With age will Gandy perfect husband replace the Gandy super sexy?
DG: HA HA HA! I hope not! The image of everyman is transformed over time and I hope that in my case it is to get better. I hope to become more like one of those classic looking men, very masculine that improve over time. I don't think that fits the description of a good boy or perfect husband.

GQ: Is the film world loosing out on a possible great actor?
DG: Could be. Many actors are also entering the world of fashion and doing campaigns for brands, such as Brad Pitt for Chanel. It is true that I have received a script, but for the moment I'm good with what I'm doing; perhaps in the future I will study a script carefully and of course I would have to thoroughly prepare, we'll see.

3: THE IVY: DINNER AND CONFESSIONS

When you've spent much of the 80's dancing to hits by Duran Duran, like A View to A Kill, having dinner face to face with Simon Le Bon can block you concentration a little at first. Gandy breaks the ice. We are in The club, the priciest of the priciest, The Ivy ( 9 West Street) and we are joined by other friends like the future Hobbit Luke Evans, the former OC actress Mischa Barton, top model Yasmin Le Bon and other celebrities on this side of the Thames.

GQ: Speaking of celebrities, can we say that Mariano Vivanco is the photographer that best understands you?
DG: There are two photographers that have understood me best, Mariano Vivanco and of course Mario Testino. They are very similar, they make people look beautiful, prefer natural light, enjoy their work and succeed in having you enjoy it as well. It is essential to trust the photographer with whom you work with and I fully trust on Mario & Mariano.

GQ: Out of curiosity, if you invite me for tea at your home will I find the coffee table book by Dolce & Gabbana in the living room?
DG: HA HA HA, YES! I have one in the living room signed by Domenico and Stefano. Well, actually, I still have three books since I've donated the other to charities.

GQ:  What are you most proud of David Gandy?
DG: I guess to have succeeded beyond my work as a model, to have been able to convert my name, my image into a brand...my own brand. It became clear to me five years ago and I think I have achieved it. After all, that's what it's all about, no? Make yourself greater and to be proud of your accomplishments..with a clear conscience.


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Cumple 33 años jurando el cargo de brand ambassador de Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Nos invitó al acto y, claro, fuimos.

Este encuentro tuvo lugar en tres ambientes londinenses very sophisticated en torno al día del 33 cumpleaños de David Gandy, ese británico altamente mediterráneo que se imaginó de veterinario pero acabó convertido en uno de los más importantes modelos masculinos de los años 00. El presente reencuentro (los caminos de Gandy y GQ se han cruzado ya en varias ocasiones) estuvo motivado como respuesta a una invitación de este preclaro hijo de Essex: "Me nombran embajador de Johnnie Walker Blue Label –sin duda, la más exclusiva (y expensive) de cuantas botellas han salido de la casa que Alexander Walker fundase en 1867–. Me gustaría contar con vosotros". Heathrow. Terminal 5. London, here we are again.

1. DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE: LA ENTREVISTA

Tras 12 años de carrera imparable, David Gandy entra en la suite del Dean Street Townhouse –hotel del momento– cargado de bolsas con firmas de lujo y precedido de un entourage de nivel: agente, publicista y amiga-de-toda-la-vida; tres inglesas de libro dispuestas a defender a su brand ambassador a capa y espada. Por lo demás: 1 metro 88 centímetros, pelo negro-tupé, mirada azul-disección y sonrisa nuclear desarmante. "No tardé demasiado en aceptar este encargo. Me gusta trabajar con firmas premium y Johnny Walker es una de las grandes, con una imagen de marca estupenda. Y luego, lo confieso, siempre me ha gustado el whisky, más aún después de ver a Don Draper bebiéndolo sin parar en cada capítulo de 'Mad Men'. Johnny Walker Blue Label es el whisky que mis amigos y yo siempre aspiramos a tomar", afirma este maniquí por accidente (sus colegas le apuntaron a un concurso de modelos sin él saberlo) que tanto contribuyó al calentamiento global al protagonizar, junto a la carnal Anna Jagodzinska, el anuncio de Light Blue, el icónico perfume de Dolce & Gabbana… David, Anna, Capri, el mar, un bote a la deriva, dos bañadores blancos ajustados y el calor del verano dieron forma al éxito. Significó un antes y un después para David… y para la publicidad de perfumes.

