Meet Dolce & Gabbana's new model, Mariano di Vaio
Words by Rob Chilton
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Men's make-up and borrowing his wife's skin creams - we talk grooming
Mariano di Vaio reveals his bathroom habits (and talks about footballers' haircuts) as he launches D&G's new fragrance, K.
Yeah, from north to south Italian guys are well-groomed. Naples is probably the most advanced because they have a history of barbershops. The best ideas for hairstyles come from Naples.
I honestly think it will grow a lot. Men’s grooming is a massive business and make-up will grow if men are able to destroy this taboo. If your skin looks good, it can boost your confidence a lot.
Yeah, my wife is addicted to skincare so she gives me lots of stuff to try. We only have one body so you have to take care of it. Do I want to look dead and old when I’m 50?
Once a week to 10 days. I experiment a lot; I dyed my hair white six weeks ago because I’d never tried it – I felt like a rock star. It’s amazing how your hair can change the way you stand and the way you feel.
I once tried to fade my own hair but I made a mess so I don’t do it anymore. But I love cutting my kids’ hair; I cut my son’s hair for this photoshoot actually!
Definitely. In the schoolyard today you’ll see 10 Dries Mertens, 10 Lorenzo Insignes and 10 Ronaldos. In Italy footballers are idols. When I was a kid you saw football posters on the walls of barbershops, not male models.
I work out a lot so I often get a deep tissue massage to help me recover. I don’t swim because the chlorine is terrible for my skin. I drink a lot of water when I exercise; I feel like men forget to drink water and our skin and hair dries out.
I went to the lab in Paris because I was really interested to see how it works. I thought it was easy – just mix this with that – but what they do is so complex. I’m picky about fragrances and I have a well-trained nose so it was kind of scary to do this campaign to be honest because I have to wear this fragrance and I thought it was going to be very commercial. But actually I love it.
It was in beautiful Montepulciano in Tuscany and it was really fun because my wife and kid, Nathan, are in the campaign. Nathan wasn’t even two years old then. He thought the shoot was a big game.
I live in Perugia on the edge of Tuscany and the funny thing is that this is the biggest job of my modelling career and it was just 30 minutes from my house. I ride my motorcycle all over that area every Sunday.
I first worked with them a year and a half ago. I was chilling with my dad at his house and suddenly Stefano Gabbana called me and said he’d love me and my wife to walk their runway show. We thought, why not? It was a beautiful thing to do together. We can look back on the photo 50 years from now.
I think we have values that match quite well: where you come from, hard work, family. I get a lot of that from my dad. He’s my biggest advisor.
At the beginning, he couldn’t understand it. One day, an electric car turned up at our house that I was reviewing and my dad went mad! He phoned the company to find out what was going on and who was paying for this. He thought he was going to get in trouble and would have to pay for the car. I had to explain the situation to him. Now he gets it.
K is the new fragrance from Dolce & Gabbana, AED 323 for 50ml; Instagram @marianodivaio
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