Friday, January 31, 2014

Selected 2014 Spring Campaign

The SELECTED brand, part of Bestseller, a Danish family-owned clothing company founded in 1975, has unveils it's new 2014 Spring Campaign.

The brand epitomises good taste and this new campaign revolves around the theme " a retro trip around the world."

Photographer: Tomo Brejc
Stylist: Katie Burnett / Atelier Management
Hair: Kayla MiChele / Atelier Management
Makeup: Jeffrey Baum / Atelier Management

David Gandy starts the year with a spectacular campaign as the international image of this renowned iconic brand returning to the 30s to rediscover brilliant luxury of the early twentieth century.

With photos next to a Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster at the foot of Hollywood Hills (LA), under the palms of LA or a reinterpretation of the stylish and exclusive atmosphere of the quiet 30s, David Gandy brings to life an attractive cocktail mix of European elegance and the appearance of a wise and noble British lord, embodying the perfect combination of tradition and modernity to create the new and elegant image of a gentleman.

The campaign also makes a nod to the style of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman with the use of leathers and rugged jeans, reflecting its unique, distinctive and bold personality.


M&S Magazine (January 2014)

Introducing The New Menswear Collection
2014 M&S S/S
We would like to give a very big Thanks to Denise Woodcock from London for being so kind with us and sending us these scans from the latest M&S Magazine. Thank you so much!
We'd like also to give a special Thank You to the girls of David Gandy Fans UK for sharing this wonderful article from the another M&S Magazine version with us. Thanks Ladies!
Launching this month, M&S Collection for men has been developed under the skilled guidance of head of design for menswear Tony O’Connor. Here he talks us thorugh the range, and David Gandy tell us about his involvement as the face of the collection, as well as what inspires him in work and life.
Great news for your other half’s wardrobe, M&S Man has undergone an exciting rebrand and, as of this month, will become the improved M&S Collection. Hot on the hells of the transformation of M&S womenswear last year, head of design for menswear Tony O’Connor and his team have been busy creating a considered edit of timeless pieces that encompass M&S’s core values of quality and innovation. With improved fabrics and superior designs, the refreshed collection is designed to fit seamlessly into an everyday wardrobe, and each item has the bonus of being constructed to last.
The classic cuts that run through the collection of luxury tailoring, everyday pieces and activewear are based on M&S’s iconic shapes, which have a stylish and timeless feel. Tony has worked hard to capture a strong and confident sense of style in the collection, which is modelled by David Gandy. We caught up with Tony to find out more about this exciting new range, and met David to talk about why he’s proud to be associated with M&S, and his life as a model and fashion ambassador.
Tony O’Connor has been designing menswear for retail brands for more than 20 years, and has been head of design for menswear at M&S since 2008. We meet up with him to find out more about the new range.
What have you set out to do with this collection? I’ve been working on a timeless feeling for the M&S Collection, and David and I have had some great collaborative meetings on how he’s going to wear it in our shoot, and what the shoot’s going to look like. We’ve agreed on what sort of style he’s going to convey. I want it to feel like timeless wardrobe classics. M&S Collection is about simple pieces with a really strong essence of style.
Do you design the range with David Gandy in mind?
David is definitely one of my references, but I want to make sure that this brand is worn by all men. David’s a very stylish man, and he’s going to carry it really well. He looks great in everything, but I want M&S Collection to be absorbed by lots of guys. That’s why the pieces feel quite easy to wear and are clean looking and simple. Men can come into M&S and feel satisfied that, it they walk out with something from M&S Collection, they will look stylish in it.
What does David bring to the brand?
I hope David wearing M&S collection will inspire other guys to see how it can be worn and how good they can look in it.
What are the key things that you will be refreshing your wardrobe with this spring?
Some of our deconstructed tailoring and a sports jacket, because that’s a really top look for spring.
What are spring’s key colours?
There’s a new aqua that looks really fresh and confident. It looks especially great teamed with neutrals and whites – which are also key shades for spring – and is a really modern-looking colour. And pink is still a very important colour for this season. We have a strong pink, as well as a softer version.
David Gandy, 33 is one of the world’s top male models, as well as British Fashion Council ambassador. We talked to him about his relationship with M&S, his career and life in fashion.
You’re very involved in Britain retailing. Is it important for you?
I’m very proud to be British. All I see is that we want to drive foreign cars or wear Zara or Abercrombie & Fitch, and here we are with Marks & Spencer, which is an iconic brand and an institution in the UK. I want to support British brands. I’m on the menswear committee for the British Fashion Council and an ambassador for London Collections: Men, and I’m building this relationship with M&S and with new collections. I think we should be more loyal and supportive in the UK. We put ourselves down in this country and don’t shout about what we do well. The rest of the world can see what we do well, but I think we’re a bit blinkered about it. And when we do something amazing, like the Olympics, everyone takes notice, and that’s what I try and push all the time.
How would you define British style?