GQ: ¿Te gustan las entrevistas? ¿Te sientes cómodo con los medios de comunicación?
David Gandy: Es algo necesario teniendo en cuenta a lo que me dedico. Me gusta hablar de lo que hago, de mi profesión, porque a veces tengo la sensación de que hay un abismo entre entre mi trabajo y la gente. La moda puede resultar algo muy lejano, algo elitista e intangible, por eso creo que el contacto con los medios viene bien para acercarse a la gente.

GQ: ¿Te gusta el mundo de la moda o no es más que una forma de vida para ti?
D.G.: Me gusta de verdad. Es cierto que en la moda te puedes topar con personas muy pretenciosas; pero al fin y al cabo, ocurre como en la vida misma: siempre hay un momento en el que eliges con quién quieres relacionarte y con quién no. Además creo que es interesante que hagamos ver a la gente que no toda la industria de la moda es así.

GQ: ¿Qué tal llevas tus colaboraciones con GQ y Vogue UK?
D.G.: ¡Genial! Anoche mismo, sobre la una de la madrugada, actualicé mi blog en Vogue –Comic Relief and Flying High–, suelo hacerlo todos los viernes. A la gente le divierte leer lo que escribo. Me fascina la inmediatez que te da escribir en Internet. Con GQ colaboro de vez en cuando probando coches, me fascina el mundo del motor. Para mí es un honor que cabeceras como Vogue y GQ cuenten conmigo, disponer de estas dos herramientas para llegar a la gente es algo grande.

GQ: ¿No te da miedo que Twitter o Facebook se te puedan ir de las manos?
D.G.: Claro. Uso Facebook a menudo porque creo que es una red social en la que realmente tienes el control. La gente puede seguir mi carrera a diario y suelo ser yo quien actualiza el perfil y contesta a algunos comentarios. Twitter es muy diferente, cuando quiero informarme de algo… ya sea moda, de coches o cualquier otro tema acudo a un experto. A quien no entiendo es a la gente que utiliza las redes sociales para hablar de su vida privada. Mi vida privada es mía y sólo mía y jamás publicaré una foto que no tenga que ver con mi ámbito profesional.

2. ANNABEL'S: LOS CÓCTELES

Llega la hora de formalizar el juramento y David Gandy nos abre las puertas de uno de los clubes privados más exclusivos de Londres, el Annabel's (en el 44 de Berkeley Square). Pompa, boato y grandes combinados a base de Blue Label. Por cierto, David, ¿qué es el lujo para ti? "El tiempo es el mayor lujo del mundo y no tiene nada que ver con el éxito o la fama", apunta. Como inmenso imán que es –superpoder que asume y maneja a la perfección–, Gandy atrae todas las miradas, absolutamente todas. Atención, pregunta: ¿ser uno de los hombres más guapos del mundo conlleva algún tipo de problema? "Sí, ocurre que las expectativas en torno a ti llegan a ser tan altas que en ocasiones te sientes obligado a mentir para no desmontar el mito; y eso supone mucha presión. Estoy acostumbrado a que la gente comente sobre mis labios o sobre cómo voy vestido. Pero es mi trabajo y en realidad no me molestare escuchar lo que la gente piensa, sea positivo o negativo.". Otro Blue Label, por favor.

GQ: En dos semanas cumples 33 años, ¿pensaste alguna vez que llegarías tan lejos?
(Contesta poniendo una divertida mueca de horror…).
D.G.: Lo cierto es que no. Digamos que empecé a diseñar mi carrera, a dirigirla de verdad, hará cinco o seis años.

GQ: ¿Recuerda tu primera portada? ¿Te emocionaste?
D.G.: Mmm… Diría que fue con Attitude. La verdad es que no soy nada sensiblero para esas cosas. Al contrario, soy súper crítico con todo lo que hago. En general, todo el mundo tiende a decirte que lo que has hecho ha sido alucinante… pero no hay que creérselo. Me obligo a ser muy crítico con todo lo que hago: ¿qué he hecho bien? ¿qué he hecho mal? ¿dónde debo mejorar…?

