Friday, November 14, 2014

Opening Of The New Thom Sweeney Store in London

David Gandy attended the opening of the new Thom Sweeney RTW & MTM Store on November 13, 2014 in London. The new 922sq ft unit at 33a Bruton Place in London's Mayfair is first ever ready-to-wear store of the London bespoke tailor company and it will offer the label’s mainline alongside a made-to-measure service.



 David Gandy with Luke Sweeney & Thom Whiddett (L) and with
Thom Whiddett, Luke Sweeney and Matt Smith (R)
 
  David Gandy with Louise Redknapp and Jamie Rednapp (L) and with Matt Smith (R)

Source: Fashionbeans.com, Getty Images

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Mario Testino's Edition Launch Party

David Gandy attended The Macallan Masters of Photography: Mario Testino's UK Edition on Wednesday night at London's The Ritz hotel.

In this Edition, the international fashion photographer interprets The Six Pillars (Macallan's foundation stones) through the characterisation of six individual personalities in his distinct, inimitable and luxurious style.

Source: Whiskyintelligence.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Showbiz Ask & Tell: David Gandy (BACCARAT Hong Kong)


The reporter Kam Kwok-Leung, film producer and flamboyant man-about-town, gets cosy with visiting British supermodel David Gandy.


Kkl: When you were at school, which male celebrity did you think was the most attractive?
DG: Those from the old days who had a mind of their own, like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire . . .
You are starring in Marks & Spencer campaign ads for your own men’s underwear collection. As a staunch supporter of classic styles, may I ask why you didn’t design nightwear like pyjamas as well?
I have done actually, but I don’t know if they are available in Hong Kong. I’ve designed some very elegant robes. Come to London and I’m sure you will love them.

As a model, you have worn countless fashionable clothes. Any special ones you would keep in your wardrobe?
Off the runway, I wear clothes that are practical. And they have to stand the test of time. Every piece in my wardrobe is essential.

When Lana Turner, the Hollywood sex goddess of the last century, was asked what item she would save from her home if a fire broke out she said red lipstick. As the male sex symbol of this century, what would be your answer to this question?
[Laughs] It’s very difficult to come up with a humorous answer. As a man, I’m very pragmatic so I’d head straight for my car keys.

Are there any songs, books or movies that have moved you to tears?
There are ones that can move you deep down. You lot [the press] always say I resemble Gregory Peck. I find To Kill a Mocking Bird very touching.

If you had a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which song would you open with?
I like Tony Bennett’s songs very much, so I might sing Fly Me to the Moon first. I also like duets and recently he worked with . . .
. . . Lady Gaga! Have you thought of performing with her on stage?
That would be fantastic!

Your fans long to see you playing the role of James Bond.
Daniel Craig is the perfect modern James Bond. Nobody can surpass him.

If you have to pick a 007 remake to take part in now, which story would it be?
Casino Royale, it’s very romantic.

Can you remember the first Chinese food you ever had?
When I was young, my family would eat out on every Saturday night and we often went to Chinatown. So Chinese food reminds me of Saturday dinners.

What’s your favourite Chinese dish now?
I love steamed seafood. Where do you recommend I go to eat it in Hong Kong?

Come visit my home next time you are in Hong Kong. You must try my Canto-style steamed red garoupa. In the meantime, here’s a little present for you [a pair of Chinese baoding exercise balls].
That’s so kind of you. Is it an antique of some kind?

Oh, no, they are just for fun – to strengthen your wrist and hands. You can workout your fingers on your flight to Paris tonight. Bon voyage!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

'David's Selections' Holiday Gift from London Sock Company

My Selection by David Gandy

Warm up the holidays with a wonderfully original gift idea. A winter casual sock trio along with his style tips signed by David himself.

The British Company 'London Sock', founded in 1913 and inspired by making style more accessible to the modern gentleman creating high quality socks, annouced las week the special and Limited Edition Holiday Gift 'My Selection by David Gandy'.