It’s very individual. I’ve always thought that Britain was the king of individuality. From Carnaby Street to Savile row to the London dandy to Vivienne Westwood. I think we’ve lost a bit of that because of globalization; but I still think, for me, it goes back to tailoring, and we have our heritage here with Savile Row. We started suiting and tailoring. That sartorial Savile Row man is how I see an English gentleman and I don’t think that will ever change.
How did you get into modeling?
I won a television competition after a friend sent in photos to This Morning with Richard and Judy. It was the end of uni and I thought why not, it sounds like a bit of fun. Select [model agency] took me on – even before I won the competition they told me they were going to put me on their books. It was a bit of an adventure; I got to observe the industry over a few years, and thought there could be something in it for me. I wasn’t successful to start with – but I thought modeling could fit in with my desire not to do the same thing every day.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a model?
If I could go back to my six-year-old self, it would probably be something to do with the motor industry or motoring journalism. But the thing is,  I review cars for and I work with Jaguar. I see all the products that are coming out.
I also collaborate with brands like M&S and they do take my direction seriously, so I get that designing thing. I’ve always been interested in design – if you like fashion, it goes from watches to cars to interiors to clothing.
What are the best things about modeling?
The best thing for me is that no day is the same. That was my aim when I was younger – anything I wanted to do was going to be a job where I wasn’t going to the same office with the same people every day. Today I’m doing this interview, I was shooting last night – I’ve got about five meetings this afternoon, Monday I go to the LA Motor Show for Jaguar, then I’ve got an M&S Collection shoot – and in between all that I’ll be writing for and I get bored very, very easily.
Was it always going to be fashion, or could it have been music or film that would have enabled the lifestyle you wanted?
I haven’t got a bit of musical talent in me, so it was never going to be music. Acting – I’ve doing a few bits, but it’s always fashion related. I have a production company as well, and we’ve done a few fashion-based films for different brands.
Which designers do you admire?
Dolce & Gabbana. Obviously, I work with them and I admire how involved thy still are in their business, which is massive. They make every final decision – even down to the people they want in their runway shows. You see the work ethic of Domenico [Dolce], who does most of the designing. After the men’s show, when all the models come out down the runway and everyone’s clapped, he’ll go ‘Right – womenswear’. And start the next day on the next collection.
You always look stylish – do you style yourself?
Yeah, I do. Not that I ever think. It’s complicated – it’s just about buying a few good things. I get some suits made, but I mix them up with different jackets and trousers. I like to wear designer pieces along with high-street stuff. A friend of mine, who’s a well-known stylish, looks impeccable every time I see him and he doesn’t do it in an expensive way. He puts together designer and high-street very well.
Do you dress differently for day and night?
Every day is different, it depends what I’m doing. Today, I’ve come here in a coat from M&S’s Best of Britain range – I support the brands I’m working with. Night and day are usually separate looks, as they’re two different entities.
Yesterday, I was shooting and I took a suit along to wear in the evening. It was good to get into a three-piece wool suit, as I haven’t worn one for a while because I’ve been always, and I went straight out in it last night.
What are the three items you couldn’t live without?
A good three-piece suit. I prefer the classics over trends; as soon as something becomes trendy I literally chuck it out. Watches, I couldn’t live without. I have too many. It’s an expensive habit, but the right ones hold their value. There’s a history behind the ones I collect, the Omega Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon; the TAG Heuer Monaco was the one Steve McQueen wore in his films.
Do you ever make any fashion mistakes?
Yeah, I’m sure everyone does. I think you learn by mistakes. That’s certainly what I’ve done. You learn what you look best in by what doesn’t work. In my uni days, I played so much sport that my fashion sense was just utilitarian, because I was going from training ground to training ground. And I didn’t have much money to spend. I think that puts you in good stead.
What’s your top way to unwind?
Driving. I got my racing licence last year. This year, I was in the Mille Miglia – a 1000km race around Italy. I did it with Yasmin Le Bon – she’s done more races than me. You race a 1950s classic car round normal roads with normal traffic. I don’t get scared; adrenalin kicks in.
Do you have any memories of M&S as a child?
Many. My mum dragging me into the underwear department to buy underwear. Hers, not mine! I remember being absolutely traumatized by that. I got to 10 and said, ‘Mun, I’m not doing this any more. I’ll be in the corner eating Percy Pigs’.
In the sixth from at school, we didn’t wear uniform, I remember I went into M&S and bought a green V-neck. Everyone loved it and asked ‘Where did you get that from?’ When I said M&S, another four guys went and bought it, so we were all walking round in the same jumper.
I’ve always enjoyed saying something’s from M&S and changing brand perception, even back then. And here I am today, still working with that brand and trying to do the same thing and change that perspective, because people don’t believe I wear M&S clothes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lucky Brand 'California Dreaming' Spring 2014 Campaign

