August 22 2014

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5 posts tagged "Agent Provocateur"

Karen Elson and Amanda Peet’s Hair Pro Shares Her San Francisco Hot Spots


When hair pro Michelle Snyder, formerly of Bumble and Bumble and Whittemore House, returned to her hometown of San Francisco a few years ago to open her very own salon, the New York clients who had come to rely on her signature cool-girl cuts with a retro spin were collectively dismayed. But NYC’s loss has been SF’s gain. At her Barrow Salon, Snyder is continuing to dole out ‘dos that have earned her a cultish following and celebrity fans like Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson, and Amanda Peet, alongside a stellar team of creatives she handpicked, not to mention playing host to pop-up shops and regularly visiting talent. Anyone who has had the great fortune of being at the receiving end of Snyder’s shears knows that her personal style—vintage dresses and serious lipstick—is as worthy of accolades as her cuts. Here, the hair virtuoso shares some of her personal go-tos.

THE EYEBROW GURU: Amanda Toscano

“My favorite eyebrow specialist is by far Amanda at Habit. She has an amazing eye for what constitutes the perfect arch on everyone. The best I’ve ever found.”



“I love El Niño MMA gym. I have been doing Thai boxing for six years, and this gym hands-down has the best workouts and the most eclectic group of people. It’s not for the weak…and that why I like it.”


THE SIGNATURE SCENT: Agent Provocateur

“Agent Provocateur. Always. I have been wearing this fragrance for about 10 years. It’s the perfect combination of rosy and sexy.”



“My favorite stores to shop are Reliquary for their beautiful Victorian jewelry and Ver Unica for their 1930s dress collection. I also love the Alameda flea market for clothes and household goods.”

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“The best place for a boozy brunch on a Sunday is Thee Parkside. The chilaquiles are delish!”



“For all things complexion related—facials, Botox, laser, etc.—I go to Anna Petras, NP [aesthetic nurse practitioner] at Inner Image. She introduced me to SkinCeuticals Phyto +, which has really helped to improve my skin tone and texture.”


THE HAIR HELPERS: Eileen McCarthy at Barrow and Coby Alcántar at Little Axe Salon

“Eileen is my favorite. She is so good with all color, but her rich brunettes are perfection. And I see my friend Coby every time I’m back in New York. We have a thing where we always cut each other’s hair when we see each other.”

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“I am in love with R+Co Outer Space hairspray. It’s dry, so you can layer it, and it smells so delicious and earthy. Also, Oribe’s Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner is instant gratification in a bottle for beat-up hair.”

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“In Fiore has so many beautiful products, and they are local, which is great, but my favorites are their lip balm and eye balm. I love Kiehl’s vanilla and cedarwood body wash and Santa Maria Novella bath salts—I love all of their scents because they feel woodsy, hippie, and yummy. My all-time favorite red lipstick is Ruby Woo by MAC, but I’m also in love with Bésame lipstick! Their reds, which are inspired by styles from the 1920s to 1950s and which we sell at Barrow, are my favorite.”

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Agent Provocateurs’ Double Agents


The few silken and satiny Agent Provocateur treasures we’ve been lucky enough to acquire over the years have always been reserved for after dark; call us old-fashioned, but there’s something about wearing seamed thigh-highs and cup-less demi bras during the day that has always rubbed us as overtly risqué. The same inclination has also held true for the brand’s fragrances, which while gorgeous, are often too heady to spritz on before the morning commute. But a new trio of perfumes from the lingerie experts aims to amend this olfactory conundrum. Each of the flacons in AP’s new Eau Provocateur series is a reinterpretation of one of its established scents, designed especially with daytime wear in mind. Eau Provocateur is a citrus-soaked version of the original Eau de Parfum with soft floral notes of muguet and orange flower, while Maitresse’s Eau Provocateur treatment is both bright and classically feminine, thanks to the precise blending of green notes, like acacia and Granny Smith apple, with rose and jasmine sambac. The final fragrance in the group, and our personal favorite, takes the popular L’Agent and gives it a new twist with fresh accords of bergamot, mandarin, and peach, which now mingle with the bottle’s original lush florals of tuberose and magnolia. Each of the eaux retains the seductive appeal of its predecessor while managing to present the quality in a more subtle way; they’re sexy, but less obviously so—and more wearable for it.

$70 each for 50ml Eau Provocateur eau de toilettes, available April 15 at department stores.

Photo: Courtesy of Agent Provocateur

We Heart V-Day


Whether or not you realize it (back-to-back shows and minimal sleep have a way of making it easy to lose track of time), today is Valentine’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to have the time and energy to celebrate the holiday, we’ve compiled a short list of treats to get you primped for tonight. Rolling solo this year? Not to worry. The Soho House’s Cowshed spa has a little something in store for you and your girlfriends; its package of pampering and indulgence is strictly no-boys-allowed.

The Perfume: Agent Provocateur L’Agent

Whether you want to seduce your live-in boyfriend or woo that bearded waiter you’ve been stalking from afar, this intoxicating floral blend of tuberose and jasmine mixed with warm and spicy notes like patchouli, amber, black incense, and musk should do the trick.

Agent Provocateur L’Agent Eau de Parfum, $85,

The Pout Perfector: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

Drawing attention to your mouth is never a bad thing on February 14. NARS’ new Velvet Gloss Pencil in New Lover imparts mouths with a creamy shade of warm red and provides long-lasting wear to get you through an entire romantic dinner—and whatever comes next. If you’re local, you should pick one up at the brand’s new Bleecker Street boutique, where the films on François Nars’ personal Netflix queue are available for purchase—including the erotic thriller Belle de Jour. The famed face painter calls it a “must-see.”

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, $24,

The Festive Compact: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow

Sure, a heart-embossed powder may seem a bit gratuitous today, but this one is infused with a violet scent said to cause “elation” and plant extracts shown to “evoke happiness,” and on top of that, it leaves skin with a rosy glow. Think of it as a triple-threat purchase, no matter what your Facebook relationship status says.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush, $11.99,

The Polish for Lovers: Priti Bunch of Roses Polish Set

The fact that no one cared to send you a dozen roses today stings a little less when you have ten pretty rose-colored fingers to stare at. Priti’s natural nail lacquer set comes in four shades ranging from pale pink to ruby red.

Priti Bunch of Roses Polish Set, $37.50,

The Couples Therapy: Caudalie Spa’s Lessons in Love

What’s better than giving your loved one a sensual massage? Getting a lesson so you actually know what you’re doing. Caudalie’s massage therapist will instruct you and your partner in the ways of deep tissue pressure. Sure, having a third party in the room during this kind of intimate experience could get weird. That’s where the on-site sommelier comes in.

Caudalie Vinothérapie Lessons in Love, $425 for 90 minutes,

The Singles’ Night: Cowshed’s Pretty Party

Feeling anti-V-day this year? Gathering up your girlfriends and heading over to the Soho House’s spa for this women-only party is a great way to give the chocolates-and-flowers establishment the finger. The pampering package includes a night of treatments, dinner, and drinks—all of which are blissfully man-free.

Cowshed Pretty Party; for more information, visit

Photo: Courtesy Agent Provocateur; NARS Cosmetics; Physicians’ Formula

RIP Shu Uemura; Agent Provocateur, The Makeup; and More…


Bad news for Shu Uemura’s American acolytes: L’Oréal USA, its parent company, has decided to close all U.S. operations, based on a desire to “focus on growing the larger brands in the Luxury Products portfolio.” Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Kiehl’s are all cool, but, like, this is Shu we’re talking about—home of the Tokyo Lash Bar and artistic director Gina Brooke! Luckily, Brooke has that other gig to fall back on. [WWD]

If you love Agent Provocateur’s forays into beauty, this should get your heart racing: New brand extensions are expected to include not only two new fragrances but a capsule cosmetics range with a focus on eyes, lips, and nails. Bring. It. On. [WWD]

Bo-Tax, the tan tax, and now hair cuts could be the latest beauty service to be used as a source of government revenue. What next, the mani-pedi tax? God forbid! [NYT]

Forget about Avatar‘s breakthrough editing and seamless cinematography. The leaps it took in extolling the craft of “digital makeup” are immeasurable. The growing field relies less on the precise application of foundation and eyeliner and more on the placement of hundreds of reflective dots to feed actors’ emotional expressions into computer software that renders animated images. It begs the question, will on set powder puffs and lipstick bullets go the way of the Walkman? [Variety]

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

Vivienne Westwood Gets A FiFi


Last night, Vivienne Westwood was bestowed a prestigious award that most beauty legends would kill for—let alone a fashion icon who dabbles in perfumes and powders. Inducted into the Circle of Champions by the Fragrance Foundation, Westwood was honored at an industry-only affair at Claridge’s Hotel in London for making “notable and newsworthy contributions to the fragrance industry,” according to an article from Cosmetics Business. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Paul Smith, who won the award last year, Westwood was selected for an ability to continually create fragrances “evocative of decades gone by,” including Boudoir in 1998, Libertine in 2000, Anglomania in 2004, and Boudoir Sin Garden and Let It Rock in 2007. Her personal perfume strides have been noteworthy, for sure, and there’s also the fact that she produced Joe Corre, co-founder of Agent Provocateur, the brand that took home last year’s FiFi for best women’s prestige fragrance. A good nose apparently runs in the family.

Photo: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage