Designer labels may come and go, but Bismarck’s name has been a mainstay within the fashion industry since she co-founded (with Carrie Phillips) her global PR and strategic consulting agency BPCM in 1999. From a single cubicle with a sole computer, she began with Strenesse, followed with Stella McCartney and then launched Derek Lam before he was Derek Lam. All are now household names. Yet, she’s not one who has been jaded by success or wrapped up in the industry’s superficiality. If anything, it’s her real and relatable attitude that has set her apart—and proof that working hard isn’t at odds with living the good life. “I do take all my vacation days.”
Countless girls have poured over glossy magazines, dreaming of someday running their own. De Salas proves the fantasy can be real. After starting as an assistant at now-defunct Mademoiselle, she ascended the fashion ladder, landing the ultimate role helming Vogue’s Mexican and Latin American counterparts just three months ago. It’s a road that’s been paved by hard work and impeccable taste—and a reputation for being a source of social glue within the industry. That she also co-founded the pajama-inspired label Piamita and is a mother of two twin girls is further proof that women can truly do it all.
Holmgren is one fourth of the Galvan quartet, a group of women whose search for modern (read cool) eveningwear lead them to start their own label in 2014. Following years spent studying in the U.S., an MA degree in London and a job in the art world, she found herself at the center of the city’s ambitious young set. She’s gorgeous and knows how to throw a great dinner party, but with that blonde ambition comes a razor sharp eye for business and a steely determination—attributes that allow one to become a CEO before the age of 30.
With a name synonymous with beauty, Lauder has always possessed a keen sense of what it takes to look great. In fact, many of us grew up guided by the many labels under the Lauder family umbrella: Clinique to start, followed by M.A.C., Bobbi Brown and so on. Now, having founded her own luxury lifestyle brand, Lauder has taken things beyond the medicine cabinet, inviting women into a world where living beautifully is effortless. And though she is the heart of the brand, she’s clear that it’s by no means a one-woman show. “My uncle Leonard Lauder always said, ‘You’re only as good as the people around you,’ and I am surrounded by the best.”