Lucky Brand's latest 'California Dreaming' Spring 2014 Campaign has arrived. There is a sense of casual coolness in this year's campaign. Styles vary from black leather moto jackets, to soft cool colored chinos and pique polos, gym gear and of course Lucky's signature denim. For this campaign this American brand has once again entrusted the talent of international models David Gandy and Missy Rayder.

Enjoy this wonderful Ad campaign video, just click on the picture and you will be taken to Lucky's
official site.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What is David Gandy Loyal To?

David Gandy: Loyal to His Fragrance…and His BlackBerry

By:Amber Kallor
January 29, 2014

David Gandy was voted one of the world’s sexiest men by not one, but two British women’s magazine’s last year (Glamour and Cosmopolitan). He’s also ranked second on Forbes’ list of top-earning male models. When I sat down with the gent from Essex to talk fragrance (specifically Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, for which he is the face and body), I was surprised at how dually down-to-earth and driven the man behind the muscle actually is. He strives to be on par with female supermodels, but he isn’t afraid to “flop like a seal” at a photo shoot with Bianca Balti and Mario Testino. Here, his thoughts on scent and why he’ll never fully embrace the iPhone.

You changed men’s modeling and helped designers embrace a more muscular physique. How do you feel about altering the face of an industry?

It’s an honor that people say that, but you can’t really put it down on just me. It was the genius of Dolce and Gabbana and Mario Testino—they came up with that concept of going against form in the modeling industry. Once a trend works, they all follow. [The campaign] worked for Light Blue, so everyone else—from Armani to Calvin Klein—all tried to copy the same thing. So yes, it has changed a lot, I really kind of hope I paved the way for guys, not just as using a more masculine man…but really competing with the female supermodels and not being complacent with or satisfied with what we have. Women are being paid so much more and they have so much more acclaim as a female model. I was like, ‘Why is this?’ The men usually don’t take it as serious as the women and they don’t have a business mind. We can compete with them; we can brand ourselves; we can be the ambassadors for [labels] instead of just modeling for them. In that way I hope I have changed [the industry].

You shot with three different models thus far for various Light Blue campaigns. How does the dynamic change on set and is there a Light Blue woman that stands out as your favorite?

