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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Source: & Glass Magazine

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