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.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion