The French poet Charles Baudelaire’s most famous book, Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), explored the changing nature of beauty in a then-modern world. Written in the 19th century, its principle and forever-relevant themes of sex and death (he touched on everything from lesbianism to metamorphosis, love, corruption, lost innocence, the oppressiveness of living and even wine) were considered scandalous.
Fast forward more than 150 years, and a new lingerie-heavy ready to wear line, Fleur du Mal, is honoring his legend. Just over a year old, the collection borrows its name from Baudelaire and its inspiration from his scintillating ideas about decadence and eroticism. Its logo evokes a rose’s thorns and its founder, Jennifer Zuccarini, is a former design director at Victoria’s Secret and co-founder of Kiki de Montparnasse ~ so there’s no question she’s an expert in the art of dressed-up seduction. With summer’s promise of sheer layers, fewer clothes and suntanned skin hovering just over the horizon, we’ve got our eyes on Fleur du Mal’s delicate-but-deadly petals… |PHOTOS| by Kelly