The cre­ative di­rec­tor of Agent Provo­ca­teur on Sev­en­ties sci-fi babes and what she finds sexy. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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Who was the muse be­hind Agent Provo­ca­teur Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13? I was in­spired by the gran­des dames of Sev­en­ties sci-fi – Bar­barella, Bat­girl, and the Flash Gor­don femmes. Flashes from the fu­ture col­lide with old-fash­ioned val­ues, as cou­ture-like fin­ishes and the finest of fab­rics prove that the big­gest su­per­hero of them all this sea­son is the crafts­man. You’ve men­tioned that film and mu­sic are real sources of in­spi­ra­tion for you. Which are your all-time favourites? My favourite films are the Hol­ly­wood crime movies and thrillers of the 1970s to 1990s. I just love Al Pa­cino in Scarface and Car­l­ito’s Way, and Robert De Niro in Casino. I am con­stantly in­spired by the strong fe­male pro­tag­o­nists in th­ese films, es­pe­cially played by iconic ac­tresses such as Sharon Stone, Kim Basinger, and Michelle Pfeif­fer. Mu­sic-wise, I love The Stone Roses and Led Zep­pelin. Ma­te­ri­als you work with? I have so many but I es­pe­cially like leather and So­phie Hal­lette lace, and ex­per­i­ment­ing with fab­rics you wouldn’t nor­mally see be­ing used in lin­gerie. The low-down on the dif­fu­sion line, L’Agent, that you worked on with Pené­lope and Monica Cruz? L’Agent is Agent Provo­ca­teur’s sis­ter brand. We wanted it to be ac­ces­si­ble for a younger woman there­fore we used strong colours for a youth­ful and fresh feel­ing. It launches for Au­tumn/Win­ter 2013. Who would you like to work with on a dream col­lab­o­ra­tion? I ad­mire the work of Azze­dine Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier, and it would be a dream to work with ei­ther of them. Crys­tal Renn, Monica Cruz, and Josephine de la Baume have all starred in pre­vi­ous Agent Provo­ca­teur cam­paigns. Who do we see next? We just launched our cam­paign for Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13. The video has more than one lead­ing lady [Rus­sian model Irina Shayk leads an ex­otic cast, in­clud­ing Ar­bile Elorza, Laura Moure, and Pi­lar Martinez, all op­po­site Span­ish ac­tor Miguel Án­gel Sil­vestre]. Who is the per­fect Agent Provo­ca­teur woman? She is strong, sexy, al­lur­ing, and dan­ger­ous. She is con­fi­dent about her sex­u­al­ity, up for fun, and drives her part­ner wild. But still acts like a lady and leaves an air of mys­tery. The lin­gerie ba­sics ev­ery girl should have in her wardrobe? Bras, knick­ers, and sus­penders. In terms of style, go for the Fifi range; it is iconic Agent Provo­ca­teur and suits most women. What do you find sexy? Con­fi­dence, al­ways. Lat­est lin­gerie trends? For Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13 , my ob­ses­sion was to em­pha­sise the woman’s hips. The curvier, the more ac­cen­tu­ated, the bet­ter. Fan­tasy piece you’d love to cre­ate? I have been lucky al­ready in de­sign­ing a piece such as the Bul­let play­suit. High­light of your ca­reer? I loved work­ing in sev­eral dif­fer­ent de­part­ments but I would say be­com­ing cre­ative di­rec­tor is the ul­ti­mate ac­co­lade. Game plan for the next five years? To con­tinue lead­ing the lin­gerie mar­ket. Elec­tra bra; waspie; and briefs, all from Agent Provo­ca­teur

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