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Beauty 411: Jennifer Zuccarini Of Fleur Du Mal



Jennifer Zuccarini’s creations have always been an intimate affair. Literally. The Toronto-born, New York-based designer has devoted her career to lingerie. In 2005, she co-founded Kiki de Montparnasse, a brand that brought a singular couture sensibility and naughty elegance to the world of underpinnings, with its triple-digit assortment of boudoir essentials like crotchless lace leggings and leather harness bustiers. Zuccarini helped the label branch out into ready-to-wear and beauty before making the leap to mainstream lingerie paragon Victoria’s Secret in 2008. But last year, Zuccarini went back to her niche luxury roots and founded boutique brand Fleur du Mal. Named after Charles Baudelaire’s collection of poems about duality, her latest intimate venture is focused on dressing up and undressing, with provocative ready-to-wear and lingerie designs—meaning high-slit pencil skirts and sheer blouses, alongside baby dolls and lacy garters. What Zuccarini has in heavy rotation: the georgette ruffle-back jumpsuit from the current collection and the soft-bullet bra in Japanese-inspired jacquard coming out for Spring 2014. Most recently, Zuccarini, after tying the knot herself this May, added a bridal collection with unexpected options for your big-night trousseau. Here, the intimates designer extraordinaire with the signature flame-red hair shares some of her essentials in the beauty department.

THE MANE MASTERS: Jennifer Thorpe, Michael Matula, and Pam Baumgartner
“There are two people that I am devoted to for color: Jennifer [Thorpe] at Sam Brocato Salon in Soho because she has devised the perfect formulation of maybe four different colors to get to the one I have now. I always like a bit of pink thrown in and she gets it. I’m also devoted to Michael Matula, the owner of Mudhoney Salon. Michael is a legend and Mudhoney is the most rock ‘n’ roll salon in NYC. Pam Baumgartner cuts my hair—she doesn’t work at a salon but mainly styles for editorial shoots and the runway with Eugene Souleiman, and sees a few clients at her loft across the hall from our Fleur du Mal studio.”

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THE HAIR COCKTAIL: Moroccan Oil Shampoo, Brazilian Blowout Acai Masque, and Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray
“It’s not easy to maintain artificially bright red hair. I wash [mine] with a sulfate-free shampoo like Moroccan Oil—the key is to wash as infrequently as possible. Then I follow with the Brazilian Blowout Acai Masque and finish with Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray before blow-drying.”

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“I like the Triple Oxygen facial from Bliss. Occasionally I see this amazing Japanese facialist named Kimye Horikoshi; my friend Zoya Loeb, who has the most gorgeous skin, recommended her.”

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THE FEEL-GOOD RITUAL: Hanging Out at the Hammam
“I love a good steam. If I lived closer to a proper hammam, I would go all the time. When I’m back in Canada, I always love Hammam Spa on King Street in Toronto, and of course, the Nordic Baths at Bota Bota; it’s a supercool spa on a boat.”

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“I’m really into coconut oil for my skin and hair—once you start reading about the benefits, you’ll want to use it for everything. My go-to is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Virgin Coconut Oil.”

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“It sounds a bit decadent, but I love St. Bart’s, especially off-season. The beaches are incredible, there’s decent surf, fun to be had if you want it, and amazing food—Maya’s is my favorite restaurant and the croissants from [Boulangerie] Choisy are seriously better than anything I’ve had in France—what else could you possibly want?”

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“Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro is silky and gorgeous—I wear color 401, a shockingly bright orange. For eyes, I may go two days out of 365 without liquid eyeliner, and yes, I think it’s beach appropriate…Brigitte Bardot, anyone? Right now I’m using YSL Beauty eyeliner pot in [Black] Bronze.”

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THE MUSCLE RELAXER: Massage at Eden Spa
“The massage at Eden Spa on Broadway below Canal is a must. It’s the city’s best massage in my opinion, and it’s open late on Sunday! They include a meal with the [rubdown], though I can’t vouch for the food. A Sunday night massage is my favorite.”

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“SLT is like Pilates boot camp. I wasn’t expecting to go to a Pilates class and be yelled at, but somehow I like it. Not to mention they have great music.”

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“I wear Le Labo Santal 33; it’s heady and sexy. Most recently, I discovered Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume, which is also dreamy.”

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“Charlotte Rampling forever.”

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More Heat For The Brazilian Blowout; Beyoncé’s New Beauty Addiction; And More…


The call for a ban on the Brazilian Blowout was heard round the country last year when a group of congressmen took the matter to the FDA, demanding that it step in to make sure the brand’s formaldehyde-enriched formulas were regulated. A strongly worded letter and a lawsuit settlement that made warning labels a mandatory part of the company’s production process later, and the congressmen are back at it, fighting for further action. Who says big government is a bad thing? [Fox News]

Hillary Clinton will reportedly step down as Secretary of State next year to focus on academia and philanthropy, she told Barbara Walters in a recent interview. Also up for discussion, Mrs. Clinton’s oft-discussed hair following this year’s “Scrunchie-gate” controversy. “I do not travel with any hairdresser, or anybody, to help me and I’m not very competent myself. I’ve been admitting that for years, which should be obvious to everyone,” Clinton joked. “And so it became simpler to just grow it so that I can pull it back. It’s fascinating to me how people are so curious about it.” [ABC]

Makeup artist Wei Lang has been tending to all of Beyoncé’s red-carpet beauty needs of late—including introducing her to the wonderful world of mink lashes. “They look amazing,” says Lang. “I use strips by Velour called Are Those Real? and I got her really into it, so she buys them by the ton.” [The Cut]

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Calvin Klein Home X Nest Fragrances; More Bad News For The Brazilian Blowout; And More…


It looks like Jason Wu isn’t the only fashion power house inking a deal with Nest Fragrances. Calvin Klein Home has apparently partnered with Laura Slatkin’s scented candle company to offer a new range of fragrant votives due out this fall. [Home Textiles Today]

In a logical beauty move, Katy Perry has followed her new blue hair with a fresh blue-tipped manicure. [Us]

The manufacturers of the controversial Brazilian Blowout straightening treatment, which has come under fire for containing a potentially dangerous amount of formaldehyde, received another blow this week. The California attorney general has mandated that the brand label its product carcinogenic. [WWD]

In other quick beauty fix health scares, there has been a recall on substandard French breast implants, although market research indicates that this unsettling piece of information shouldn’t slow the plastic surgery boom. [NYDN]

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The Brazilian Blow-out Battle Rages On, And More…


In the wake of the Brazilian blow-out scandal of 2010, many salons have taken the formaldehyde frizz-fighting treatment off of their menus. Others, alternatively, are keeping it on and simply providing goggles and gas masks to customers undergoing the service. There’s nothing super-creepy about that or anything. [NYP]

According to one scientist, wearing fragrance is a “fine art of deceiving” the brain. We’d be better off letting our unaltered body odors do the olfactory talking, the renowned microbiologist says. “Our natural odor goes from the nose directly to the brain and immediately rouses emotions.” If you were looking for a way to rationalize going deodorant-free, there you go. [Wired U.K.]

And while you’re at it, stop using synthetic soaps and shampoos, too. A new study reports that phthalates found in 70 percent of shampoos, cosmetics, and soaps are endochrine disruptors and could be quietly contributing to weight gain. [Daily Mail]

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Beware Of Black-Market Hair Extensions; Pippa’s Posterior Gets A Lift; And More…


The high stakes world of hair extensions just got a little higher as salon thefts targeting the silky strands are being reported nationwide. Talk about stealing beauty! [NYT]

More trouble for the Brazilian Blowout brand. Now its hair straighteners have come under fire by the FDA for releasing similarly detectable levels of formaldehyde as its actual treatments. [WSJ]

From bridesmaid to most-requested bum. Pippa Middleton’s toned posterior, which was silhouetted by her Sarah Burton-designed gown at the royal nuptials, has caused a 60 percent increase in butt-lifting procedures in the U.K. We believe it. [Stylelist via Daily Star]

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