David Gandy on good grooming…. and what he envies about other men.

DAVID GANDYApart from David Beckham I can’t think of another Brit that looks as well groomed as model David Gandy. Surprisingly, though, the man himself is remarkably low maintenance, something I discovered when I played a little word association game with him earlier today. Reassuringly, I also discovered that even although he’s as near-perfect a masculine specimen as you’ll ever find, even he’s not 100% there. In fact, there’s one physical attribute many men take for granted that he’s rather jealous of…

Dolce&Gabbana Ligh BlueGG: Okay David. Let’s play a little game around the subject of male grooming. I’ll give you a word and you tell me what thoughts pop into your mind.

DG: “Ok, I’ll give it a go!”

GG: “Fragrance”

DG:  “Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue of course. The fact is, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that iconic ad with the white trunks! It’s where it all started for me and is what led me to where I am today.”

GG: “Hair”

DG: “Yes! Have some! Actually my hair has a life of its own. It’s so thick and curly it can be a real nightmare.  Luckily I have a guy called Larry King who looks after it for me. Everyone in America laughs when I say Larry King does my hair. I have to explain to them, no, not that Larry King!”

GG: “Shaving”

“I don’t. Well, I don’t wet shave anyway. Haven’t for years. I just maintain a little bit of stubble with a beard trimmer.”

DavidGandyGG: “Manscaping”

DG: “Hey! That’s my word! It’s one of my favourites. You’ve got to get a bit of manscaping in there I think. Absolutely!” (note David’s always-tidy trunkline).

GG: “Skincare”

DG: “Organic Rosehip Oil. I mentioned this a while back in an interview and everyone’s gone wild about it ever since. A make-up artist introduced me to it and it’s absolutely fantasic for hydrating skin – especially if you’ve been on a long flight.”

GG: “Fingernails”

DG: “Never polish them! I’m all for male grooming – and it’s important to keep your fingernails – and toenails – tidy, but highly polished fingernails on men? Noooooo.”

GG: “Beards”

DG: “Jealous. You know, I really wish I could grow a beard but I can’t. I have a friend who has a great one but if I try to grow one it’s just patchy – like a badly maintained lawn! I wish there was a Miracle-Gro for beards!”

GG: “Handsome”

DG: “Paul Newman”

GG: “Must-have”

DG: “Fragrance. I think it’s essential to find something you love and that suits your personality. And something women find attractive obviously!”

David Gandy also writes for Telegraph Men 

The Telegraph launches Telegraph Men – a new digital channel for men

630660682d718648ce4827d0d265c896Given that nearly 60% of The Telegraph‘s online readers are male it’s a surprise that it’s never had a channel aimed squarely at men (there’s a very good women’s one after all). Thankfully, though, that has all changed today with the launch of Telegraph Men

telegraphA fantastic new digital channel for the modern man it brings together an experienced team of experts to write about everything from motors, modern manners and fitness to sex, relationships and (crucially) how to open a bottle of wine with nothing but a shoe. There’s also a whole section dedicated to Fashion & Style with columnists like David Gandy, Oliver Spencer and, covering all things male grooming, moi.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be addressing a whole range of grooming issues, offering tips, advice and opinion so if you care about skincare, style or –  for that matter – any aspect of being a man, make sure you check out Telegraph Men and to keep up with my grooming column click here. Oh, and if there are any topics you’d like covered just drop me a line!

David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana: an eye-popping read

I’ve said before that I’ve never really understood the appeal of  Dolce & Gabbana house model David Gandy. But then, this morning I was lucky enough to be the recipient of the new coffee table tome that is David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana and even I have been won over. It is, in all fairness, an astonishing book. But it’s more than that  – it’s also an astonishing historical document, providing a vivid and provocative (mostly nude or semi-nude) snapshot of the modern male.

Flick through this lavish oversized piece of adporn and you’re instantly reminded how complex and confusing that man is: rugged and honed yet soft and gentle; tough yet sensitive; straight but very, very gay; absolutely available but utterly aloof. We hear so much about modern women wanting it all yet these images reveal that men’s desire to be and have everything is just as strong.

Next to Beckham, of course, Gandy is the ultimate face of modern, multi-faceted masculinity. His ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue (a fragrance now celebrating its tenth anniversary) is one of the few truly iconic campaigns of in the last twenty years and is a testement not just to Gandy’s forceful good looks but Dolce & Gabbana’s foresight in seeing his potential as a contemporary icon.

Whilst other fragrances  scramble around to find a face – any face – to front their campaigns (Jared Leto anyone?) Dolce & Gabbana hit on a man who’s a true blank canvas for the fantasies of both men and women. The funny thing is that  Light Blue itself is merely an okay scent, not an amazing or revolutionary one. This book, then, photographic foreplay though it is, is undisputable proof that sometimes it’s the face (and pecs and buttocks and thighs) that matters anyway,  not the fragrance.

David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana is available from Dolce & Gabbana boutiques worldwide.  Here are a few images to whet your appetite. 

Take a gander at Gandy

Personally, I can’t really see what all the fuss about David Gandy is but for those of you who can, Dolce & Gabbana are commemorating the 10th anniversary of their Light Blue fragrance by displaying a mahoosive version of the famous campaign ad on the IMAX building. To whet your appetite, here’s a behind-the-scenes shot.

It’s only there until 24th July though so if you want to see those famous pecs looking even bigger, check it out.