British model David Gandy on his summer style.
Swimming in Lipari and Sunset in Salina sound like the makings of a heavenly holiday. In sharing his summer style, British model David Gandy discusses wine, travel and the limited edition Light Blue fragrances from Dolce & Gabbana
How do you feel about the new Light Blue Sunset in Salina fragrance for women?
It’s actually my favourite one; it’s very feminine and warm. I was also surprised by the colour, as normally I would associate it with male fragrances, so I think it’s quite interesting.
What memories do the new scent evoke for you?
No matter what fragrance from the Light Blue collection it is, it will always take me back to the first campaign that we shot with Mario Testino. It was such a brilliant experience and without that shoot I wouldn’t be where I am today. Every time I smell the fragrance it reminds me of those moments.
What are your travel essentials?
My Macbook, as I have to do a lot of writing. There’s usually an architecture or interior design magazine in my bag, too. As I travel a lot for work, my skin gets very dry, so I’ve started using the SK-II skincare line and some organic rose oil to keep it moisturised.
Have you visited the Aeolian Islands, specifically Salina and Lipari?
Yes—the Mediterranean is so beautiful and the Aeolian Islands are exceptional. Salina and Lipari each have their own charm and offer different things. Lipari is a nice destination if you prefer a busier atmosphere with beautiful beaches. I would suggest Salina for its famed Malvasia wines. Both places have real soul and capture the essence of summer.
Can you tell us about some of your favourite wines?
Gavi di Gavi is my favourite white wine and Barolo is one of my favourite reds. My absolutely favourite red wine though is Luigi Bosca, a blend of many different wines from 2005.
How would you describe your perfect summer day?
One that includes delicious food, even better wine and of course, friends to share it with. Also, a true summer day to me is to take a drive through the beautiful countryside in my classic car. When the weather is beautiful in London, it is simply the best city in the world. A sunset walk on a warm summer’s evening along the Thames is my idea of bliss.
Sunset or sunrise?
For me, it’s definitely the sunset. This may be the case because I’m not a morning person, though, so I rarely ever see the sun rising.
When you’re on holiday, do you prefer to swim in a pool or in the sea?
There’s something really special about swimming in the ocean, particularly when the sea is warm and the air is salty. It’s a great way to feel connected to nature.