Granddaughter of Estée Lauder, to whom she is often compared in style, flair, and a bred-in-the-bone instinct for the beauty business.
Has worked 19 years for the family-run , moving up the ranks from product marketing to creative director. Now the company's style and image consultant.
SPREADING HER WINGS
Launching her own luxury lifestyle brand, AERIN, in 2012: a beauty line, a home line, accessories, jewelry, and eyewear.
Effortless style for women on the go who want things made simple.
Estée herself: "It's very feminine, but translated for the 'now' generation — heritage with a contemporary twist."
AERIN will be a runaway success.
THEN TO NOW
salesman; president of ; co-CEO of .
Reinvented the company by changing the entire product line from retro-inspired bric-a-brac to high-end, handcrafted home furnishings.
A very particular mix of French, Americana, Regency, Baroque, industrial, mid-century, and aviator chic, showcased in tens of thousands of retail square footage and a 616-page "magalog."
WHAT'S COMING IN 2012
A tableware collection and his biggest store yet — 40,000 square feet — in a legendary Boston building that originally housed the city's Museum of Natural History. With innovations like a floral boutique, tea atelier, bibliothèque, and rooftop garden in some stores, he's bound to keep pushing the envelope.
He's a self-taught painter. She's a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Married for 13 years.
HOW THEY STARTED
Designing and styling booths for gift-industry trade shows.
WHAT THEY REALIZED
They had a talent for branding a company, giving it a visual identity.
WHO THEY'VE WORKED FOR
BoBo Intriguing Objects, Palecek, Natural Curiosities, Cisco Brothers, and Donna Karan, among others.
WHAT THEY DO NOW
Style directors for and , furniture companies where English boarding school meets rock 'n' roll.
Hanging 50 typewriters on a wall; spreading 10,000 rose petals throughout a store.
WHERE TO FROM HERE?
There's no stop sign for their theatrical ingenuity.
Fourth-generation scion of the Mansour rug dynasty. Steeped in the tradition of fine antique carpets: his family's company has the largest collection in the world.
HIS SPECIAL GIFT
Combines an artist's eye, a craftsman's precision, a photographic memory for things that inspire him, an undying passion for rug making, and a fresh perspective.
Opened in Los Angeles, showcasing a contemporary collection of luxurious rugs. A new modernizes ancient motifs.
A serene, clean-lined look.
Hint: Expanding his collections and company "drastically."
Computer science. Dropped out to work for a small Web design company. Went back, majored in fashion design.
Color Theory. Found it so boring, he built a Web site, , six years ago to make color fun for people.
Recruited to work for Microsoft Live Labs.
FOLLOWED HIS BLISS
Left his job two years ago to focus on Colourlovers, a site for creating and sharing colors, palettes, and patterns.
Nearly 2 million visitors a month. Now the biggest color resource on the Web.
MORE TO COME IN 2012
Launching a marketplace for creating products, such as turning a pattern into fabric.
To make design super-simple and accessible to everyone.
Politician, Democrat, first female and first openly gay speaker of the New York City Council.
For being a straight shooter. For negotiating a budget that saved teachers' jobs and 20 fire companies from closing. For creative thinking in these tough economic times.
MAKING LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS
Spearheaded a program to turn empty buildings and stalled construction sites into affordable housing. Championed the revitalization of a dying marketplace in Harlem that was once a major venue for hundreds of vendors.
She'll succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor in 2013.
After years of lobbying for same-sex marriage, she'll marry her partner of 10 years in 2012.
Started out working for his brother in the shoe business. Spent 15 years at his parents' company, .
HIS REAL PASSION
Took over in 2010 as CEO of , the largest retailer of modern furniture in the world.
PLAN OF ACTION
Stop doing knockoffs. Collaborate with top designers to develop original products. Launch new designers. Tightly curate the collection and keep it fresh.
Has made authentic modern design more accessible.
STILL TO COME
Launching new designs by David Weeks, Brad Ascalon, Nick Dine, Jeffrey Bernett. Relaunching designs by Milo Baughman. Introducing products from Muuto and Gubi.
Designed a retro-glam interior for the 1940s Avalon Hotel in L.A.
Created a new look — a maximalist-hip, modern version of Hollywood Regency, spawning a slew of imitators.
Besides her , has a home accessories boutique at Bergdorf Goodman and designs fabrics for Lee Jofa, rugs for the Rug Company, china for Pickard.
Stole the show with her wildly original getups when she was a judge on Bravo's Top Design. Launched a fashion collection in 2011 that includes ready-to-wear, jewelry, clutches, and scarves.
ASK THE 8-BALL
Will she launch a paint line, a beauty line, a fascinator collection? (That hat has us wondering.)
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BEST KNOWN FOR
Co-founding his former wife's company, , and building it into an international phenomenon. Still co-chairman.
HIS OTHER I.D.
Founder and CEO of . Strategic investor in luxury brands, technology, real estate ventures.
EARLY SIGNS OF SUCCESS
As an undergrad at Ithaca College, he and his brother invested $2,000 to start Eagle's Eye apparel. Grew it to $165 million before selling the company.
"We try to disrupt the normal way people think."
Launching nine brands that are "all about bringing luxury to the customers at every price point." Products will range from women's fashion to housewares and high-end home furnishings.
Coauthored (with Joan Kron) , the first design book to herald a trend and play a major role in shaping it. Known for a hugely influential series of style books that became the ultimate references for decorating.
THE ART OF BOOK-MAKING
Started in 2002. Its first book was one she wrote on her stepfather's mother, Helena Rubinstein. Since then has published 18 "visual biographies."
WHAT SETS THEM APART
Her passion for books and design comes through. The way she conceives and packages them takes the subject to another level.
SPRING 2012 TITLES
Outside the Box, an interior design book by David Scott, and Love, Laughter and Lunch, a lifestyle book by Helen Tsanos Sheinman.
A recording artist who got her start with Prince. Went to Detroit to cut an album for Sony, saw all the vacant, blighted lots, and a lightbulb went on: Plant gardens, grow food for the needy.
FROM GRASSROOTS TO GLOBAL
Put her singing career on the back burner and started , a nonprofit organization. Began with three gardens in 2005. Partnered with Kraft to build 65 community gardens in 21 cities, and with Coca-Cola in a rain-harvesting project. To date, more than 50,000 gardens are part of Urban Farming's global movement.
Putting an end to hunger.
HER UNSHAKABLE BELIEF
That Urban Farming can grow to more than a million gardens in 2012: "We've already had miracles beyond what I could have conceived."
Produced by: David M. Murphy and Sabine Rothman.