During a lunch at the Four Seasons’ famed Pool Room on Tuesday, Leonard Lauder, chairman of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., toasted what he called two icons of his company: the newest version of the company’s venerable Advanced Night Repair skin care, and the man behind its creation, longtime employee Daniel Maes.
Maes, senior vice president of research and development worldwide for the Estée Lauder Cos., will retire from the company July 1 after a 22-year tenure.
“Dr. Maes has worked on more than 100 products and 24 patents during his time at the company,” said Lauder, adding, “we are here to celebrate Dr. Maes for his genius and his devotion to the company.” His technologies are found in many of the brand’s best-selling products, including Advanced Night Repair, Idealist, Perfectionist CP+, Resilience Lift Extreme and Re-Nutriv Ultimate and Intensive. His areas of expertise include DNA repair, glycation, collagen synthesis and skin barrier function.
“I’m very grateful that the Estée Lauder Cos. have given me freedom of research — that is what research is all about,” said Maes. “It’s not just about commercial applications. And that is when you come up with the best new ideas — it’s a gut feeling, not copying a competitor.”
Maes, 65, was born in Belgium and raised in France, holds a master of science degree in nuclear chemistry from the University of Paris, and earned his Ph.D in nuclear chemistry from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His first order of business after his retirement will be to sail his 50-foot boat, The Princess of Tides, to Saint Maartin to leisurely explore all the islands in the area with his wife, he said. “I will have to learn to live slowly,” he said. “That will be quite an exercise at the beginning.” Eventually, Maes hopes to sail his boat from the U.S. to the Mediterranean Sea, a three-week journey, he said. He and his wife plan to spend the winters in a town near Cannes, France, and the summers in Long Island, where they currently reside. “Five minutes near the water always resets my clock,” said Maes.
“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