 David Gandy with London Socks Company during London Collections:Men S/S 2015
Pictures courtesy of MariaScard.com


 On this occasion, the British model has selected personally a set of three pairs with three styles:
  • New Limited Edition Winter Houndstooth offers a beautifully soft and comfortable, yet durable  sock for winter casual wear.
  • Our Simply Sartorial Skye Blue style provides the perfect accessory for professional style.
  • Spotted in Shoreditch completes this set, providing a classic style for any occasion.


The gift is available online at the London Sock's website

Monday, November 10, 2014

David Gandy talks with THE RAKE Magazine (October 2014)

The Gandyman Can

David Gandy talks with THE RAKE Magazine October issue proving that he is also a superlative role model for celebrity philanthropy by using his fame for all the right reasons.
 
Forget your serious mugs of Mr. Gandy as of late all over Asia and Europe. Take a moment to breath in the fresh wintry air of a genuine heart for dogs. David Gandy talks with The Rake about his vision for caring for animals.

While you wonder if he has cold hands with such a warm heart, read on to review his loyalty to charities, love of dogs and dedication to his London roots. 


Article by Rom Chamberlin.

In 1860, Mrs. Mary Tealby established The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs, in a disused stable yard in Holloway. The need in Victorian London for institutions such as this was absolute. Believe it or not, it wasn’t so long before this time that the admission price to London Zoo was a dog or cat to feed the animals, some of which were strays gathered up on the way there. Demand for sanctuary was such that, only 11 years after trading commenced, the whole setup had to be moved to the site that is now Battersea Dogs Home. In fact it’s been Battersea Dogs & Cats Home ever since they started admitting cats in 1883.

It quickly became an institution; Queen Victoria bestowed her Royal patronage – the first patron of any kind – on them in 1895 and Charles Dickens was an ardent supporter of the Home and publicized it repeatedly in his newspaper All the Year Round. The figures back then seem as industrial as you might expect from today’s battery farms. They got through 32 tons of biscuits and 420 gallons of milk per annum at the turn of the century, which seems incomprehensible at a time when workhouse children were rationed three bottles of beer a day as it was cleaner than water. Nevertheless, Britain’s love of domestic animals – especially man’s best friend – makes facts like these understandable, and it’s pleasing to think of gluttonous hounds waddling around on a hot day being shaded by the pillars of nearby Battersea Power Station.

The more one reads about Battersea Dogs Home, the more impressed one becomes of the scale of it in the sum of its parts, as well as its societal contributions. In 1918, dogs from Battersea were the very first batch of war dogs to ‘enlist’ in the War Dog School, an institution that trained dogs to become runners, sentries and munitions carriers over the course of the conflict. The home continues to supply dogs to the armed forces and emergency services today. Nowadays, some 300 staff and 1000 volunteers work there at any one time across three sites – 258 dog kennels at the Battersea London site, 171 at Old Windsor and 51 at Brands Hatch – who keep it ticking along on a day-to-day basis. Something such as this needs funding, and as many of you will know, coming up with new attractive ideas for the purpose of new sources of moolah is an increasingly problematic task.

It wasn’t until 2011 that the home saw the advantages in nominating ambassadors – recognizable faces who can bring attention to a larger audience through the usual means of television, social and print media. It didn’t take long for them to nominate their first ambassador, David Gandy. Rather aptly, they began work with him by doing a photoshoot (video). “Social media and everything went absolutely wild, everyone loved it,” he says. His creative juices have since flowed forth as he progressed in his new role.

Despite the fact that he has a Mark & Spencer line out now, he makes sure there is time set aside in an undoubtedly busy schedule to touch base: “There are weekly communications between us all. It’s really about coming up with new ideas at the end of the day, and bringing people in to help.” It’s a task he has proficiently succeeded in doing. “ I came up with the celebrity dog walk last year, selling myself, Mollie King, Daisy Love and Jeremy Irons,” he says. “We all offered ourselves up for auction on eBay for people to have a dog walk with me. A woman came over from the States to have a walk with me. ” She may felt the dog was third-wheeling the date, but nevertheless this idea of his was a massive success and is a testament to his genuine concern and the get-up-and-go attitude that he brings to the table.

