Not every beauty executive would relish being compared to a teenager, but Estée Lauder group president John Demsey takes it for the compliment it is. Demsey is a voracious consumer of pop culture, with an astonishing feel for who (and what) is hip, hot and happening in the worlds of music, movies, celebrity, style, art, fashion and photography. In his stewardship of brands like MAC and Estée Lauder, he has proven himself equally adept at translating that knowledge directly into sales. Spend any time with him, and what becomes immediately clear is that Demsey is a man in perpetual motion, who is equally as comfortable crunching numbers with the chief executive officer of Saks Fifth Avenue as he is whispering conspiratorially with pop star Nicki Minaj as he leads her to a front-row seat at a fashion show.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"