When it comes to putting together a dream team of top talent, few in the beauty industry can rival the Lauder family. Here, executive chairman William Lauder reveals what he looks for in an all-star.
1. IT’S NOT THEM. IT’S YOU Building a great team takes an extraordinary amount of patience and long-term dedication in cultivating an environment that attracts the best people, retains them and helps them to grow and thrive within the organization. It takes a great deal of focus, dedication and great thinking. You have to create environments that are stimulating and enjoyable to the people who you’re working with, so they look forward to coming to work, and where they see a future for their growth and opportunity and a path to future success. 2. CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER We look for intelligence, curiosity, commitment, motivation, a diversity of thought and background in knowledge and experience. We look for people who are curious in their ability to learn and grow. We look for people with flexibility of thought so they can learn and adapt to new challenges. I’m always looking for someone who is curious, so they fit into what we consider to be a learning organization.
3. NETWORK SOLUTIONS I’ve met people in so many different places. I once met someone skiing, on the chair lift. We got to know each other by skiing together all afternoon. It’s about networking and getting to know people, understanding who is really good and who you’d like to work with someday, so that when the right opportunity comes along, you can pick up the phone and say, “We’ve always talked about doing this. What do you think?”
4. QUESTION TIME I need to understand what makes someone tick: What are their ambitions for themselves, regardless of how old they are or their experience. I like to ask people how they got where they are, what their experiences are, what motivates them, what are the points of inflection in their career path. I don’t think that there is any question that is overrated or underrated. It’s not the question that matters. It’s the answer. 5. LET FREEDOM RING I like to spend a great deal of time [discussing] their passions away from work. It’s a very instructive conversation, to engage someone on what motivates them on their own time. That helps me to understand a lot about their curiosity, willingness to learn and commitment to something which is entirely optional.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye