August 20 2014

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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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Summer Beauty Secrets, From Us To You


Today is the solstice, and if New York’s 90-degree temperatures yesterday didn’t already tip you off, summer has officially begun. What better way to welcome the season than with an abridged version of the best skin salves, fragrances, and humidity-friendly makeup out there? To save you the googling trouble, we polled our favorite bloggers from across the Web for their seasonal favorites in our new Summer Beauty Guide, and provided our own below. Enjoy the warm weather (and don’t forget your sunscreen!)

Celia Ellenberg, Senior Beauty Editor

“Full disclosure: I don’t wear deodorant in the winter. I don’t really need it, nor do I like the way it feels, so I just forgo application altogether. In the summer, though, I break out La Vanila’s The Natural Deodorant. It’s free of aluminum, propylene glycol, and parabens, yet still manages to work pretty well. Go for the lavender scent—very refreshing.”

La Vanila The Natural Deodorant, $18,

Phyllis Fong, Copy Editor

“I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps year round, but I especially like the Peppermint version for summer. It leaves skin feeling cool and a bit tingly—better than air-conditioning!”

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap, $15,

Kimberly Sentner, Photo Associate

“My hair is wavy, and summer in New York is humid. Without Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Crème, my hair becomes a bottle brush; with it, I actually enjoy looking in the mirror at the end of the day. Another big plus: It takes minimal effort.”

Bumble and Bumble Grooming Crème, $25,

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The Battle Against “Green-Washing” Is On


Going green is hot, and everyone wants in on the action—from large corporations to smaller niche brands. But the rush to release soaps, shampoos, skincare, and makeup with “natural” or “organic” on their labels is causing a quality-control issue. Or so say certain pioneers of the green movement, who have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) against 13 personal care companies they allege have made false claims on their products. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Intelligent Nutrients, Organic Essence, and the Organic Consumers Association have called out Jason Pure Natural and Organic, Kiss My Face, Nature’s Gate Organics, and Stella McCartney’s Care line (which was discontinued in 2008), among others, for claiming that their products are organic without actually using any organic ingredients. What does this mean for you and me? Some argue that stricter regulations from the government would stifle innovation in the organic personal care category; others say that without them, it will become increasingly harder for consumers—and legitimate operations—to seek greener pastures. If anything, take this as a call to action to be more diligent about reading the labels on the back of your favorite products since, unfortunately, you can’t believe everything they say on the front. For more information on how to decode all the jargon, visit the Environmental Working Group and Labels for Life. [WWD]

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A Global Phenomenon Turned Local Favorite


If, like us, you’re in the habit of checking out the local beauty offerings when you travel abroad, Euoko might be old news to you. Specializing in skincare divided into five categories based on skin concern—whitening, acne, radiance, protection, and aging—rather than skin type, the brand has been a bestseller in Europe, Asia, and Canada since 2002. With 25 products formulated using emerging innovations in biotechnology, nanotechnology, biology, and peptides, the line boasts an impressive laundry list of over 135 active ingredients from Switzerland and Spain to the Amazonian rain forest and the Kalahari Desert—including a very buzz-worthy, age-killing peptide that mimics Waglerin-1, a.k.a. temple viper venom. (A unique delivery system powered by red marine algae, which maximizes the penetration of these ingredients into your skin, is also one of the brand’s big selling points.) Now that the line is available stateside, we recently had the pleasure of sampling a few choice offerings and are legitimately taken with the A-10 Matte Foam, a sebum-restraining gel cleanser that smells like Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap and produces that coveted “it’s really working” tingle without totally stripping your skin (Note: Pure castile soap that is also recommended as a grease-fighting dish detergent might not make for the most gentle face wash. Just an FYI).

Photo: Courtesy of Euoko