You will have no trouble in believing that he is bona fide dog lover. “They are my love – I’ve grown up with dogs; I would have loved to have been a vet.” Alas, it was not to be and instead he’s had to settle for being the most successful male model of all time. In doing so, Gandy did what Rudolf Nureyev managed to do with ballet, which is to enter a lady-centric profession and lever that gender playing fields (on the flip side, it is what Martha Argerich did for pianists), a coup of irrefutable validity and worthy of serious congratulations.

Despite this, Mr. Gandy seems to have no interest in behaving like any good model should. With his looks, he has a God-given right to pick up a bad drug habit, feature heavily in gossip columns and lead a life of well-rounded tackiness, but not a bit of it. In fact, he has a charitable soul that was nurtured from a young age. “My mum, my dad and my grandparents were all very caring people,” he says. “I worked at a dog sanctuary when I was 15. One of my aims was always that when people got to know me a little but more, I would use it for charity. I think it’s a very important thing that if you’re in the public eye, you find charities and put your name and time towards [helping] them.”

The concept of fitting celebrity faces to charities in order to raise the profile of the cause is not entirely new. Historically, championing on lending your name to a charity was the fiefdom of the royal family. Princess Anne, currently known as the hardest working royal, is involved with over 200 charities. But the need for mysticism with the House of Windsor means that there is a gap for a more focused and available person of note to take on the task. So with the television becoming the ubiquitous household item during the 1980s, wiling ‘schlebs’ began to increase in tally, and have continued to till today. And in this world of Twitter, Instagram and, of course, the Mail Online ‘Sidebar of Shame’ things can go viral fast, especially if they’re about animals. “It’s amazing, really – you can put something on my social media, it’ll go to a quarter of a million people within half a day,” says Gandy, “but if it’s something on dogs, it’ll go to a million people within a few hours.”

Quick exposure can cause problems, though. The HBO uber-geek series Game of Thrones realised and enormous increase in the sale of Huskies to live in London (despite the fact that the ‘direwolves’ in the series are in fact Northem Inuits and not Huskies – just sayin’), and keeping Huskies in a city is extremely irresponsible. David’s opinion on the matter is straightforward. “Huskies are bred to run a hundred miles a day. They shouldn’t be in London, they shouldn’t be bred for London – they shouldn’t be in any city really.” When you have to add arrows to your quiver of reasons to remain famous, charity is a safe bet, which is when things become slightly cynical and tainted. Counter to the spirit of it all, there are people who will grin a bear it just to raise their profile. The impressive thing about Mr. Gandy, though, is the plain fact that he takes total initiative in how he deals with his charities, and doesn’t care twopence for how it makes him look – the celebrity dog walk being a clear example.

By chance, I was present at Emma Willis’ Christmas party for her Style for Soldiers charity – another noble endeavor which clothes the wounded soldiers back from the heather of war and gives them a source of dignity where there bad hitherto been none. He was only meant to drop in for 10 minutes – understandably, as it was Christmas, and he is a busy man – but he ended up staying the entire night and even helped clear up. “I almost want to invite everyone in the fashion industry,” he says. “It puts everything into perspective when you meet these guys who are double-amputees, or they have a face badly injured or one limb, but they don’t moan or want sympathy. They want opportunities.”

He seems particularly keen to help out on home soil, in that he is involved with major charitable endeavours that are linked to the fashion world in which he yields the most clout. He holds a place on the British Fashion Council, which runs the biannual London Collections: Men, a vital date in the diary for The Rake and men’s fashion. As well as that, he launched the Blue Steel Appeal, a foundation that raises money for Comic Relief through one-off events/experiences – with support from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Valentino and One Direction. The Zoolander allusion is a nod of irreverence to an industry often accused (sometimes correctly) of taking itself too seriously as well as a flexing of this entrepreneurial muscles. It raised £300.000 in its first few initiatives, and has adopted the same universal appeal that Gandy has promoted at Battersea Dogs Home.

“We don’t have these big dinners where the people who have the money buy very expensive tables and pay all their money to one-offs which they can pretty much get to anyway,” he says. “I wanted to give people an opportunity outside of the fashion industry. So that’s why we collaborated with eBay.” The problem there is, the amount raised will often not be as substantial as tapping the high-net-worth individuals, but the concept has a purity to it, which makes the deficit worthwhile. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge craze confirmed the way in which charity needs and wants to become all inclusive: “Build it and they will come,” as Kevin Costner would say.

Further to that, he was part of the ‘Oxglam’ team that ran the London Marathon in 2011 with gayness Deyn and Henry Holland. More recently, he did a campaign for the Philippine retail giant SM Prime Holdings and donated his fee to the victims of the devastating Typhoon Yolanda of last November that killed 6340 people. We can’t say exactly what the fee amounts to, but what we can say is that the money is going on to help build 11 homes and they plan to name a street after him. With a characteristic touch of humility and class, he has asked that it be named after his late grandmother instead.

David Gandy leads by example. It is hard to fault his record or commitment to what he puts his name to. It is inspirational to watch the way he puts his ingenuity into gear to come up with fresh ideas and initiatives. He is hard act to follow – and we at The Rake salute him for it – but since there are so many charities out there in need of a person to put their hand up, I think we must all try.

Order your copy of The Rake here.

Source: David Gandy's Official Facebook

Sunday, November 9, 2014

David Gandy covers Fashion London Magazine (Nov/Dec 2014)

Adorned immaculately in a checked Saville Row suit accompanied by his favoured fragrance Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana (naturally), 34-year-old model David Gandy met with Fashion London at London’s Mayfair Hotel to discuss getting his break, his now iconic Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue campaign – remember those white pants?! – and his latest foray into the fashion industry: his own line of men’s underwear. 

Gandy’s rise from would-be veterinary surgeon to the face of Dolce & Gabbana and beyond has been an astonishing one, encompassing driving Porsches and Jaguars, spending time abroad boats in Capri and racking up a net worth of reportedly £10 million. Not bad for a career spanning just eight years since he got his first big break. Now showcasing his own line of clothing with iconic British retailer Marks & Spencer, Gandy is relishing the more creative role he has garnered within the fashion industry. 

He, along with fellow model Rosie Huntington-Whitely are playing a key part in taking M&S in a new direction. “Gandy and Huntingdon-Whitely, think that has a nice ring to it” he laughed. “M&S has been fantastic to work with. It once had this old school image but everything is changing, the food, the logo, it’s nice to be a part of that. There’s a lovely buzz about M&S right now. It’s an exciting place to be. I really wanted to work with a British brand, which is actually quite hard because there aren’t that many. Especially high-street. Proper British,” he explains. 

“I thought it would be great to dip my toe first into styling, designing,” he continues. “This underwear and sleepwear line is 28 pieces so I had a very fast education! I had to learn so much. When it came to the design process, I had the final say, and it’s the first time that I’ve put my name to anything. I wanted my product to have a luxury feel, without the price tag; I had full control, from the quality to the stitching to the branding. I wanted it to be very subtle, understated, classic underwear that doesn’t say ‘Beckham’ or ‘Calvin Klein’ – I want to get away from that. I also don’t agree with paying £45 for underwear. I want that quality but I want you to pay £19, £20, for the best underwear, in the best packaging.”

Had it not been for a 21-year-old Gandy’s housemate secretly entering the then catalogue model into a competition on ITV’s This Morning, he may not have grabbed the attention of D&G. Entering the industry at a time when androgyny was all the rage, Gandy’s Adonis-like frame was striking and to a degree, risky. “If it’s all going right, then you go left. Why try and follow?” he said of this appearance. “I probably wouldn’t have got the Light Blue campaign if I looked like everyone else. They didn’t want a skinny guy, they wanted a masculine, Mediterranean-looking guy. I could say it was sheer brilliance on my part, but it wasn’t. You make your own luck.”

