Wednesday, October 30, 2013

David Gandy Attends the Grand Opening of Lucky Brand's New Beverly Hills Store

Last night October 29, 2013, Brand Ambassadors for Lucky Brand David Gandy and Missy Rayder were on hand to celebrate the new store opening in Beverly Hills, California. On display were two beautiful  portraits of David and Missy done by artist Thomas Garner. 





                                        With Melissa Cabot                 With Patrick Wade & Bill McComb
     With Patrick Wade and Jessica Lowndes
                                                  Courtesy of @LuckyBrand

                                With Artist Thomas Garner



Monday, October 28, 2013

Bid for a date with top model David Gandy

David Gandy, the world’s most in-demand male model, announced that he is putting himself up for auction to go on a one-on-one dogwalk with a fan to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Gandy, who is a patron of the charity, is one of a number of celebrity dog lovers who are taking part in the online auction, which goes live on October 31.

The auction is in support of the Battersea’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball, on November 7, to be hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady at Battersea Park's Evolution.

Gandy, 33, from Billericay, Essex, shot to fame as Dolce and Gabbana’s muse and face of the Light Blue fragrance 2007 ad campaign and is often referred to as the most beautiful man in the world.

He said: “I can often be found at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with the rescue dogs, visiting and helping out. As their Ambassador, I like to support however I can and to share this experience with someone and raise much needed funds at the same time, is a pleasure. Giving fans the chance to walk a Battersea dog with someone they would like to meet, is a great way to do this and lots of well known people have come together to make it happen.

The proud dog lover says that although he likes all animals, dogs are his favourite.

He said recently: “My love and admiration for dogs can and never will be denied. They’re my favourite creatures - and this from a person who has been within inches of gorillas, held baby orang-utans, swam with giant turtles and last year was a little too close for comfort to a pride of male lions".

“Don’t get me wrong - I see the tremendous appeal of cats. They fend for themselves, they are not dependent on us, they clean themselves, feed themselves and take themselves for walks. And I do love them, but for me the dog still comes out top, by a whisker.”

Claire Horton, chief executive at Battersea, said: “Walking a Battersea dog with David Gandy sounds like a dream come true and we can’t wait to reveal the other famous dog walkers who will be offering this incredible money can’t buy experience.

“I promise they’ll be in hot demand. The support from our amazing Ambassador and the many fantastic celebrity supporters who are passionate about Battersea is so crucial in helping raise awareness of the animals in our care.”


Battersea Dogs and Cats home costs more than £18 million a year to run. Last year nearly 9,000 dogs and cats needed the charity’s care and help to find them new homes.

Tickets for Collars & Coats Gala ball can be purchased by calling 020 7627 9309 and further information can be seen at collarsandcoats.org.uk

Source: Standard.co.uk

Saturday, October 26, 2013

'Supreme' (The Philippine Star) talks to international male model David Gandy

MANILA, Philippines - More than half a decade ago, when the fashion industry was all agog over the skinny and androgynous as the look of the moment, one model broke the mold. His muscular build changed the way people see male models. When that model came out in Dolce and Gabbana’s “Light Blue” campaign wearing nothing but skimpy white Speedos in all his well-buffed naked glory, he made history. Meet David Gandy.

From then on, his career has skyrocketed a thousand times. Magazine covers left and right, countless campaign endorsements, and even numerous industry awards. He is currently considered as one of the best -dressed men in the world and also recognized for his charity work worldwide.

David Gandy is the new face of SM Men’s Fashion, sharing the throne with Sarah Jessica Parker for SM Ladies. Supreme sits down with one of the world’s most successful male supermodels as he talks about style, social media, and why you should never follow trends. 

By  David Milan

Supreme: What was your first impression of the Philippines before coming here?

David Gandy: I didn’t know a huge amount about it. I read up on the history of the country before I came. What interests me is it seems to be, at one point, sort of invaded or taken over by everyone — by the Spanish, the English, the Japanese, and the Americans. Absolutely, there’s a mixture of everything. It’s a beautiful country. The beaches, hopefully the next time I’m back, I think I’m going see them for sure.

What can you say about Philippine fashion?

I have seen a little bit so far, snippets of it. I think it’s going through a lot of globalization so a lot of people are dressed the same as everywhere else in the world. So when I came to the Philippines, it’s quite a lot like everywhere else. Although the climate is astonishing here so you have to dress accordingly. There’s a lot of individualism happening, which I like. It’s nice to see people here with amazing outfits. I think it’s also because you can have them very quickly made here, which is interesting. Also, then SM men’s fashion, which I’ve seen a lot when we did the shoot and the show seems to cover a huge, huge expanse of some sort of classics to trendy.

How did the collaboration with SM start? What made you say yes?

They approached us. They approached my agency and we’ve been looking to expand in Asia, to expand my brand and make retail a lot more tangible globally. It might not be obvious for some people to come to the Philippines, but Sarah Jessica Parker also did it with SM which I think is a good thing.

Growing up, did you ever have an awkward phase?

Yeah, I mean everyone does. I was 16 or 17 then and I was actually quite a little bit fatter than I should’ve been. And then I grew up. So yeah, there were awkward stages. It’s not like you just bloom right away. I think everyone now, younger guys and girls are much more interested in fashion. It’s easier for them since they have more access to the Internet. I mean, back then I was sporty. I dressed sporty and that was it, but you gradually adapt after sometime.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I consider everything I do as the best. With the mountain of stuff I do now, not one day is the same as the other. I get very bored very, very easily. You see one day I’m in the Philippines, then next time in London, then I’ll be doing my charity stuff, then I’ll be writing and then I’m off to LA. There’s not one day that’s the same. And I’m thankful for it.

What’s the most non-model trait about you?

A lot. For me, it’s a job. I’m more focused now on my branding as being a model. And, of course, with my branding, I’m sort of considered as a ”style icon” so you get scrutinized for what you wear every day. Every day becomes your business.

If you weren’t a model, what would you be?

Difficult to say so. It’s really impossible to look back. I majored in journalism in college and I’m glad I get to do writing now for GQ, The Telegraph, etc.

What inspires you?

Anything inspires me. I have always been quite driven. There’s a checklist in my head of things that I want to achieve. So, after modeling, there’s branding, and then I went to do charities. After that, there’s a certain amount of things as well. I did the races, the Mille Miglia Race, which is a thousand-mile race around Italy and I wanted to tick that one off the list and did just that. I also got my racing license last year. So, to keep expanding, I think you should have goals, so there’s always something to achieve next.

Who are your style icons?

My style icons are very old school. Paul Newman, Cary Grant, James Dean. I look back at history more than getting any sort of inspiration from trends or from the runway.

What’s your take on fast fashion?

People think that just because they’re buying a trend immediately, that’s fashion. They might not see that, but I think you have to be an individual and realize what works for you and what doesn’t. I think it’s about setting a trend and having the confidence to do that and moving away from the groups of people who dress the same. Personally, I’m not trend-driven. I do the exact opposite of what most people do.

Are you active in social media?

We’re active in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I think that is a major way to connect to the world. I have a team who helps me handle my accounts. I have three businesses and it’s inevitable so that we can expand the brand and be reached everywhere worldwide. But personally tweeting and all that, no I don’t do that.

What piece of clothing can’t you live without?

Suits, definitely.

What are the things you consider before signing to endorse a certain a brand like SM?

A collaboration really. It’s about the company. Not so much about the clothes because it can change very, very quickly. That can be changed just like that, but it’s the collaboration. It’s the vision of the company and where they want to take it and whether they’d like to collaborate over a long period.

What’s your most memorable experience as a model?

Many. I’ve been modeling for 13 years. This here now is a memorable experience. It’s my first time in Asia and to work with Asian wear — this is definitely one of them. There’s also the first shooting of Light Blue with Mario Testino and Dolce and Gabbana. I wouldn’t be here without it.

What legacy would you want to leave as a model?

As a model, it’s difficult to say. I think I’ve already probably done that. With modeling, I wanted to create an iconic image, an image that people will remember. That Light Blue image has become iconic. A lot from the fashion industry are trying to imitate that, trying to have the success we’ve had, which they haven’t yet. So yeah, I think I’ve done my part in the industry. I mean, personally I think after that, it’s with my charities, raising money for a lot of good causes.

How do you see yourself 10 years from now?

It’s impossible to say. Maybe less in front of the camera and quite more behind it. Maybe more creative directing and branding. No idea really. Maybe make my own clothing line. You never know. 

