MODEL AND STYLE ICON
The provocative Dolce & Gabbana ‘Light Blue’ ad – shot by Mario Testino – sealed David Gandy’s place as one of the world’s top male models. He’s also blogged for Vogue and reviewed cars for GQ, acted alongside Helena Christensen in a film for W Hotels and recently launched an iPhone app offering style advice for men.
“I want to bring back a classical approach to style. Somewhere along the line, guys have started wearing the same looks, losing their own flair. Style is easy to miss, but easy to obtain. Every year, Dolce & Gabbana have a style icon – such as Paul Newman or Brian Ferry – and there’s a reason those guys always stood out. You can get your own take on that very easily.
There’s such a tradition in London for tailoring and Savile Row style to look back on, and if you mix that classic style with the contemporary approach we now have in London fashion, you can really do something
“I love the history of London. Mix that with the fact it’s always changing, always moving forward, and constantly feels modern and new, it makes it an amazing city. London has a distinct intelligence. It’s also such a diverse city. You’ve got all these different districts. And, no matter how long you’ve lived here, there’s always something new to discover, even round the corner. I live in Fulham, and there’s a fantastic little place called Bishops Park, right by the river, that a lot of people don’t even know about.”
ON THE E-TYPE
“I grew up in a Jaguar family, going on European trips in the back of the XJ6. The E-type is almost a brand in its own right. Even people who don’t know about cars would name it in a top 10. I love the classic lines – the long bonnet and the haunch. They’re timeless. I drove an E-type five years ago, and it was amazing. Radically different to a modern car, but a character like nothing else.”