The Light Blue campaign, in which a hulking Gandy appears scantily clad on a yacht in Capri, was his breakout, and one that cemented his position as the face of D&G. It was a quick turnaround for the model: “There was no casting. I did the appared campaign with Steve Meisel for Dolce and then went to do the show in June. And then thy called up, and bearing in mind Dolce didn’t even know my name at this point, they wanted the guy who they think was called David, who was in the glasses for the Apparel shot, that’s who we want for Light Blue, that’s it. Cut to a week or two later and I’m on a boat with Mario Testino heading over to Crapri to go shoot it.

Despite having dated celebrities such as The Saturdays’ Mollie King, Gandy is shy, and admittedly very private in real-life. “I’m just a naturally quiet, under-the-radar person. I don’t tweet my dinner or let people know of my whereabouts. I don’t like being centre of attention and I hide how nervous I am. When I turn up to a red carpet, I still get butterflies. At the GQ Awards, I got nervous, lots of butterflies. Nine times out to ten, I want to say to the driver, “just keep going, I want to go home. “ Some people thrive on it. I think it was Cary Grant who said, “I wish I was that Cary Grant, because that’s the image you give out to other people.• But it’s not necessarily you. “Turns out, even the superhuman Gandy isn’t that different to the rest of us after all. 

So what’s next in the career of David Gandy: model, designer and luxury car aficionado? Not acting, according to the man himself. “There have been many offers. We were offered Fifty Shades of Grey, 300 2, Hercules, which a lot of people probably would have taken as actors, but I’m in the fortunate position where I like what I’m doing. I don’t feel the need to act. I know if you’re in a successful film, your status changes overnight. And I’m not saying I wouldn’t, I’ve read many parts that I’d love to play, things that I’ve chosen, not things that have been sent to me.”

“I’m always, always adapting, I’m never fully satisfied,” he insists. “You know what, sometimes I wish I would just enjoy the moment, and think, that’s great. But I’m always thinking. “Could I do another collaboration, could I work with another charity?” moving on and on and on. That’s what I thrive on personally. I’m in a business where I can do so many different things. I’m lucky. I want to break a record. I want to break the land speed record. There’s so much I want to do. My mind’s always racing…”

The international jet-setter does find time to relax occasionally. “When I’m at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, chilling out with the animals, or when I’m out driving, or when I’m with my family,” he says. “I haven’t had a holiday in a couple of years. Because stuff gets in the way, and opportunity comes that you can’t miss.“ With an enviable work ethic like that, Gandy’s meteoric rise becomes all the more explicable. 

David Gandy for Autograph is available in store and online now.

Source: Fashion London

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

David Gandy talks with ASEDAI during the Spanish GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014



He is one of the most wanted men of the moment and one of the most sought after international male models in the world. Brands like Zara, Gant USA, Hugo Boss, Russell & Bromley, H & M, Carolina Herrera, Massimo Dutti and, of course, Dolce & Gabbana know this and they have had the pleasure to work with him for different campaigns. Today, David Gandy has visited Spain again to receive, in this case, the GQ Best Model Award at the 20th anniversary of GQ Magazine’s party, held at the Westin Palace in Madrid where he has granted us this interview.



Question: What did you chose to wear for such a time like this?
Answer: I wanted to wear something new for these Spanish Awards so I chose a suit that fits the occasion. The most important thing is to wear a good suit. My favorites are the three-piece suits. Moreover, I always wear underwear my own brand.

Q: How do you feel most comfortable in jeans or with a suit?
A: It is a bit strange, I like the 'casual look'. When I have a day off, I usually wear jeans, a T-shirt or a sweater. But in events like this or when I am working, I prefer to wear a suit. Wear a suit is a defense against the outside world and it gives me great confidence. I wear wool suits in winter and linen suits in summer and besides, they are always bespoke suits.