Source: Philstar.com

7 Minutes With David Gandy (Cosmopolitan Philippines)

International British supermodel David Gandy, the highest-paid male model, who's walked alongside Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell during the 2012 Summer Olympics, modeled for the SM Men's Fashion show on Thursday, October 24, at the SMX Convention Center.

Cosmo.ph sat down with the hot hunk for seven minutes (we wish we had more time!) to talk about his style icons, his get-fit secrets, and what he tells people who say he's just another good-looking guy.

By Sandra Pineda

On his bucket list:

"It changes because opportunities open. But I'd like to do some creative directing for fashion and branding—maybe come up with my own fashion brand. Acting isn't something I want to pursue. Maybe if the right project came along, I'd jump into it, but it hasn't so far."

On his style icons:

"I go back to history, really. I look at Hollywood greats like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, and Prince Charles, who are immacutely dressed all the time."

On five things in his closet he can't live without:

"A suit, t-shirts, sunglasses, shoes, and watches."

On his favorite model moment:

"It still is the Light Blue ad from Dolce & Gabbana. It's a shoot that you dream of, and I haven't had anything as big as that. I've always wanted to work with the best creatives, and create something pretty astonishing. I was on a speedboat with Mario Testino at 6:00 a.m., and that was the first time I'd worked with him. I felt a little intimidated."

On misconcepcions about models:

"God, there's a like a million of them. People think we're not intelligent, but hopefully I prove them wrong with what I do."

On saying yes to SM:

"I'm very choosy with the brands I represent. When SM Men's Fashion approached us, I looked at their history. I saw that they worked with Sarah Jessica Parker last year. I like the fact that SM makes fashion accesible for everyone. And that's what I try to do. I write about fashion in Telegraph, Vogue, and GQ. That's how I try to make fashion for everyone.

"I'm wearing SM's trousers and t-shirt right now. I stole these from the shoot yesterday, and everyone seems to love these trousers."

On his fitness secret:

"I'm not built for running—not long distances. But I have done a marathon, though. I get this question a lot, so I have the David Gandy Fitness app. It's all there."

Source: Cosmopolitan Philippines

Friday, October 25, 2013

David Gandy in Manila for SM Men's Fashion (PhFW)


On Oct 21, 2013 David Gandy landed in Manila, Philippines as the new face of SM Men's Fashion and for Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014. The week long event began on Wednesday, October 23 with a cocktail meet and greet with David in one of the halls of SMX Convention Center.




Oct 24, 2013.- Christine Babao from the Good Morning Club show in Manila asks David Gandy a few questions during the Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014's Press Conference at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.


  • After, he was kind enough to answer fan questions via twitter which could be followed livestream through the SM Men's Fashion's App on FB. But in case you missed it we bring to you the video with the transcript.
 

Question 1
DG: WOW! My, showpiece is a big word. It's quite strange I think one of my favorite pieces is still a Dolce & Gabbana suit that I bought even really before I started working  with Dolce & Gabanna. I needed a tuxedo and I bought this brown suede or brown velvet tuxedo, then years later I first started working with Dolce & Gabanna I wore this tuxedo and they said "is that ours?" Yeah I wore it before I worked  with you. I think there was only twelve made in the world and Stefano Gabanna had the same suit made for him as well. So, um, that's still special because for some reason, I think sometime when you put stuff out into the universe and your buying(?) you always want to wear Dolce and Gabanna and that came ahead with us working  together so that's still a special thing but I have so many suits now,it's my thing. I have so many Saville Row suits, bespoke. I only really have something if I'm going to an event or going to a big premier, a red carpet event for Dolce & Gabanna they dress me for that.

Question 2
DG: It's quite weird as a model and being in fashion all the comments are about your appearance, I think especially being a model so that's what people  comment on, so my favorite comments are the sort of, this year I started a charity,I started my own charity we raised about 250,000 pounds on our first initiative. Someone said to me "clearly you are more than just a pretty face" and actually sort of stuff like that is, a lot of people don't use their fame or status for the good of other people and I try to do that and a lot of other people do that, it's nice to be noticed when you do do it in some ways and you are trying to help others and the less fortunate. So, yeah really it was a nice compliment. We had the initiative straight away with comic relief, it's a big charity in the U.K. My charity is called Blue Steel Appeal I've got 3 or 4 charities so yeah we're looking instead of just doing 1 monthly sort of initiative to have something so it spreads out through the whole year so it kind of runs itself in many ways. Yeah it was a lot of work but worth it.

Question3
DG: If I could wear a three-piece suit everyday I'd wear a suit. I love suits, I love the tailoring(?) it;s very easy for me to put together,people think that's strange they find it so hard with the combinations but I don't. But staple, apart from that is probably a pair of trousers, t-shirts I own so many t-shirts. So plain t-shirts, jeans and a good pair of shoes and I've always have an expensive addiction to watched so their's always a different watch on my wrist.
I don't own sneakers, I don't own a pair of trainers apart form running. Sneakers are not something I own. I have a wide selection of brown shoes all shades and suedes and everything else so, um, yeah it depends on the outfit. It's funny I sometimes match my watch straps, my shoes and my belt.
Their pretty much monochrome colors in some ways, it's either a white a black or a grey it's nothing too adventurous. There might be a salmon in their for summer, a pink or a yellow or something very kind of pastel colors so nothing too adventurous and no logos or anything one of my pet hates is men wearing big logos and pictures on the front of their t-shirts. It's fine if your ten but when you're thirty-eight don't do it.

  • On Thursday, an interview with Bandila ABS-CBN was aired.


  • And David also participated in a Press Conference answering questions from the Filipino press at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City in an event hosted by Marc Nelson.


The Essex-born face of Dolce & Gabbana, among other brands, is credited for what The Guardian calls “the rebirth of a (quasi) beefcake ideal and the end of Size Zero man.” It is something David humbly recognises as he told the press about his favorite fashion experience — being on a boat with Mario Testino, shooting his first major campaign for Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue — describing it as a moment that changed the industry in terms of casting “fit male models.”


While it is no secret that David has been successful in his 13 years in fashion, he was keen to say that in order to last long in the industry one must be respectful of other people and have “a good mix [between] you and the agency” because “you have to work together.”



Known by street style lovers as well-dressed gentleman, he gives the audience the foundation of a good wardrobe, saying that every man should have a good suit, shoes (because women look at your shoes first), and a plain T-shirt.

Regarding his involvement with SM Men’s Fashion’s future, David says that there’s “a lot of scope of development” for the brand and that he is excited and happy to be part of it.
Source: Statusmagonline.com


  • The night ended with the SM Men's Fashion show where the public  enjoyed a behind the scenes video of the next SM Men's Fashion's Campaign with David.





  • Highlighting the show was his much-anticipated runway appearance to The Verve's 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' 


 




Friday, October 18, 2013

David Gandy in conversation with 'The Independent'

The Conversation: David Gandy on Richard and Judy, D&G, and being stared at by strangers 


The model from Essex prefers 'Mad Men' to 'Breaking Bad' - and 'Ray Donovan' is his favourite


Gandy: 'In Italy recently people were asking me to take off my sunglasses so they could look at my blue eyes. That's a bit strange.'




By Simon Usborne / The Independent

Who are you wearing?
I always like to try and push British brands and the brands I have contracts with, from Savile Row to M&S, and…

Yeah, but what about now?
Oh, right now? I'm wearing an American Apparel T-shirt, my staple, and some Lucky Brand jeans. Not the most glamourous, but I'm at home today.

You owe everything to Richard and Judy, right?
I suppose I do. A good 13 years ago. My friend entered me into a This Morning modelling competition without telling me. That's where it started.

How did the D&G 'hunk-in-trunks' campaign change things?
It was a defining moment, a bit like an actor with his first film. It changed everything but it also changed the industry. It really brought men back into fashion instead of the androgynous, skinny models.

Is there a rivalry between the two?
I'm not sure how they would fight it out! But, no, I think there's a nice balance. The bigger rivalry is with all the actors and sportsmen doing campaigns. Brands won't take a chance with a model any more.

Are people still surprised to hear you're from Billericay?
They're still surprised I'm even English! That's why we wanted the name of David Gandy to be out there – so I wasn't just known as the Mediterranean-looking guy in the white pants.

Do you ever feel objectified?
No. The D&G image wasn't shy, but I didn't go straight off and do more underwear. We wanted that to stand alone.

