English uber model David Gandy hits Australia for Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue scent

FROM vowing never to do a fashion show ever again, Essex-born uber model David Gandy is the real deal.

Clever, charming, down-to-earth, witty, and yes, yes, yes, handsome, this 35-year-old is one clever cookie.

“When I did my first fashion week in Milan when I was 22, which I hoped to be my last, as fashion weeks are just horrendous,” says David.

“I vowed never to do it again. You’re treated like cattle.

“Not by Dolce & Gabbana, as they have a very different way as they have a very small casting of people they choose. You go to the offices and it’s all very civilised.

“But I couldn’t believe some castings where they have 400 guys lined up and they all try on the same sweaty T-shirts that has been tried on by the last 300 guys.

“The Dolce show was the only one I did in my first season and the association continued before we negotiated the Light Blue campaign and the relationship has built and continued and grown from there.”

It was after the huge success of being the face for Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue men’s scent when a whole lot of other fashion houses came calling, hoping to get some dandy Gandy in their fashion shows.

“But hang on,’’ says David.

“I thought ‘where the hell were you guys when I was first here’? So no thanks very much!

“It’s the absolute loyalty between the two parties and there is a real loyalty between Dolce and me and that’s how I only like to operate.

“I don’t understand models who do one campaign and then they do all their rivals as well. You have to be clever about what you do.”

David echoes the words of fellow model Cindy Crawford when it come to brand loyalty.

“She says ‘I never want a one-night stand with a brand, I want a marriage’ and I think that sums it up perfectly.”

As the face of the Dolce & Gabbana’s fragrance (that many women have taken a shine to as well) the globally renowned model is on a fleeting visit to Australia.

“I was in the studio for GQ yesterday here and I then actually had 4 hours of walking which I never, ever do,” he smiled.

“I feel guilty for doing that but is was just such a brilliant few hours of wandering to get a feel of Sydney.”

David, who is (allegedly) dating The Saturdays singer Mollie King, says he is not an avid social media user and you won’t see him splashed over gossip sites in constant party mode.

“I use social media purely for my work,’’ he says.

“You cannot be seen in the wrong places or with the wrong people as everyone is now paparazzi at the end of the day. One wrong image can ruin your whole brand.

“I put up the things on social media I am working on but I am very protective about my private life.

“I reply to people who support you and are loyal to you but I am very reticent to expose too much of my ‘other’ life.”

The Essex-born bona fide supermodel puts his success down to brand loyalty but it is his fitness and physique (obviously) that David has become as well-known. Let’s face it, the campaign pics are testament to that.

“Health starts in the kitchen,’’ says David.

“It is all about what you put into your body. I really, really do avoid processed anything.

“Only you can be in control of your own body and your own brand.”

As for the current state of the Rugby World Cup, David grimaces when we talk about the performance of his home team, England.

“That’s why I’m here at least!” he smiles.

“You guys are looking very good. But I can’t put any money on you, I mean, I am an Englishman!”

Philanthropy is something David is incredibly aware of and uses what contacts and time he has to help out wherever and whenever he can.

“Look, it’s fashion, we’re not curing cancer but if I can help charity and younger brands and can use my ‘celebrity’ then I am happy.”

And with that, he takes in his Sydney Harbour view one more time heads off to talk the talk.

David Gandy’s tips for looking good and staying healthy:

• Everything starts in the kitchen and it’s everything in moderation

• Stay away from processed foods, processed meats or packaged foods

• Stay away from white bread, pastas, high saturated fats and high sugars

• Exercise and getting your body in shape is all about repetition

• Crunches are a load of crock: “If you want to do the plank do it but your abs don’t just get into shape with crunches. Light weights and body weights are the things to do in repetition. Do ten of each and a stop for 45 seconds and just keep going. It’s all about repetition.”

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

Box office hit musical, Aladdin, heading to Australia . . .

DISNEY’S Aladdin, the cult musical comedy based on the classic Academy Award-winning animated film, will open in Australia in 2016.

Musical mogul and President and Producer of Disney Theatrical, Thomas Schumacher, flew in from New York to officially unveil plans of the musical that has been described by credible theatre critics as “awesome”, “jaw-dropping”, “fabulous and extravagant” and “Broadway magic”.

Having seen the musical in New York earlier this year, this writer thinks it is all this and much more. Aladdin is pure, A-grade entertainment and even better, proves that a night at the theatre is the perfect antidote to sitting on your smart phone around a restaurant table or on the lounge at home all night.

“You know, we are very excited to be partnering once again with the New South Wales Government and Destination NSW on Aladdin which is our third Disney production to premiere in Sydney,’’ said Mr Schumacher. (The other three successful Disney musicals that have done well in Australia include The Lion King, Beauty & The Beast and Mary Poppins.)

“Director Casey Nicholaw and his team have created an entertainment as full of heart as it is joy and I cannot wait until we get to play it in Sydney, one of the world’s great theatre cities.”

Mr Schumacher says Australians are a big musical going population and knows they are going to love the show here.

“It’s big and it’s colourful and it’s funny plus it is also very honest and heartfelt,’’ he told news.com.au

“Our job is now to find actors who can nails the role and who are hot and beautiful.

“These people are trained like athletes. There is no pre-recording and it is pure talent that shines and ultimately leaves totally satisfied.”

The New South Wales Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is the partner of the Disney box office smash.

“This is a real coup for NSW and we anticipate Aladdin will bring more than 120,000 visitors to Sydney, generating $39 million for the NSW economy,’’ says NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres.

“Disney Theatrical has a long and successful history of producing first-rate musical theatre productions here in Australia and we are thrilled to announce that Sydney’s magnificent Capitol Theatre will be the venue for the Australian premiere of this huge Broadway hit.”

Mr Schumacher says it is such a multicultural cast so there is great scope to have such a wide-range of performers.

“In an era where everyone’s head is stuck in their smart phone or on their tablets or on their computers, it just makes great sense to immerse yourself in pure theatre and entertainment,” he adds.

The show is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

The musical is adapted from the hugely popular Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” and is has been celebrated for bringing fresh theatrical life into the idea of a musical.

Aladdin opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20th in 2014 and quickly established itself as the biggest blockbuster in recent years with a million people seeing it and breaking eight New Amsterdam Theatre house records.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.

“My happiest moments are sitting there and watching anything in the theatre and this job was always my dream job. I love what I do and do what I love,’’ adds Mr Schumacher.

“Then I go home and feed the cows and that just brings me way back down to earth!”

The film has won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song. The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

So, Australia, get out your Aladdin lamps and put the show on your bucket list.

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Girard-Perregaux and the $1.6 million watch. Wow.

September 2015 – Luxury Swiss watchmakers, Girard-Perregaux, this month launch the High Jewellery timepiece in their Cat’s Eye collection.

Retailing for $1.6million, the Cat’s Eye High Jewellery watch dial, case and bracelet are entirely fashioned from white gold. A total of 645 diamonds give a contemporary, racy character – all emerald-cut, bar one ‘rose’-cut diamond in the heart of the crown. Nearly 50 carats of precious stones make up the timepiece, making this one of the rarest watches in existence.

With each piece taking over 120 hours to create, the Cat’s Eye High Jewellery timepiece was created with true craftsmanship afforded by Girard-Perregaux being elite members of the historic Swiss Manufactures de Haute Horlogerie.

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Qantas and Barbie join forces to showcase uniforms from over the years

Qantas has recruited the world’s most iconic plastic couple to model its uniforms from across the decades as part of its 95th birthday celebrations. The airline has launched a unique and slightly quirky pop-up exhibition at its Sydney Qantas Club featuring a collection of 44 Barbie and Ken dolls all wearing their own bespoke Qantas uniforms.
The exhibition is the start of a number of initiatives to mark the airline’s 95th birthday in November. It showcases the changing fashions of the times from the 1920s, when open cockpit flying meant Qantas pilots wore flying googles and leather clothing to stay warm, to the flamboyant prints of the “air hostess” uniforms during the 70’s.

The collection is a labour of love by the late Mr John Willmott–Potts, a former Qantas long haul flight attendant who put together the uniforms over a 22 year period and matched them to Barbie and Ken dolls from a similar era.  Mr Willmott-Potts passed away in 2010 and donated his collection to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney.

Qantas asked Australian born, Paris-based designer, Martin Grant to create a mini version of the current Qantas uniform that was launched last year to update the collection. The airline will gift the new pieces to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences to add to the collection.

The dolls were originally used as part of a travelling interactive history lesson called ‘Stitches in Time’ that Mr Willmott-Potts delivered to schools and libraries in rural NSW.

Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth said the pop-up exhibition celebrates 95 years of pilot and flight attendant fashion for the airline.

“This collection is truly something quite special and the fact that a former Qantas crew member personally created these uniforms as a hobby shows the passion our people have for the airline. We’re excited to share them with customers as we prepare to mark our anniversary, especially given they have never been on display as a formal exhibition before.

“There are some eye catching uniforms that form part of our 95 year history, including the bright green and blue floral patterned Pucci dresses from the mid to late 1970s, to the bomber jackets with fur trimmed collars worn by Qantas pilots before the second World War. Special mention to the Yves Saint Laurent flight attendant uniform from the late 80s with its oversized shoulder pads and heavy gold trim that was right on trend during that era”.

Qantas will display the 44 dolls for a four week period in the Sydney Qantas Club.

Jerry Hall heading to Australia as Mrs Robinson in The Graduate

KNOWN for her magnificent long blonde mane, long legs and high profile marriage to Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, the Texan model and actress Jerry Hall is heading back to Australia.

Ms Hall will reprise her role as Mrs Robinson in the well-known movie and now play, The Graduate.

Having once shared an apartment with Grace Jones, been engaged to Bryan Ferry and going on to have four children with Mick Jagger, the life of Ms Hall has certainly been an interesting one.

Jerry and Mick’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger, 23, has continued the famous route of her parents, having successfully established herself in the modelling world.

The 59-year-old celebrated model and actress will reprise her role as seductress Mrs Robinson for the very last time in the Sydney season of The Graduate, having come a very long way since being discovered on the beach in St Tropez in the 70s.

Impressing audiences in this iconic piece of American culture in the West End, Toronto, Broadway, North America, Perth and Melbourne, Jerry Hall will make her way to Sydney Lyric Theatre next year.

“I am so thrilled the stars have finally aligned and I am bringing the sultry Mrs Robinson to Sydney,’’ says Ms Hall.

“As this will be the last time I play this role it makes the Sydney season very special to me.

“I have always loved Sydney so I am very much looking forward to returning next year with this amazing production of The Graduate and to spend time in your glorious city.”

The NSW Government says it is delighted to have secured the farewell season of The Graduate through the tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

“We anticipate the production will deliver more than $1.6 million to the NSW economy,’’ said the NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

“As Australia’s home of live performance, Sydney is the perfect location to farewell this iconic production and we look forward to welcoming Jerry Hall and The Graduate cast and crew to Sydney in 2016.”

Further to her role as Mrs. Robinson, Jerry Hall has numerous theatre credits to her name, including originating the role of Sugar in Bud Shrake’s Benchmark, directed by Michael Rudman at the New End Theatre in Hampstead.

She also has had roles in the U.S. and West End productions of Bus Stop, the West End productions of The Vagina Monologues and The Play What I Wrote. She was the guest star with the North American Tour of The Vagina Monologues in Austin, Texas, and toured England with Picasso’s Women, a 52-minute monologue. Jerry also performed in the West End hit production of Calendar Girls.

Sharing the stage with Ms Hall, who will turn 60 next year, and starring as the young, wide-eyed Benjamin Braddock is Tim Dashwood.

Tim has been working as an actor since graduating from University in 2005 and has performed extensively with the Queensland Theatre Company in productions including Managing Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnestand The Exception and The Rule.

The stage play of The Graduate is adapted from Charles Webb’s novel and the Oscar winning film, The Graduate about a coming of age story as well as being a dark comedy.

It is also set against a soundtrack of some of the most memorable songs of the sixties including Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys, Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson and of course, The Sound Of Silence and Mrs Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel.

The Graduate is adapted and originally directed by Terry Johnson, from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.

This production will be produced in Australia by Kay & McLean Productions, Michael Coppel Theatrical and Jerry Hall while it was originally commissioned and produced on the London and Broadway stage by impresario John Reid and Sacha Brooks and has been a huge success wherever it has played.

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