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In our book, special undies are a sign of self-esteem

We?ve long eyed the Agent Provocateur shop on Melrose Avenue but never splurged on its megabucks bras and panties. But now we find ourselves frequenting L?Agent, the new lower-priced lingerie boutique a few blocks west, which sells the wares of a collaboration between the AP designer and Penelope and Monica Cruz.

Yes, everyone?s favorite Spanish sexpot actress and her look-alike sis are designing underwear. And frankly, the collections are as fetching as the Srs. Cruz themselves. We?re loving the just-short-of-neon-purple lace demi bra ($92), which we?d allow to peek out from a tank top or show through a sheer silk blouse. And the super-sweet-yet-sexy fawn-and-gold-toned mesh panties ($44--with the matching bra ($74), of course.

We?re (blushing now) equally interested in some of the more out-there options like a leopard garter belt ($64) and stunning seamed nylons ($30). One glance at the eye-popping selection at the tiny new boutique and you?ll be thinking more in Technicolor than in any shade of grey.

L?Agent, 8503 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 310-734-7305 or

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