But does being looked at all the time get tiring?
In Italy recently people were asking me to take off my sunglasses so they could look at my blue eyes. That's a bit strange. I think Paul Newman said looking into eyes was like looking into a soul and that's why he wore sunglasses.

You go to every event and opening. Do you have a twin?
I don't go for the parties, but to support brands. I became the official face of the London Collections and went to 40-odd shows and events in the first season. I'm very happy to support British fashion.

What do you say to people who say they're just not interested in fashion?
I say, why are you wearing that this morning? They say, I like this jacket and I say, that's fashion – you've been influenced so you can't say you're not interested.

Are you ever tempted to let yourself go?
No! I indulge but always in moderation. We were at the Wolseley in London the other day and I ordered a sausage sandwich. I think they were surprised.

My colleague, who's nice, says she thinks you look a bit like Robbie Jackson from EastEnders.
That's not very original, is it?

Robbie is considered a heartthrob in some circles…
I don't really know who you're talking about.

Sorry.
It's OK.

So, Mad Men or Breaking Bad?
Definitely Mad Men. It'll be a sad day when it ends. Sopranos used to be my show and now it's Ray Donovan. It's about a guy who fixes everything for celebrities in Hollywood.

Would you do the Hollywood thing?
We get sent scripts and if the right thing came along I wouldn't say no, but I hardly have a minute to spare as it is.

Biography
David Gandy, 33, is a model from Essex who made his name in Dolce & Gabbana fragrance ads first shot by Mario Testino in 2007, before becoming a global ambassador for British men's fashion

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

David Gandy in VMAN Magazine #31

David Gandy appears in the latest fall/winter 2013 editorial in  VMAN magazine titled "Legends of the Fall". David's poignant and pensive black and white portrait appears alongside equally  artistic shots of fellow models Sean O'Pry, Aiden Andrews, Andres Velencoso Segura, Cole Mohr, Dylan Fosket, Mathias Lauridsen, Matthew Avedon, Tony Ward and Will Chalker. Photos by Joss Olins and styling by Jay Massacret.


Source: The Fashionisto

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Face to face with David Gandy (VIVA Magazine / NZ Herald)

He rose to fame wearing white Speedos in Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue ad campaign and now is the most successful male model of his generation. Andrew Glenn meets the impossibly handsome David Gandy who says modelling was never really his life’s goal.

By Andrew Glenn / The New Zealand Herald
David Gandy from the book: David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana. Photos / Mariano Vivanco



It's a stunning August day in London. Not a cloud in the sky, a perfect 25C. A serendipitous day to meet David Gandy, possibly the world's only true male supermodel whose chiselled looks have graced many an ad campaign, perhaps most famously for Dolce & Gabbana.

David and I have agreed to meet at the Covent Garden Hotel, long a haunt where local and international celebrities stay under the radar.

As he enters the stylishly low-key restaurant, the heads of four middle-aged women at a nearby table all turn in unison. Gandy has palpable star quality.

He is so impossibly handsome in the flesh it's like the human equivalent of a thoroughbred stallion, and a very well-dressed one at that. Wearing a flax-coloured Massimo Dutti raw linen blazer, a white American Apparel T-shirt, navy M&S skinny chinos and leather Chelsea boots, Gandy cuts a swathe through the hotel, more like a movie star than model.

Sitting down with him is overwhelming in terms of his physicality. As I stare at David's face I realise there's something akin to a Japanese Manga superhero; big, piercing blue, hexagonal-shaped eyes, close to the brow; long, prominent nose leading to a chiselled, square jawline that angles up to small, perfectly pulled-back ears.

At 191cm, he's taller than most models and up close - with his dark, almost black hair and bronzed olive complexion - he's like a live version of Michelangelo's Statue of David.

At a time of year in London where every other famous denizen has left for St Tropez, Ibiza or Mykonos, Gandy has stayed put. "I never really go away in August. Everyone gets out of London. It's lovely and quiet," he notes. "The weather's been spectacular this year and everyone else is in Ibiza. I've never really understood it.

Working with everyone in the fashion industry for 365 days and then they all go to Ibiza together, it's a bit of a nightmare, to be honest. That's like work to me. I don't want to see or know anyone!"

Some of you may not know Gandy, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, then I only ask you to recall the image of Gandy in nothing but a skimpy pair of white Speedos canoodling a willing siren on a small dinghy off Capri circa 2006.