A favorite—I can’t possibly say. First of all, when we did the Light Blue with the first girl [Marija Vujović], we didn’t know the impact it was going to have. It was all very new and we didn’t know each other. Then we shot the second one with Anna [Jagodzińska] and had big shoes to fill. We got on very well, had a great laugh, and the second one was probably the most fun. Now, with Bianca [Balti] the dynamic has slightly changed. In the first two [campaigns], I was the domineering Mediterranean man, and in this one, she’s the Mediterranean Latin woman—she’s more domineering of me. The shoot with Bianca—she’s so lovely to work with—but she is the definition of that Latin Mediterranean woman. She is the one that fits the mold best.

Which Dolce and Gabbana fragrance is your favorite on a woman?

You are going to think this is so cliché, but actually I still love the women’s Light Blue. It’s just a classic fragrance. When [I] first started negotiating with Dolce & Gabbana and they said it was for a fragrance with P&G and we didn’t know what it was, my mom said ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if it was Light Blue because that’s the one I use.’ It turned out that it was the Light Blue for men. It was such a strange coincidence, but it was one of those coincidences in life that makes you say ‘I wonder if that was meant to be?’

So when you smell Light Blue, does it remind you of your mother?

No, it reminds me of the first time we shot really…Light Blue just takes me back to that first trip to Naples and Capri.

Where do you spray cologne?

I’m probably quite traditional, so around my neck. My girlfriends say that…when they then wear my clothes, they can smell me, Light Blue.

What about on a woman—where should a woman spray fragrance—perhaps someplace more risqué than just the pulse points?

Oh God, I don’t know. That’s for me to know and her to know, I think. A fragrance is so important to me on a woman. There is nothing worse than when you really like someone but can’t stand that fragrance they have. It’s quite weird when you miss someone and you smell that [scent] on someone else—it totally takes you back to that person.

As far as shooting the latest campaign, you said that you are playing the secondary role to stronger female counterpart, so what was that like?

It was not the easiest shoot because the weather didn’t really play ball, but just standing up on the boat was tricky for both of us because it was so rocky. Even when the weather became beautiful the sea was still quite rough, and that was the first time we’ve had that. It was quite comical; we were in hysterics trying to stand up. You have to look domineering and sexy and everything else, but Bianca was falling all over the place and I was trying holding her up. Mario was shouting at us to try and look sexy, and try and do this, and try to do that—it was quite funny. On the video [spot for Light Blue] I have to push myself off the boat. If anyone has tried that, [they know] there is not an elegant way of doing it—it’s one of the hardest things to do.

You made it look relatively easy.

Well, after many, many takes. The [raft] was connected to a speedboat and we were going around and around. Once it would be in position, they shouted, ‘David go again,’ and I was being absolutely torn to pieces by the sea. I put my arm in [the boat] just so I didn’t have to keep treading water, and then [the director] said to the speedboat ‘Go!’ My arm was still [attached] so it dragged me off. Everyone was saying, ‘No, David’s connected!’ By that stage, we were laughing so much anyway and Bianca was in hysterics.

About how many takes did it take to get that shot?

I didn’t want to hang around too long, but it was probably four or five takes. But you get exhausted after treading water and having to push yourself off the boat. The first time I did it, I looked like a seal trying to get up onto a boat—I was sort of flopping on, but [eventually I was able] to do it more eloquently.

Fragrance aside, what is the rest of your beauty regime like? What are your skincare must-haves?

There isn’t much to it. It went everywhere for some reason when I said in an interview that I use rose oil, but really it’s because I fly so much, you know how it is, it just dehydrates the skin. A makeup artist asked if I ever tried organic rose oil, and I said no, so she put that on my face and it worked wonders. It’s my little secret. Otherwise I just use moisturizer, fragrance, a bit of hair gel and that’s about it.

What’s your go-to hair gel?

The one at the moment is an Aveda product that’s not even mine. It’s actually my hairstylist’s. He’s got that one and he mostly does the hair—I leave that to him, he’s the expert.

You are traveling so much for you job, so what do you pack? What’s one of your must-haves that you always bring with you?

For some reason, I have a bag of chargers. I don’t know about everyone else, but everything needs to be charged, so I have a separate bag of these chargers that seem to take up half my bag and all the adaptors for them. My Mac goes everywhere with me—that’s probably my one savior with communication, but really if I could not lose anything, its my Blackberry. I would rather lose my wallet and my cards than my Blackberry.

