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.”
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.”
THE COMPLEXION CALMER: Spa-Worthy O2
“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.”
For more information, visit www.blissworld.com.
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.”
THE STRAND AND SKIN SECRET: Coconut Oil
“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.”
For more information, visit www.drbronner.com.
THE GETAWAY: St. Bart’s
“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?”
THE MAKEUP ESSENTIALS: Liner and Lip Gloss
“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.”
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.”
For more information, visit www.edenspanyc.com.
THE WORKOUT: SLT
“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.”
For more information, visit www.sltnyc.com.
THE SIGNATURE SCENT: Santal 33
“I wear Le Labo Santal 33; it’s heady and sexy. Most recently, I discovered Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume, which is also dreamy.”
For more information, visit www.barneys.com.
THE ONE-AND-ONLY MUSE: A Brit Beauty
“Charlotte Rampling forever.”
Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Zuccarini