Filmed and photographed by Mario Testino, the Light Blue fragrance campaign catapulted Gandy into a fashion pantheon which, until then, had been crowned only by the likes of Kate, Naomi and Cindy. With a 50-foot billboard of Gandy in New York's Times Square, the campaign earned more than 11 million online hits and, suffice to say, there were plenty of women, and certainly some men, who wished they were on board that dingy off Capri.

It was the powerful Milanese design duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who gave Gandy's career a seismic shift. "My agency, Select, orchestrated for me to be at this party I shouldn't have been at," he jokes, deigning him to meet the couple, who were immediately drawn to his statuesque, Italianate look. The rest, as they say, is history.

"I was much bigger than most models. I was tan while everyone was pale and skinny," says Gandy. It was a time when Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme ruled the runways with pale and super-thin physiques, making the "male waif" the industry standard. But Gandy's image in his skivvies sent a lightning bolt into the business of men's fashion.

At the time Testino said, "David has something of what the 80s supermodels had. He radiates health and positivity. I think he has what it takes to be very big. It's exciting because it signifies a real shift in men's fashion. The male model world is changing."

Gandy recalls, "That look [mail waif] never appealed to me. I'm a pretty normal guy, and if it didn't appeal to me who was it going to appeal to? I would go to some castings and couldn't get the trousers beyond my knee. There was something wrong about that.

There was me with what I thought was a healthy body but I couldn't fit the clothes the fashion industry wanted me to fit."


Two years ago, Dolce & Gabbana published a 280-page photographic tome solely dedicated to Gandy and all his handsome glory, and earlier this year they commissioned Testino to shoot a third instalment of the Light Blue campaign. If there was any question as to his role as the world's first male supermodel, Gandy featured in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics alongside Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson, Georgia May Jagger, Karen Elson and Stella Tennant.

Gandy explains to me that earlier in the summer he spent three days being pelted by rain and stones in a car race known as the Mille Miglia. His co-pilot? Yasmin Le Bon, a "super" in her own right and the wife of Duran Duran frontman Simon.

With Gandy at the wheel the couple took a 1950 Jaguar XK120 through nearly 200 Italian towns from Brescia to Rome and back. "I couldn't find anyone to go do it with me, probably on account of my driving," he says with a chuckle. "At a party, over a couple glasses of champagne, I convinced [Le Bon] to come with me."

Over the next hour that I'm with Gandy, it's soon clear that he has a passion for cars and knows a lot about them. In addition to writing a monthly column for British GQ magazine, he is restoring a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL in anthracite grey with a burgundy leather interior.

"My parents had no interest in cars whatsoever, they were something to get from point A to B," he says, explaining that it was a childhood obsession with car magazines that fuelled his adult fixation. "I'm a complete nut when it comes to cars, it's a real hobby."

Being "tall, dark and handsome" one might assume Gandy is in fact Italian- or Mediterranean-born, but he was born in Billericay, Essex, and had no intention of getting into modelling until his university flatmates entered him into a competition in 1991 without his knowledge. He won a contract with Select Model Management in London, which still represents him today.

Although modelling was never his life goal, today he is the most successful male model of his generation. But he's no fool, and well aware of modelling's shelf life.

"You'd have to be pretty narrow minded to think that modelling lasts forever. You've got to be clever and brand yourself. Look at Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford. I look at Ashton Kutcher, he's been a very astute investor in Spotify and Twitter," he says.

Having worked with the likes of photographers Testino and Steven Klein, and featured in campaigns for hundred of brands, Gandy is going outside the camera lens to keep busy. Not only does he write for GQ but also Men's Health magazine where he has a fitness column; he also has an ambassadorial role for the British Fashion Council. He is currently working on a collaboration with Marks & Spencer.

Could Gandy be a tycoon next? He has a major stake in Wheyhey Ice Cream, a UK brand made from protein and free of sugar and e-numbers. "When you hear 'protein' people shy away thinking it's something for body builders or Arnold Schwarzenegger," he says. "The amount of crap we have in our diet with processed food is crazy. I don't expect people to go cold turkey. It's about eating healthily and Wheyhey is something that is good for you and tastes great."

When he's not busy, Gandy likes to ski or travel to remote places far from the fashion pack. "I was trekking with gorillas in Uganda and I could feel my cellphone vibrating in my backpack," he laughs, explaining how he now prefers Botswana, where there's no mobile roaming. "You realise the world does go on without your phone."