Interesting that you’re a Blackberry man. You won’t switch to the iPhone?

I love the iPhone, but if they come out with a keyboard I’m there. It takes me about a half hour to type one message with fingers and thumbs. Its really great for slight hands but my thumbs cover half the screen. I think I’m going to be one of those people that have two—the Blackberry and the iPhone—so you have all the apps, you have everything. I have my own iPhone application, that’s the thing; I actually have two of them. But I can just go down the road and use my keyboard and not even look where I’m going and type a message. It’s quite amazing in the fashion industry how so many people still have Blackberrys. I mean we are on the forefront of design and trends and everyone comes in and gets their sneaky little Blackberry out—it’s still old school.

I like a guy who appreciates the classics.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

David Gandy Attends Private Viewing of 'Dark Tales' Exhibition

This evening David Gandy attended a private viewing of Rich Hardcastle's 'Dark Tales' exhibition held at the Mead Carney Gallery in London. David is the subject of one of Mr. Hardcastle's portraits titled 'Kill Yourself To Get Ahead'. Among the other celebrity portraits are Ricky Gervais and Michael Sheen.

David Gandy with Rich Hardcastle
David Gandy With Rich Hardcastle and Jared Harris

Source: Getty Images

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

'Man of the World' Magazine (December 2013)

The British model David Gandy is captured by the great John Balsom for the cover of the winter "Explorer issue" of Man of the World and is featured in the rugged editorial "A New Frontier". Styled in an attractive look by fashion director Julie Ragolia and with grooming by Mira Chai Hyde, the model is photographed braving the elements of Scotland. He is also pictured admiring and exploring the beauty of Loch Lomon invoking the spirit of the great explorers and of those who sought to go beyond their known boundaries driven by wanting to know and to discover new horizons.




A New Frontier

Written by  Tom Sykes 

In May of last year, David Gandy was competing in the 1,000-mile Italian vintage car rally, La Mille Miglia. A warm Spring wind whipped through the 33-year-old model’s cropped black hair as he gunned the engine of his open-top 1950 Jaguar XK through the sun-blasted Tuscan countryside.

His co-pilot—the model, rock-star wife, and fellow petrolhead Yasmin Le Bon—had a bag of Haribo kid’s candy nestled between her knees, and was daintily depositing them in his mouth. There were 425 fellow racers behind them, after all, and one shouldn’t take their eyes off the road.

The world’s most successful male model is telling me this story between bites of an off-menu sausage sandwich he persuaded the chef at The Wolseley in London to fix for him.

“I thought to myself, Should I just end it now? It’s not going to get any better than this, is it?” he says, smiling. “Let’s just drive off a cliff and die happy, with a big smile on my face and a mouthful of Haribo!’” And he nearly did.

Two hours into day two, with Le Bon in the driver’s seat, on a road slick after a heavy rain shower, a driver they’d been trying to overtake—just a regular paisano, making his way to work on a public road— suddenly swerved in front of them.

“We were going past this guy and he just saw the red mist and pulled out into us,” says David, fixing me with his billion-dollar blues.

“Yasmin jammed the brakes and avoided him, but in avoiding him, we hit a wet grassy verge. I’ve been in enough crashes in my life to know this was a bad one. I honestly thought we were out of here. The windscreen on an XK wasn’t meant for people who are 6’3”. It came up to my chin, and neither of us had helmets on. I was just trying to get my head down, in case we rolled.”

Mercifully, the car came to a rest without rolling, at a 45-degree angle, on an embankment.

“I looked at Yasmin and said, ‘Are you ok?’ and she went, ‘Yeah.’ She undid her seatbelt and landed on me.”

After crawling out and establishing that nothing was broken, they stood up and surveyed the scene.

“There was a row of trees to the right of us, a row of spectators in front of us and a house to the left of us,” says Gandy, with a visible shudder.

It’s testament to his “intensely competitive” spirit (“I can ruin a game of Monopoly within 10 minutes if I’m losing,”) that they were back on the road just a few hours later, with the Jag patched up, and a new set of tires.