GQ: Con la edad, ¿irá el Gandy-marido-perfecto desplazando al Gandy-súper-sexy?
D.G.: ¡Ja, ja, ja! ¡Espero que no! La imagen de todo hombre se va transformando con el paso del tiempo, y espero que en mi caso sea para ir a mejor. Espero hacerme mayor como uno de esos hombres de aspecto clásico, muy masculino, que mejoran con el paso del tiempo. No creo que encaje en la descripción de chico-bueno o marido-perfecto.

GQ: ¿El cine se está perdiendo a un posible estupendo actor?
D.G.: Podría ser. Muchos actores están también entrando en el mundo de la moda y haciendo campañas para marcas, como Brad Pitt para Chanel. Es cierto que me ha llegado algún guión, pero de momento estoy bien haciendo lo que hago; quizá en un futuro estudie con detenimiento algún guión pero, claro, también tendría que prepararme a fondo. Ya veremos.

3. THE IVY: CENA Y CONFIDENCIAS

Cuando te has pasado gran parte de la década de los 80 bailando hitazos de Duran Duran, del tipo 'A View to a Kill', encontrarte cenando frente a Simon Le Bon puede bloquearte un poco al principio. Gandy rompe el hielo. Nos encontramos en The Club, el reservado carisísimo del carisísimo The Ivy (9 West Street) y nos acompañan otros amigos, como el futuro hobbit Luke Evans, la ex 'O.C.' Mischa Barton, la top Yasmin Le Bon y otras celebridades a este lado del Támesis.

GQ: Ya que hablamos de celebridades: ¿podríamos decir que Mariano Vivanco es el fotógrafo que mejor te ha entendido?
D.G.: Son dos los fotógrafos que mejor me han entendido: Mariano Vivanco y, por supuesto, Mario Testino. Son muy parecidos. Ambos hacen que la gente se vea bella, prefieren la luz natural, disfrutan con su trabajo y logran que tú también lo hagas. Es esencial que confíes en el fotógrafo con el que has de trabajar, y yo confío plenamente en Mario y en Mariano.

GQ: Una curiosidad, ¿si me invitases a tomar un té en tu casa me encontraría tu coffee table book by Dolce & Gabbana en la sala de estar?
D.G.: ¡Ja, ja, ja! ¡Sí! Tengo uno en el cuarto de estar de casa firmado por Domenico y Stefano. Bueno, en realidad aún me quedan tres libros ya que he donado algunos para obras de caridad.

GQ: ¿De qué se siente más orgulloso David Gandy?
D.G.: Supongo que de haber triunfado más allá del trabajo como modelo, de haber convertido mi nombre, mi imagen, en una marca… mi propia marca. Lo tuve claro hace cinco años y creo que lo he conseguido. Después de todo se trata de eso ¿no? De hacerte mayor y sentirte orgulloso de lo conseguido… con la conciencia tranquila.

Fuente: RevistaGQ.com (Publicado originalmente el día 12 de Febrero de 2013)

David Gandy and Johnnie Walker Blue Label Partnership Launch

Last night, February 5, 2013, David Gandy attended a party at Annabels in London to celebrate his new partnership with Johnnie Walker Blue Label. In December of last year David was named the new brand ambassador for the famous whiskey label. For more information and pictures for this campaign please visit here: David Gandy named Brand Ambassador for Johnnie Walker Blue Label

With Mischa Barton

    With Laura Whitmore

 With Luke Evans
                                                    
With Amber LeBon and Oliver Chesire


 

With Rachel Barrett and a cute and lucky little Maltese

 With Yasmin Lebon and Masha Markova

Luke Evans, Mischa Barton, David Gandy & Yasmin Le Bon

Monday, February 11, 2013

David Gandy: International Women's Day

David Gandy is scheduled to participate on a panel during International Women's Day in London on March 8, 2013. He set to appear on the panel Chromosones XY- The Men Speak. They will be discussing the differences in how men and women communicate. Joining him in the discussion are Moderator June Sarpong MBE( WEI Co-founder & Broadcaster), Ozwald Boateng (Founder of Ozwald Boateng) & Peter Thum (Founder of Ethos Water & Fonderie47).  Tickets for this event can be purchased here: Wienetwork.co.uk

Friday, February 8, 2013

David Gandy for Massimo Dutti Spring 2013 Lookbook

David Gandy looks dashing in Spring casuals for the new Massimo Dutti's February Lookbook. The Spanish brand shows commitment to the traditional elegance personified by the renowned British model.