Why Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Collection candles light my fire

DGFF_Velvet Candle_WOOD_high resWith Christmas just around the corner a lot of men I know (and a fair few women) are already in a slight panic about what to buy their loved ones, so here’s a tip from me: how about a candle from the Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Collection? Scented candles are always a good bet for women (my mum loves them) but an increasing number of men are appreciating what they can bring to the home too. Luxury-with-a-wick, this particular collection features a range of scented candles based around the high-end Dolce & Gabbana  Velvet Collection fragrances. Hence, there’s Velvet Wood, which is warm and resinous, and Velvet Desire – a heady floral number my mum would adore. What impresses most about these particular candles, though, is their attention to detail. Not only is the outer packaging excellent, the jars look fantastic (each also one comes in a silk drawstring bag) and – best of all – there’s a snuffer lid too. Definitely worth putting on your Christmas list.

Available exclusively from Harrods, priced £60

Dolce & Gabbana announce Colin Farrell as the face of their latest men’s fragrance

COLIN FARRELL DOLCE & GABBANA INTENSODolce & Gabbana have announced that actor Colin Farrell is to be the face of their new fragrance for men, Intenso, so expect to see lots more of him over the coming months as the campaign ramps up in the UK. Apparently, he was chosen because he’s the “perfect embodiment of male strength and sensuality.” Which may well be true but I still reckon he looks a bit like Kevin from Corrie.

Dolce & Gabbana’s The One Sport enters the male fragrance arena with gladiator-themed campaign

Billed as a fragrance for the modern gladiator (for which read contemporary narcissist) Dolce & Gabbana’s The One Sport, launching in the UK today, is described as being ‘fresh and clean with a musky base’ – very much how campaign model Adam Senn smells I suspect. Clearly someone at Dolce & Gabbana’s ad agency was a huge fan of Spartacus: Blood and Sand since the marketing is all about the gladiatorial spirit and is shot in an acient roman amphitheatre. Just look at the video below though. I mean, I know the ancient games were the ultimate contact sport but who’d have thought that the contact in question would be so predominantly with oneself?

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.