Daniel Day Lewis beat them—in fact, everyone beat them—but they crossed the finish line, and were the heroes of the race for doing so.

David Gandy, as you might have gathered, is the kind of guy who takes life by the scruff and doesn’t let go.

When we meet in London, he is just back from three days in Scotland shooting the images you see here. He has not risen to become the highest-earning male model of all time by just turning up wherever his agent tells him to. He is intimately involved in every editorial shoot he does, and collaborated closely with Man of the World on this one.

“It was very Skyfall,” he says. “It was stunning, but it was also an extremely challenging shoot. There’s a saying in the Highlands, ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes’, and that’s how it was. It would go from bright sunshine to mist rolling over the hills to driving rain in the same hour. That’s why it took so long. Three days? Who does that these days?”

What, I ask David, was his first job ever? I mean modelling gig, but David misunderstands me, and the answer I get is much more revealing than a recap of his early catalog work.“

I was a pizza delivery boy in my 1.1 Ford Fiesta Gear,” he says. “It wasn’t so much a job as an excuse for me to drive more.”

Yes, you can try and talk to David Gandy about serious things like his career, but all he really wants to talk about is cars.

What does he reckon is the best car out there right now?

“I drove a Jaguar XKR-S for six months and it suited me in every way. It’s just a stupendous car; it’s got everything. It’s a gentleman’s GT. Sure, the company may not be British-owned any more, but it’s designed here, developed here, and built here.

“It drives me mad that everyone in the world wants a little bit of British heritage except the Brits! We’re all buying Audis! Jaguar virtually invented the two-seater British sports car. Steve McQueen drove the XKSS.

“Jaguar got left behind for a little while there—not doing Diesel engines and other things—but you always learn more from your failures than your mistakes.”

If Gandy’s life sounds like something you’d like a slice of, it is small wonder the insatiable British tabloids feel the same way. The very morning we meet, for example, there is a particularly flimsily-sourced story making the rounds claiming he has broken up with his girlfriend, actress Samantha Barks.

What does he make of it?

“It’s absolute crap,” he says. “But with these things I try not to react. It’s part of the reason I don’t have a Twitter account. It’s a huge temptation for me, and for every human being; to defend oneself and their loved ones. Twitter allows that impulsive side to come out too quickly, though.
I am a great believer in sleeping on things. If you wake up in the morning, and it’s still bothering you, then you might want to do something about it, but ninety-nine percent of the time it’s not.”

In terms of PR advice for celebrities in the crosshairs, “Sleep on it, old boy!” is a thoroughly old-fashioned approach we can get behind.

A happier consequence of his fame is the success of his cheekily named “Blue Steel Appeal” charitable foundation.

“I tried to get to get away from that Zoolander thing for so long, but in the end I thought, Why not just embrace it?” he says. “My charity work is the thing in my life that I’m most proud of.”

How did it start?

“I went to Africa and we were trekking for gorillas in Uganda. The gorillas are doing fine—they’re multiplying, they’re protected—but we were driving up there at five in the morning and you’re missing children by inches; kids who are walking four miles to get to their school with no shoes and a little bag with one pencil and a pen. And I thought, Okay, something is wrong here.”

David collaborates with Jermyn Street shirt maker Emma Willis for another foundation called Style for Soldiers, which provides veterans who have lost limbs with bespoke shirts.

“What’s so amazing about these guys is that it’s not losing the limb that they’re most upset about. It’s the fact that they have had to give up their dream of serving their country. And then they’re trying to get back into civilian life, and they can’t actually find any decent clothes that fit them!” he says, “There’s a lot to be said for the way you feel in a good shirt.”

The sausage sandwich is now finished, and David Gandy has places to go— a fitting with Brioni just off Savile Row, to be precise. He bids me farewell and walks out into the sunny London afternoon to get on with the important business of draining every last drop from the Champagne flute that is his existence.

He makes it look so effortless. But is it really? If there’s an art to leading a charmed life, it’s one this speed-freak, philanthropist, and really, really, ridiculously good-looking bloke has got down.