Q : Do you like Spain? When did you come here for the first time?
A: About 10 or 11 years ago. My brother-in-law is Spanish, so my nephews are living in Southern Spain with my sister and I come to visit them whenever I can. I love its excellent climate. I love this country. I've been to Barcelona, ​​where I have great friends, and I love Madrid. But I prefer the climate of the south. Anyway, when I come normally it is for work, so I have little time to enjoy the country. Certainly, not as much as I would like.

Q: Which is the best prize you have won in your career?
A: I have never won any award in my own Country, they have always been internationals. Probably this would be the best.

Q: Which is your Spanish fashion designer par excellence?
A. I don’t know much about Spanish fashion to give you a specific name, but anyway now I design my own line of underwear working with 'Marks & Spencer'. So I hope to continue to do so, working with myself and not for anyone (laughs).

Q: What do you think about the Cristiano Ronaldo’s underwear range?
A: It is very different from mine. His is very vibrant and colorful and the brand stands out. Mine is much more discreet, subtle and with very high quality.

Q: Which will be your next move? Have you considered being an actor?
A: I've had many offers to act but nothing that really attracted to me to carry it out. They were roles or characters very obvious that didn´t call my attention. Moreover, I write journals, and I have developed an application for mobile fitness. I also help three or four charities and I have my own, called 'Blue Steel Appeal'.

Q: But you don’t give up your role as a model, is it true that you turned down the role of the film 'Fifty Shades of Grey' as has been said in some media?
A: I have never considered myself as a model. Moreover, in the field of interpretation, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has a very strong script, but the idea of ​​playing the character of Christian Grey didn’t attract me.

Q: You have rejected one of the most desired roles in the world of film right now, and one that have been offered only to handsome men, what do you do to keep you so fit?
A: I go to the gym at least an hour but I can’t always because of my work ... Now I should be doing weights! (Laughs), but I try to go an hour each day. Staying fit is tricky if you are not consistent.

Q: Do you eat anything you want?
A: Absolutely.

Q: What do you think when people say that you're the most handsome man in the world?
A: There are many handsome men in the world. There isn’t any male model that I love so I can’t say anyone, but I don’t consider myself the most handsome in the world.

Q: What style do you prefer? ¿Letizia Ortiz or Kate Middleton?
A: These are two very elegant styles and I support both. Personally, I like the style of Queen Letizia.

Source: ASEDAI

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Spanish GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014

Madrid dressed up last night for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014 which was at the same time the celebration of  the 20th anniversary of GQ magazine in Spain. A night dedicated to the recognition of male achievements in the worlds of sport, style and philanthropy.

The handsome model attended to receive the GQ Men of The Year Awards - Best Male Model and caught the eye as he made his way into Madrid’s Palace Hotel wearing a dapper tuxedo with a blue and black satin dinner jacket by Duchamp London, bow tie and derby shoes that fill up with glamorous 'black' carpet photocall.

Known as the international face of Dolce & Gabbana, he shares the stage with well known faces of fim, TV or sports who have shown an important work during the 2014 like Jonathan W. Anderson, Jeremy Hackett, El Greco Foundation, Elisa Sednaoui, Greenpeace, Pablo Motos, José Coronado, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, Carles Puyol and Carlos Fernández.

Among the VIP attendees were Malena Costa, Aridne Artiles, Silvia Abascal, Alex Dellal. Ana Polvorosa, Manuela Velasco, Adrián Lastra, Ana Fernánde, Helen Svedin, Celestino García or Juan Betancourt and, the event was hosted by Manuela Velasco.





Guests were interviewed by Rodrigo Tarragona during the party 
(Video - Click on the picture to play)
Source: Vogue.es, RevistaGQ.com, Corbisimages.com, Zimbio.com, Dailymail.co.uk