NEW YORK — Two days after inking a deal with Tom Ford, Estee Lauder’s John Demsey and Thia Breen are expected to unveil another step today in the venerable brand’s continuing evolution by naming a slew of executives to new posts.
“We have a wealth of talent and ability in this organization, and we are recognizing that and rewarding it,” said Demsey, who is global president of the Estee Lauder brand and holds the same role for MAC Cosmetics, to WWD on Thursday. “These executives have all made long-standing contributions to this brand.”
Daniel Annese, currently vice president of marketing for Estee Lauder North America, has been named senior vice president and general manager of Estee Lauder International, effective June 1. Annese, who will report to Demsey, replaces Mark Loomis, who has been named president of Estée Lauder Japan.
“Daniel has had a unique set of experiences in working on the Estée Lauder brand,” said Demsey, citing Annese’s experience in skin care and fragrance marketing, training and development and other areas. “His skill set and orientation in terms of the development of the brand makes him a great partner in carrying out the Estée Lauder vision around the world. He has an amazing way of ascertaining the marketplace and knows how to mobilize resources and move them to the next level.”
Replacing Annese as vice president of marketing for Lauder in North America is Marjorie Lau, currently vice president of global skin care marketing for the Lauder brand. Previous to assuming that role, Lau was vice president of skin care marketing at Estee Lauder North America. Lau will report to Breen, Lauder’s president of North American business, and will take over her new position June 1.
Alicia Valencia, who is vice president of strategic planning, will become vice president of sales and marketing, Latin America and Hispanic markets, for Estee Lauder, effective June 1. The new position integrates the Latin-American and U.S. Hispanic markets, reflecting their increasing market share of the Lauder brand, said Breen, to whom Valencia will report. “Alicia has been doing a lot of research in our Hispanic markets, seeing how we can communicate in the best way with this consumer,” said Breen. “The Hispanic market is extremely important to the brand and Alicia’s appointment reflects that.” Demsey agreed, calling the Hispanic market “a real area of opportunity” and “critical to Estée Lauder.”Beth Zurn, who has most recently been executive director of talent development for corporate management strategies and who is also a 12-year veteran of Clinique’s educational department, has been named vice president of education, North America, for the Lauder brand, also a new role. Her appointment is effective May 1. Previously, a now-departed vice president, Susan Flint, had overseen the brand’s educational programs on a global basis; the two roles have now been separated. A new global vice president of education has not yet been named.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast