Fleur du Mal is more than a bespoke line of lingerie and clothing; it's a lifestyle. Conceptualized by Jennifer Zuccarini, founder of Kiki de Montparnasse and former Creative Director of Victoria's Secret, it exemplifies modern luxury and sensuality. Whether it's a slip dress that can be worn from romantic getaway to a rooftop pool party, to a sheer lace top that layers perfectly under a velvet blazer, the brand is the epitome of powerful-yet-sexy. Launched in 2012 from Zuccarini's Soho loft, today the brand is carried at Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter, Barneys, and many other of the world's top haute fashion purveyors.
While Zuccarini spends much of the year traveling, her favorite spot to unwind is still her summer home in the Hamptons. Now, she tells DEPARTURES how to have the perfect weekend at one of the world's hottest getaway spots.
"I recommend making friends with someone who has a house in the Hamptons. The next best options are the oceanfront cottages at Gurney's in Montauk. I love the expansive ocean views and the spa is also a great way to spend a rainy day. 1770 House in East Hampton is cozy, chic, and well situated in town, which makes it easy to get around and explore the town if you don’t have a car."
"Breakfast at Joni’s in Montauk (if you can brave the line). It’s a Hamptons institution. I used to go there 17 years ago when I first moved to NYC. Sometimes I’ll grab a biscuit with egg and cheese with an almond latte from Jack’s Stir Brew in Amagansett. It’s not the healthiest choice, but I love that biscuit.
For lunch, I like to pick up a few things to eat by the pool or take to the beach at Cavaniola’s Gourmet in Amagansett Square. My go-to’s include their kale salad, a wedge of truffled sheep’s milk cheese and a flourless chocolate cake.
"EMP Summer House, Eleven Madison Park’s Summer pop up in East Hampton, has the most inventive and delicious cocktails. Would you like to sip a little something from a garden gnome? They can make that happen. The picnic area in the back is also a good time in the evenings."
"My favorite beach is Napeague in Amagansett. I love the rolling landscape of the sand dunes."
"I recently visited the Parrish Art Museum for the first time; it’s architecturally beautiful and as enjoyable to walk around the outside, as it is to see the latest exhibition.
My husband recently discovered a walking trail called Promised Land; it’s nice to get out of the crowds in town and on the beach sometimes and experience the nature side of the Hamptons.
I would also recommend paddleboarding on the lake in Montauk. It’s the perfect afternoon activity."
"A swimsuit. I like to pack our lace-up one piece which doubles as a top with denim shorts. I also pack our silk cowl slip dress or something fun to wear out at night (always have something in your bag for a last-minute party invite). Also, a leather jacket and a hoodie (it’s cold at night!); workout clothes and sneakers (I usually pop into an early SLT class in East Hampton or a New York Pilates Class in Montauk); and high-waisted jeans or pants with a camisole or bra top. It somehow is always colder than you think at night, so I pack a long-sleeve option. I'll also try to bring denim shorts and a tank bodysuit; a second slip that doubles as a beach cover-up, and an iPad for all my summer reading."