Monday, August 25, 2014

David Gandy for Esquire Magazine (September 2014)

David Gandy
The world’s most sought-after male supermodel. Meet the man behind the face.

David Gandy covers this month’s Malaysia and Singapore editions of Esquire Magazine. Photographer Tomo Brejc catches the many facets of David’s personality through his photos, showing both his softer side with the Rottweiler, Bubbles, and using the backdrop of Claridge’s and Repton Boxing Club, The Bath House Cheshire St. to show his sporting side around the boxing ring. Photographed wearing several different British designers, including Alfred Dunhill, Paul Smith, American Appear, Sunspel, Richard James, Hackett, Burberry Prorsum and Bailey Nelson, David is strikingly handsome and debonair with stylish by Andy Howe and hair by Larry King.

The model is featured in a complete editorial where he talks with Sam Coleman in an enlightening and honest interview, focusing on everything from his new David Gandy for Autograph line for Marks and Spencer, to his role as a leader in British Fashion and his philanthropic endeavors. In an amazing black and white photo, David is shown wearing a dressing gown and socks from the David Gandy for Autograph line, while walking the streets of his beloved London with Bubbles the Rottweiler.

It’s David Gandy’s year of years. As his appearance in Jennifer Lopez’s video tops 16 million views on youtube, his irrepressible masculinity adorns dozens of magazine covers at the newsstand.
Looks can be deceiving and his new collaboration with Marks & Spencer is about to be rolled out. But as we find with Gandy, appearances can be misleading. He wants you to man up, and he’s not afraid to tell you how.

“Gands!” comes the word thrown like a javelin across the heads of the huddled crowd of the world’s fashion elite. They’re in a scrum around a beautiful, classic 1995 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupé, pulling up elegantly as befits its contours and colourM they look to where the shout originates, as well as where it’s destined: the driver of said car. The wing opens up slowly on the automobile, the anticipation akin to when Klaatu emerges from the grey craft in the The Day the Earth Stood Still. “Gands” obliges by hunching his abdomen into a neat scorpion’s tail as he disgorges himself, his fairly perfect masculine body – the one that’s launched what are quite possibly the most successful fragrance campaigns in advertising history – deftly hurling him out of the confined carriage. He looks at the crowd with his signature jawline of diffidence, slips his jacket over his T-shirt, and braces in a smooth, fluid motion. 

IT’s jealous man moment to be sure: here is one of the few  men that men want to be like, and women (and more than a few men) simply want. “Gands” – AKA David James Gandy AKA the world’s most in-demand male supermodel AKA icon of British style – has arrived at the lastest edition of London Collections: Men (LC:M) for his usual physical endorsement of and participation in the fashion week’s happenings. 

IT’s all as it should be: the crowd gets the eye candy it wants, and the sponsors get a buzz from the juice of celebrity powering up the event (Samuel L. Jackson pops up during the course of the week, as do official ambassadors Tinie Tempah, Nick Grimshaw and Dermot O’Leary; though, as Gandy divulges, they’ve had their own commitments, leaving a large part of the showing up at events to him. “Eighteen-hour days for a week, mate,” he says as the pararazzi swarm around).

To outside appearances, Gandy’s role is fulfilled: his duty to the event done from simply showing up, and playing up the perception that male models are walking and talking bling personified. But little do those observers realize that, in many ways, he is an essential advisor to the fashion week, and to British fashion as Gandy is an essential advisor to the fashion week, and to British fashion as a whole, a cerebral, project-driven British patriot with a sentiment for the middle class and phylantropy, who’s more entropic than those on the outside would give him credit for. However nice the exterior, Gandy is a turgid sea of complexity and self-imposed purpose.

“I’m a very passionate supporter of my country, as you know with LC:M, etc, but we need to do better,” he says with a stern look. “You see our [British] brands’ wealth of talent at LC:M, but when other countries come in and buy our heritage, like Savile Row, why isn’t someone doing something about it? And the worst part? They’re successful! They build and build. The rest of the world loves this British-ness.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg to his strong opinions that run against the grain. Gandy is a man on a mission: many missions, in fact, as we soon find out. The second thing that defines Gandy 2014 is he’s hitting a high point. He is a mover who’s seriously on a roll, one that’s putting him on the international celebrity radar in ways that we haven’t seen before. Is this David Gandy’s moment?

