Fleur du Mal: Jennifer Zuccarini Launches Erotically Charged Clothing Line [Gallery]
Gleaning inspiration from an 1857 volume of French poetry foregrounding decadence and eroticism seems like the optimal starting point for conceiving a lingerie line. At least, so thinks Jennifer Zuccarini, co-founder of well-known intimates brand Kiki de Montparnasse and former design director at Victoria’s Secret. Fleur du Mal, a label comprising both lingerie for the bedroom and ready-to-wear sanctioned for the street, takes its name from modernist poet Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal – a work devoted to the unexpected beauty of the sinister and salacious.
The collection itself is a celebration of purity and elegance spiked with a slightly darker provocative edge. Think peachy satin sets mixed with those in sultry black lace, or a white floral lace body thrown into relief when viewed alongside black sheer-panelled panties. The ready-to-wear follows suit with a simple day dress in persimmon that’s the epitome of la Parisienne contrasting beautifully with a black leather and blush-coloured silk crepe dress featuring dramatic venting that's sure to leave an indelible impression on admirers.