He has plans to visit New Zealand with his parents in 2014. That's not to say he hasn't enjoyed Kiwi hospitality before, explaining that Air New Zealand is one of his favourite airlines and one he frequents on the London to Los Angeles sector.

"It's a great airline. The service is impeccable. I once had a wine tasting in the LA lounge and got on the plane very, very happy."


NEED TO KNOW
Fashion advice?
"Looking at what is best for you. I think too many people just want to follow and not be individual."

Essential items for the modern man?
"A great suit, a great pair of shoes. Mix a cheap T-shirt, with something expensive. Accessorise it. A good watch is crucial."

Style icons?
"Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant."

Stores?
"Club Monaco. Lucky do great jeans. Reiss do great affordable clothes. M&S are doing spectacular things like three-quarter-length cashmere coats. You don't think of M&S for that."

Saville Row tailor?
"Henry Poole."

Shoes?
"Lanvin, when I can afford them!"

Moisturiser?
"Tom Ford."

Car?
"1956 Jaguar XKSS but it's about $14 million!"

Magazine?
"GQ."

Bar?
"Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel where Winston Churchill drank gin and tonics."

Restaurant?
"Eight Over Eight, it's close to my house."

Hotel?
"Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado. "

David Gandy's Wish List

 Mr David Gandy first appeared on the modelling scene 12 years ago through Select Model Management and has been an integral force in the male fashion industry ever since. He has worked alongside many of the world's most influential photographers (and women), from Mr Mario Testino and Mr Steven Meisel to Ms Scarlett Johansson and Ms Eva Herzigová. More recently, Mr Gandy was the only male model to represent the UK in the fashion segment of the Olympic closing ceremony and is an ambassador for London Collections: Men. Click through the gallery, above, to see Mr Gandy's top picks.


 This week Mr. David Gandy, the British male model, reveals his favourite items currently on MR. PORTER



Lanvin Double-Breasted Merino-Wool Cardigan
"Cardigans can sometimes be too casual, and double-breasted blazers sometimes too formal, so this piece is a great compromise between the two. It would look great with a shirt and tie but just as good with a T-shirt."







 
Belstaff Icon Blouson Waxed-Cotton Jacket
"I have one of these already, but this season's is stunning. It is a design classic and I love that it is waxed instead of the usual leather, which in many ways makes it ore practical and weatherproof."





 

 
Dolce & Gabbana Knitted Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater
"This has a real old-school Sicilian fisherman's jumper feel to it. I always think when Dolce & Gabbana has the Sicilian influence in its designs that it produces the best collections. You simple cannot beat a cashmere knitted sweater."







Burberry Prorsum Slim-Fit Bonded Cashmere-Blend Coat
"A staple in any man's wardrobe, and Burberry make the best overcoats. I like the almost military feel of the double buttons."










Balmain Slim-Fit Distressed Denim Jeans
"I adore the biker element to these jeans, with the knee patches. The distressed look gives them a wonderful vintage feel, which is a fresh take on denim."









Richard James Spirit Unstructured Textured Wool-Blend Blazer
"Richard James is hard to beat when it comes to blazers. The fit and quality coupled with the unstructured style here makes this much more wearable and relaxed for everyday use."



 





Hardy Amies Slim-Fit Check Wool-Blend Suit Jacket
"For the past two seasons at London Collections: Men, the Hardy Amies collections have been my favourites. I love this subtle check; it's individual but tasteful, and I cannot get enough of double-breasted jackets at the moment."





 


Nudie Jeans Perry Distressed Organic Selvedge Denim Jacket
"I believe that the denim jacket is a really under-utilised item in men's wardrobes. This distressed version by Nudie is one of the best I've seen."

 






 
Dolce & Gabbana Martini Slim-Fit Printed Velvet Blazer
"A velvet blazer is a huge statement, so you cannot get it wrong. Dolce & Gabbana is the master of the velvet tux. I know this because I've worn so many of then, and this midnight blue is simply stunning."







Alexander McQueen Aran Knit Wool Sweater
"You can never understimate the versatility of a thick knit sweater. Cream knits will never notbe on trend, and the elbow patches on this one give it a wonderful old-school elegance."