Milan, men’s fashion week for SS15, five days later. Gandy is here, a special VIP guest for a special event, and one that has special resonance with his personal mythology. Tonight, Dolce & Gabbana are launching a collection of rooms and services, part of its new Sartorio concept and and an addition to its flagship store on Corso Venezia. It’s appropriate that Gandy is here, somewhat expected even, as his career took a cataclysmic upturn when the Italian designers made him their muse. “You’re doing a story on David” Domenico Dolce asks me at a cocktail party the night before said event. “We love David. He’s such a pleasure to work with, and, of course, he gets better looking with age… Tell him I said that!” he exclaims with a laugh, eyes wide under his glasses. 

Dolce’s affections are based on the historic casting of Gandy as the face of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue por Homme in 2006, a campaign that’s as iconic as it is resilient, a game changer in the worlds of fashion and luxury. With Mario Testino let loose on the island of Capri, Gandy became the Adonis of the fashion scene, muscular and macho, seething, swarthy with eyes of Swiss glaciers. The male model landscape, populated as it was with androgynous, skinny looks, took a shot across its bow that it still has to deal with. Gandy brought the hunk back to men’s fashion, and Dolce & Gabbana were-all-too-pleased to showcase the disruption. Light Blue went on to be a 20M-high billboard in New York’s Times Square and received 11 million online views, a number that was unheard of in those years for a campaign image. Dolce & Gabbana invited Gandy back in 2010 and again in 2013 to do the second and third Light Blue campaigns, as well as in 2011 where he was a mainstay of their Milan catwalk shows. That same year, they released a 280-page book of Gandy, chronicling the six years of productivity and friendship they’d shared up to that point.

That, and myriad of modelling gigs have put Gandy in the position of being the wise voice of male modelling – not that everyone appreciates his opinions. “Fashion and modelling have always worked for me, but I look at the guys now and there’s nobody that I want to be. I asked a few of the designers why they use the models they do. There goes another 18-year-old kid… not sure if they’re a tourist or a model on the runway. It does nothing for me. You see no cool guys,” says the devil-may-care-Gandy that few people expect. In many ways surprising in the delicate fashion community, he doesn’t give a f**k.

“They respond that I just want masculine, because I’m masculine, and I say, no, it’s not that. I totally appreciate that there’s a good 50/50 mix between good-looking guys and cool, street guys. I totally get it. You see them walk down the runway and you say, ‘Yeah, I want to be that guy.’ But wouldn’t it be great if one show brought all the big names together? Even go old school. There’s myself and the few other so-called male supermodels. Bring ‘em all together; it’ll blow people’s minds,” he describes, getting excited at the prospect. “I have the advantage of knowing how these guys feel: they travel 90 times a year, they get tired, and they sometimes don’t want to be upbeat. I totally get that. Sometimes, you just want someone to come up and say. ‘How are you feeling? Do you need a break?’ rather than just be part of the furniture. That’s kind of the tough part of the modelling game,” he remembers of such grueling schedules, of this start as the accidental mode (a friend entered him into a competition on the sly, thereby launching his career? Who was rejected in those early days as an anachronistic look.

But he’s made it now, and involved in other aspects of the fashion world. Still, he remains concerned about the male modelling landscape. “There’s a massive change in the industy that’s happening. Every brand is using celebrities, or movie stars, or sportsmen, or someone with a Twitter accound who has a million followers. That’s why a good modelling agency like mine, Select, is really valuable,” he says with an evident air or gratitude. “You know, when I was starting out, nobody was asking the rates we were asking, nobody talked about the value to brands that a strong model and face could bring. We wanted to be up there with female supermodels, which was unheard of. What I’ve learned from that is I’m really hoping to mentor the guys [other models] on those things we’ve picked up.”

Unknowingly, Gandy has his hand out at this point, an unconscious offering of his life experience, pitfalls and relief at the kind of help he’s offering. “Take my hand mate, I understand” his body language says to the young male he’s metaphorically speaking to. He tells the tale of an up-and-coming model named Alex Dunstand, who’s the face of Marni, and how he wants him to succeed, because – just as Gandy views himself – he’s a nice guy, down-to-earth, grateful. He desperately wants to see more of that in the scene. Good guys can finish first in Gandsland. “People have a view of you before they even meet you. Forget the male model prejudice that people have; even a famous person has that stereotype to break through. But when someone says that they find me humble, easy to work with and congenial, then I’m over the moon. That’s what I want people to take away from meeting me. I’m almost embarrassed when I get special treatment,” he says, stirring his coffee roundly.

Don’t mistake humbleness for humility, though: he’s not shy about saying what’s on his mind, politeness and political correctness be damned. “You know, I’m even banned from a couple of shows [laughs] because I’m passionate and I have opinions. I went on TV and I mentioned that the MAN show was naff because it had fences across the models’ faces. I sat at the show and thought, ‘This is ridiculous.’ Sorry – I love fashion forward as much as the next person – but this is just alienating,” he says of his controversial views that spawned heated debate and vitriol among the British fashion elite and men’s fashion journalists. “And what do you think the papers will run? [Alfred] Dunhill and Hackett and Burberry? Or are they going to put the models with garden fences on their faces? Men see that and think, ‘I don’t want any part of that.’ That’s how they see fashion. So they barred me, saying that I don’t support British fashion, which is, you know, absurd.

“Then, the British press tried to start something on Twitter and the Web by critiscising what I was wearing and everything that I stand for. You don’t like what I’m wearing, fine: you’re allowed that opinion. I actually went up to that journalist and told him that it was a very well-written piece. I didn’t agree with it, but I thought it was well done. He was a bit socked by that,” Gandy recollects of that contentious time. “A couple of people from the British Fashion Council said ban him and I said don’t, that’s exactly what he wants.” He pauses, searches the air for what he’s said, ponders it. And – liking the scent of his own honesty – adds his thoughts of how to correct a niggling wrong that need to be righted: the state of British fashion and how to improve it. “There’s just so much to be done,” he says, shaking his head and smilling at the Sisyphean monumentalism of it all.

Gandy’s newest project – a collaboration with Marks & Spencer – is the perfect attack plan for that, a perfect example of how such things should be addressed. It will show that the people, not the elite, are the focus, and that British fashion will take its rightful places as one of the drivers of the UK economy. But, with Gandy’s career of counterintuitive success as example, change won’t come easy. We’re at Claridge’s a beacon of British upper-class perfection and stoic belief in Anglo manners and ways, and Gandy is showing me his new collection of underwear for M&S. It’s a gorgeous collection of briefs and other pieces; there’s a dressing grown that I instantly sign up for. “You’re one of the few people outside the design team to see these, as they’re actually the production samples,” he states, drawing attention to his idea of not having a gargantuan David Gandy logo; that the pattern acts as the branding, with no logo as such. “David Gandy underwear was pitched a while ago, and [Dolce & Gabbana] Light Blue certainly helped that conversation. There’s a new team at M&S and they liked it, even wondering why we hadn’t done it before. But I warned them it’ll be very different than anything they’d done before,” he says, alluding to his active involvement, and that, though the price points would be premium, he didn’t want to stray from his core philosophy of quality, affordable goods for normal and stylish guys.

“I think people want to go for that little bit of quality, for which they’re willing to pay a little bit more. Nobody could believe that his [holds up a jacket] is M&S. All the editors were coming up and saying. ‘Who made that?’ I told them M&S and they said, ‘Get the f**k outta here!’ That’s the way I’d love to see this collaboration go. They’re developing 73 new men’s stores, snd the one at Bridgwater, I believe, made back the refurb money invested to change it into a dedicated men’s space within a month. A month,” he declares, punching the expiration of the sentence. “Anything I pitch, I want it to be in that middle zone – affordable,” he states, citing his love of M&S when growing up, and how it fits his sweet zone of iconic British-ness and common man style. “As British as British gets,” he says with a wink, donning the dressing gown as his 15Kg Rottweiller, Bubbles, looks on in happy dismay. And if the M&S project foes well, Gandy is up for more: suiting, accessories… the sky’s the limit. His entrepreneurial belief is that men, if served well, are game for fashion if presented right. “I think the way men shop is very different – they hate queues, they hate going through the women’s department to get to the men’s – and there are some very cool, new ideas that I’d like to be the first to get out there. Technology is changing the menswear game in deeply profound ways, I like the person who said, ‘If you can figure out how to get men to shop the way women do, you’ll be a billionaire’.”

