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

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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.

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