Slowly, it becomes apparent that Gandy resembles the Ashton Kutcher of men’s fashion, a man who one gets wrong on the first reading, as you think he’s one thing, but he’s not. He brings up that he’s bought a shoe brand, David Preston Shoes, and is slowly nurturing that with investment and guidance (“He makes 10 pairs a week, but we’ll get him boosted up soon enough as soon as the lawyers finish with the paperwork”), and his work on Lucky Jeans where he was a partner and an investor (“At one point, it was up 53% percent. We changed that brand completely with a great team. Now, Lucky has been bought out”). “That’s where I have to build my credentials: on business success like that,” he says sanguinely, noting that the transition from celebrity to businessman is fraught with perceptions and dangers. Again, the Kutcher syndrome. “I like a challenge: if I pick a brand to partner with, I don’t just want to show up four times a year and do the shoots for the campaigns, no. There’s got to be a challenge in there for me. But as a model, it’s very difficult,” he readily admits.

I write the words HIDDEN IMPATIENCE in my notebook during our third meeting at The Groucho Club for breakfast, as the soreness of the fashion weeks-London, Milan, Paris-subsides. Gandy is tired, but relieved-the breakneck speed of the past few weeks merely hectic rather than battering. "You know, I'm easily bored; I haven't had a holiday in two-and-a-half years. I have quiet week and I'm already planning projects. I'm terrible," he laughs openly at himself, seemingly wondering why the hell he pushes himself the way he does. We muse on the gossip across the Web and the print press on one of the biggest things that Gansy has done to date: his shoot with Jennifer Lopez for her "First Love" video. Filmes in the Mojave Desert, conditions were fierce. 'There was a sandstorm, pretty terrible, but Jennifer was great," he states, recollecting the horrors of the shoot. But Gandy scoffs at reports of her admitting to having a crush on him. "That's just clever marketing, isn't it? You'd expect her (PR) machine to come up with that. We're friendly, but nothing more than that," he'll on;y say, adding that his schedule doesn't permit a lot by the way of relationships. "Relationships... (laughs) even George (Clooney) is letting us down! When people ask what I'm doing girlfriend-wise, I just say I'm Clooney-ing it for a while. The way I've always looked at relationships is, when I do meet the right girl, my priorities are going to have to change. I can't have the 25 projects, flying around the world, and not having any holidays. You really can't be selfish with a relationship; you gotta work at it, build it."

He's not kidding about the 25 projects. The topic of his philanthropy comes into view, and the slightly reticent Gandy comes back into full-speed mode of mind. Although he has always been involved in charity and philanthropy work ( "I started working at a dog sanctuary at 15," he says proudly of his early start in social concerns), it's surely in the past decade that he's made a conscience effort to build that part of his legacy. Starting in the 2000's, with his work for Comic Relief and Red Nose Day, Fashion for Relief and the London Marathon, among others, Gandy has slowly evolved a range of concerns that reflects his values and his aspirations for social good. HIs signature event is the Blue Steel Appeal (in reference to the Zoolander quote), a fashion spin-off of Comic Relief, which sees Gandy organising auctions and other activites. "In the past few years, I've wanted to start a charity, but I thought I'll work with good charities like Comic Relief first and get some understanding from that. So I called it the Blue Steel Appeal,and the response has been great. We did the one-off ebay auction and that went really well. Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham donated great pieces that were absolutely astonishing," And by flashing his card to the non-elites, Gandy came up with another approach. "I didn't want to do a big dinner, anyone can do that; but having it on eBay, we could include a lot more people. We raised GBP300,000, which is pretty good, really," he adds happily.

He's also very involved with animal concerns, especially those aligned the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which named him its first ambassador in 2011. "Look, I love animals, as you can see with Bubbles. We try to keep it fresh, and one of my favourites is the celebrity animal walk. I've got a wonderful woman from the US who's paying an awful lot of money to come to London to walk with me and a dog, and see the shelter, so that's great," which just happened in July. Total raised: GBP400,000.

But one that gets Gandy emotional-as well as raises his ire somewhat-is Style for Soldiers, a project that helps British vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan regain their dignity through customised clothes. Shirtmaker Emma Willis inspired him with her dedication to working with these vets, and he's come up with an extension of the project with Capstar Chauffers, which employs single- and double-amputte vets as limo drivers, by attempting to persuade all the tailors of Savile Row to donate two bespoke suits per tailor to a vet, increasing their confidence and employability through fashion. Those who resist Gandy's call to action risk his furrowed brow. "Some of this is so easy that I can't understand why someone's saying no, I just want to know what their reasons are for saying no," he says as he readies for a meeting with the tailors, expecting some resistance from certain quarters. "Everyone in the fashion industry should go to these gathering of vets and speak to these guys, hear and see the horrific injuries they've sustained and live with. When stylists are shouting about the wrong pair of trousers or sunglasses at a shoot, these guys without limbs would just look at them and say," What are you going on about?' They just want an opportunity. I want all the Savile Row tailors to make bespoke suits for the Capstar drivers. Two suits per tailor, that'll be 40 suits. What's there to say no to? I'm meeting with the tailors today,and I'll make then an offer they can't refuse, as they say in The Godfather."

His parting words to me: We take ourselves way too seriously. I fit in with the fashion industry in certain ways, but in other ways, not at all. Sometimes,I think I don't belong ( in the fashion industry)...But at the same time, I love it as well. We all need a change of perspective. We're all guilty of it. But you've got to recognise it for what it is and fight back." As hopefully all this excoriating intensity shows, Gands fights back, and in doing so, shows that nice guys finish first.

Source: DjGMagazineshoots

Saturday, August 23, 2014

David Gandy with Jarvis In The Elevator

British male supermodel David Gandy joins Jarvis in this segment of Jarvis In The Elevator (VH1) and he spoke to him about a variety of topics from his appearane in Jennifer Lopez's 'first Love' video to modelling to auditioning for the part of Christian Grey.

Friday, August 22, 2014

David Gandy talks with 10 Magazine (Autumn Issue)

Model and LC:M Ambassador

Ph. Maria Ziegelboeck 

With his undeniable pin-up status Gandy has been looking great in little more than his pants for years, and is doing just as much of a stand-up job in his newer role of LC:M ambassador. He’s certainly as well dressed as any top editor during his duties.
10: What are you wearing?
DG: The suit is a collaboration between myself and Neil Fennell. Shirt is M&S and tie is Tom Ford.

10: How about what’s not visible?
DG: The briefs are actually my own. I have my own underwear line coming out with M&S and on the day of my portrait I was testing the final designs for comfort and fit. For my hair I use Aveda products.

10: What’s your greatest luxury/extravagance?
DG: Cars and watches. I’m having a 1960 Mercedes 190SL fully renovated at the moment.

10: Are you a carry-on or excess-baggage kind of man?
DG: After 13 years of 80+ flights a year for work, I’d say I could be classed as a professional packer. So I’m a carry-on person.

10: What’s your biggest sartorial turn-on?
DG: Just a great cut/tailored suit. After years of working with some great Savile Row tailors, I can really see now who has the best suits and knows their stuff.

10: How do you dress to impress?
DG: A lot of time it’s about just trying to be an individual and to stand out from the crown a little.

10: What’s your hangover/out-for-a-pint-of-milk look?
DG: Jeans, David Preston Chelsea boots, T-shirt and sunglasses or cap, and Barbour jacket if it’s raining.

10: Are you, or have ever been, part of a scene?
DG: I hope not.

10: What do you love about menswear today?
DG: Menswear is probably the most exciting area of fashion to be part of right now. So we are seeing more designers, more variety, more choice and more acceptance for men to actually take pride in their appearance.

10: What’s missing from menswear today?
DG: I think we have to make it more tangible and engage the man outside of the fashion industry.

10: Are you part of the zeitgeist?
DG: My ambition in fashion was always to influence, to change, to make a difference. Wheter I’ve achieved that I couldn’t say.

10: What’s your earliest memory/concept of style?
DG: Cars were my first memory of what I knew I liked, or didn’t like, style wise – the shape, the design, the concept.

10: Who’s your ultimate style icon?
DG: Lapo Elkann.

10: The true measure of a man is… ?
DG: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy – Martin Luther King, Jr.”


Thursday, August 21, 2014

12 Questions (Over Coffee!) with David Gandy

If the name “David Gandy” doesn’t immediately register, we guarantee his face will. Gandy has been modeling for Dolce & Gabbana for nearly 10 years—they even put out a book together!—and he’s also fronted campaigns for a slew of fashion brands, not to mention participating in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. Bottom line: he’s hot. Like, real hot.

This summer, Dolce & Gabbana is introducing the newest fragrances to join the Light Blue collection—Escape to Panarea and Discover Vulcano—and to celebrate, we got to spend some quality time with the handsome supermodel, who is not only really, really, really good-looking, he’s also seriously nice (and funny!). Gandy submitted to our rapid-fire set of 12 questions—over coffee and the morning paper, of course. (Go on, gaze into the photo and pretend you’re the one he’s having coffee with. We won’t judge.)

1. Describe your perfect woman in three worlds. Funny, intelligent, humble.

2. What’s your favorite snack? Sashimi.

3. What’s your favorite drink? An Old-Fashioned.

4. What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given? A watch, by my grandfather.

5. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given someone? Said watch, to my oldest nephew.

6. What’s your perfect date spot? A dog walk along the Thames.

7. Quiet night in or a fun night out? A fun night, followed by a cup of tea at home.

8. Who was your first celebrity crush? Michelle Pfeiffer

9. What’s the last song you listened to? “Hey Laura,” by Gregory Porter.

10. What’s the last movie you watched? “Chef.”

11. What’s the last thing you read? The paper.

12. What’s your favorite scent? Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano or Dolce and Gabbana Velvet Collection.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Glamour Magazine: What a Male Supermodel Doesn't Understand About Women and Beauty

If you don’t know models David Gandy and Bianca Balti by name, you definitely know their faces—and their bodies. They’re the stars of Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue ads, a campaign that has seemingly been everywhere (including, full disclosure, right here on this summer. I sat down with both of them in the hopes of getting to the bottom of what men really think about women and beauty. In the end, I’m not sure I got much closer to an answer, but Bianca and I certainly laughed a lot in the process—and I managed to completely humiliate myself in front of one of the world’s hottest men. See for yourself:

One thing guys never understand? Why it takes women so long to get dressed. David Gandy had no problem playing the part of an annoyed man waiting for his date, Bianca Balti, to get ready to go out.

By Lindsey Unterberger

Do men care about what women do with their hair?

David Gandy: I think we do care, actually. We've had girlfriends in the past who change their hair and you go, 'I loved your hair before,' and they go, 'Well why didn’t you tell us?' And it's because men don’t really say stuff like that, but no, I think we care rarely about trends... It’s a funny thing, I think you wear what suits you.

Bianca Balti: So how do you like girls' hair? C’mon every single girl in the world wants to know!

DG: It’s different ’cause I’ve always gone for like long flowing hair, but like a girl who puts her hair up will look amazing as well.

BB: Thank you for the help [please insert highly accented sarcasm here].

DG: I mean I’m quite about being with a natural girl, one with minimalist makeup and her natural hair and stuff like that.

How do you feel about big eyebrows on women?

DG: I have big, bushy eyebrows, why would I want to go out with someone with big, bushy eyebrows?

BB: …OK but if I tell you like Sharon Stone back in the day, you probably liked that, right?

DG: She had big eyebrows? Like in Basic Instinct? Yeah, I wasn’t looking at the eyebrows.

Is there another trend for women right now that you really don’t like?

DG: You know those [ballet flat] shoes? I can’t stand the bloody things—absolutely the most unsexiest things that anyone could ever wear, and every guy agrees on this... And I know they’re comfortable... but you can wear like boots or something and that’s still sexy, but these shoes, I don’t know what’s wrong with them. I can’t stand them. It's one trend I will never, ever understand.

What would you do if a woman seated in front of you on an airplane was wearing a face mask? [Writer’s note: It was at this point that I lost all dignity and showed David Gandy a photo of me wearing a sheet mask on an airplane.]

DG: That would scare the living daylights out of me. I would try and open the emergency hatch. Where’d you get these from? It’s like something from The Hills Have Eyes or something.

BB:[In a fit of laughter] I mean, I do those masks too, but I do them at home!

Right before this photo was taken I gave David his very own face mask.

What is sexiest quality in a woman?

DG: To me, it has to be a sense of humor. I’m British; we try and laugh every day. A sense of humor in Britain is such an important thing. And someone who doesn’t really take herself too seriously is the other thing. At the end of the day, you could have the most beautiful girl in the world—she could have everything and you could have everything—until one day you’re going to be with each other and you’re going to get complacent. But you can never get complacent with just laughing at stuff, and that’s the beauty of someone who you can have a laugh with and have a sense of humor.

Photo by Victor Demarchelier; Makeup by Dolce&Gabbana's National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch; Hair by Sally Hershberger 

Monday, August 18, 2014

David Gandy for Henry Poole A/W 2014

With the luxurious Royal Automobile Club as a backdrop, the bespoke tailors Henry Poole & Co unveil their new A/W collection with model David Gandy, wearing suits and tuxedos that enhance the natural elegance and charisma recreating the epitome of a British gentleman.

Ph. Rich Hardcaslte

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Glass Magazine (Summer 2014) (Interview Update)

David Gandy appears on the cover of British Magazine 'Glass', summer edition. The magazine is known by its sense of clarity and simplicity, lightness and timelessness of curated modern culture focusing on sustainable luxury. Photographed by Roger Rich and and styled by David Nolan, Gandy is coherent with its principles and embodies the inspiration  to break the standards of the fashion industry. 

Meeting Mr. Gandy

He is ranked as the number one male model in the world, is one of the industry's most recognisable faces and has single-handedly redefined the image of modern man- Glass meets David Gandy 
By Nicola Kavanah

G: What is the most common misconception about modelling?
DG: My God, how long have we got? There are misconceptions between male and females, misconceptions about fashion as an industry - and as male models people usually assume you are not very intelligent. I think that goes for all models, especially some female models, super models in fact, who are extremely clever and a lot of the guys are too. But people think you just become a huge brand, a super model purely because of your looks and nothing else - they don't realise that it takes years of branding and strategy by you and your team - a lot of hard work.

There's the Zoolander's out there and 90% of models are quite happy to let their agencies do the whole thing-they het the phone call, it's a job, they don't think anything of it, they go do it and wait for the next job. That's the way a lot of people like it. 

But I need to keep my mind stimulated. Travel is great, I absolutely adore it, but it's really the business sense of it I prefer, the structure, the strategy, how we are going further ourselves, run a new company... The shooting is great but I've been shooting for so many years now, I get bored very easily so I like to have input. I say who I want to shoot with and I bring the teams to get effective results which will be pleasing for me. I need to be very careful of my branding and how I'm represented. I also write for GQ and Vogue and The Telegraph and for other things - I like to dip my toes in a lot of things.

The other misconception for models is that you get to a certain age and that's it. But how old is Naomi Campbell? How old is Christy Turlington? She's made an amazing comeback. Simon Clark, known in the men's fashion industry as one of the biggest earners in the world, is over 40 years of age. It's because people don't have access to it, there's so much myth. I think there is an intangible element to modelling and fashion- no one knows much about it, so the misconceptions just carry on and on. 

It amazes me to say, everyone still asks me the same questions, day after day. They say,"You can't last forever- you need to do something else."

G: I find models are often asked what else they plan to do, what's the back up option? As though modelling isn't a serious career choice.
DG: Yeah absolutely - that's another great one. As if it's a secondary job. And the next one is, "You must het loads of clothes."

G: And you must get loads of girlfriends...
DG: Yeah! (Laughs) But you laugh them off at the end of the day. That's kind of why when I write for Vogue it actually gives people the chance to ask questions. I'm like, "Write the questions down and I will answer them". It's interesting to see how people's minds work and how they perceive fashion. I believe in giving people answers that are actually the truth instead of things going round in a vicious circle.

G: Tell me about the companies you've founded.
DG: One of them is a production company which invests in British films and I just started a new company called DJG - it's a sole trader which looks after the modelling and business side of my work.

G: Tell me about the film company. You produce short films an apps?
DG: Yes, i created a dressing up app initially as I just thought that we had lost the ability , a few years ago, to dress properly. It's getting better now - we're starting to move away a bit from this dress-down culture. But people were constantly asking me, "Where do you get your clothes? How do you dress?" Peculiar questions, but I almost understood it because there was no information on it for men. Women have an abundance of information, but not men. So I created the David Gandy style app, going back to the very basics of men's styling.

People also asked me about my fitness, my nutrition, my working out, so I created the David Gandy men's health application. But it's actually proved more popular with women! I get these wonderful messages saying 'I've lost 20 lbs, 30lbs". If I get one message from one of those apps, If I've helped one person, I'll be happy.

There is a film investment side to the company. We've done short films with Jaguar, using our team on the production side. And I like to get involved with charities. One charity I started started last year called Blue Steel Appeal raised 270,000 pounds for Comic Relief. I also support Battersea Dogs Home and wounded soldiers. We have to come up with constant ideas about how to raise money, which isn't always the easiest. One of my ideas was celebrity dog walkers - go for a walk with your favourite celebrity - Jeremy Irons, me, Daisy Lowe...

G: You got into modelling by winning a TV model competition but it took a long time before you became a big name. Why do you think that is?
DG: I started with a lot of commercial catalogue work but my aim was always to work with the best creators, the best magazine covers. My idea of a good day is not shooting 23 looks of not very imaginative clothes. People said to me it was risky for me to give up the catalogue work but to me it wasn't a risk - I would have quit otherwise. So there was a strategic decision to go after a big campaign. I dropped all my commercial clients, so at that point there was no money coming in. We did a lot of editorials (it's the magazine editorials which give models the kudos that earns them big advertising campaigns) but still no one wanted to hire me. I was not exactly a freak, but I was not the usual skinny, Dior Homme type skateboarding guy that was popular at the time.

The Light Blue came around (the notorious Dolce & Gabbana fragrance featuring Gandy in nothing but a pair tight, white swimming trunks), then suddenly everyone accepts you and want to work with you. It was great pleasure to tell a few people to bugger off because they hadn't been interested before. Sometime fashion it's like sheep - something works and they they all copy it.

We did that underwear shoot, then suddenly there was the David Beckham underpants campaign and Calvin Klein came out with the man fragrance with all the models in their underwear; the classic man and they're still trying to create it. What Dolce and Gabbana did with that campaign-genius. I always wanted to create something that would last, like the Levi's guys - they were my inspiration. And it worked. But I didn't want to just be known as the guy in the white pants, I wanted to put a name to the face. I was given a platform, and I wanted to give people alternatives from the androgynous look that was popular at the time. That was 2006, that's eight years! It takes a lot of work but, don't get me wrong, I love that side of it, the campaigns, the covers, the different ideas. I want the bring something new to fashion and to be remembered for having helped shake things up a bit.

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David Gandy chats with Spanish magazine 'Yo Dona'

This is a man. Just like that,no adjectives needed. A dark-skinned man from London, with blue eyes and at a height of 6`2’’. Besides being the most in demand male model, he travels around the world as ‘brand ambassador’ of Johnny Walker’s Blue Label, defending that you can be ‘classic, elegant and able to change the rules of the game’

By Salvador Pulido. 

YH: What is a classic?
DG:Something unique,something that has been able to become to turn itself into an icon or change its era.

YH: And a modern luxury?
DG: In my case,time. With my schedule, to get an afternoon or a day off is a reason to party.

Ph. Matias Uris

YH: Are you proof that the metrosexual male is out to date?
DG: I don’t think so. I have a very masculine profile, that's true. My references can be Paul Newman or Steve McQueen, but many guys consider David Beckham as their reference. And I am fine with that. It's two different ways of understanding the aesthetic which are equally respectable.

YH: is to earn money the only motivation to work sometimes?
DG: It is what moves the world, but I can say I didn’t do something that I didn’t believe in.

YH: Do you consider London home even though you are travelling constantly, I suppose you have a house there…
DG: I am restoring it just now, a 19th century Victorian townhouse. It is my main entertainment, I don’t want anyone to m take that labor from me.

YH: Beatles or Stones?
DH: Both. Now I am listening Demian Rice a lot. What I don’t do is go to concerts, I don’t like crowds much. The only concert I’ve been in all my life was Tony Bennett's.

YH: Have you been to Spain?
DG: My sister and my nephews live in Málaga and I come to visit them a lot. Furthermore, I have worked quite a bit here but I barely know Madrid and Barcelona.

YH: You are a great animal defender, ¿are the Spanish people a barbarian in this chapter?
DG: We don’t kill bulls in Great Britain but there are atrocities too. I never get tired of signing petitions defending abandoned dogs. 

YH: In which place of the world we could find you taking sunbaths in pants like the famous D&G advertisement?
DG: Complicated. I am not a person of sun and beach tourism, I prefer destinations where you can see and do things like África and Alaska. My family instilled that a trip is the best way to learn.

YH: Tell me a literary phrase what you would like to be describe for.
DG: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice”
(100 Years of Solitude By Gabriel García Márquez)

Source: Yo Dona

Thursday, August 14, 2014

M&S Fall/Winter 2014 Collection (New pictures)

David Gandy is once again behind the lens of the London-based photograher Tomo Brejc for M&ampS F/W 2014 Campaign in San Francisco. For this occasion, the English model wears different suits and jackets with timeless colors of fall alongside some brilliant greys and muted yellows.