She is arguably the most revered muse in rock and roll history — the inspiration for Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, the Jersey girl he seduced with the pledge, “I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul.”
Now, more than 35 years later, that same Wendy has become the inspiration for a lingerie set (above) from Canadian label Fortnight Lingerie that does ample justice to the object of The Boss’s fervent pleadings. (Rosalita, eat your heart out!)
And Wendy’s not alone. For her sophomore collection, Fortnight designer Christina Remenyi has produced seven sleek, expertly tailored style ranges that draw their inspiration from the fiery goddesses at the center of some of rock’s classic songs.
There’s Ruby (Tuesday) and Angie from the Stones, the Kinks’ ubiquitous Lola, Tom Petty’s Mary Jane, Ophelia (“Honey you know I’d die for you”) from The Band and Dolly’s iconic Jolene.
The style names, Christina told us, “are inspired by classic songs we all know and love that are about women who may not be perfect, but are are true to themselves and follow their heart.”
The same description could be applied to Christina and her fledgling designer line, which rocketed onto the lingerie scene a year ago with a highly successful debut collection of close-fitting, swimwear-inspired foundations and bodysuits.
Fortnight’s 2012 collection stays true to that aesthetic, with a focus on minimalist silhouettes and an attention to fit that has become the label’s signature — an impressive feat for a young indie designer.
Fortnight is a very modern label that uses a lot of power mesh, stretch lace, tencel and cotton modal in its designs to achieve its body-hugging looks.
For her second collection, Christina has tweaked some of the patterns from her debut set to improve their fit and create contemporary looks with a hint of vintage appeal.
Fortnight’s popular wireless longline bra is back, although this time they’ve added a version with solid cups (Lola, below) to make it more suitable for layering (although the Wendy set still offers the sexy see-through mesh look).
For bottoms, Fortnight has added a new low-rise brief, a bikini with a higher back and leg cut and — how’s this for pushing a trend? — a higher high-waisted knicker which you can see above in the Ruby set.
You’ll also find a new soft-cup pattern in sets like Angie (below) that are without padding or wires and intended to make this popular style more accessible to smaller-busted girls (both Christina and her campaign model Shirley Ann Mason are petites, so these images will give you an accurate sense of what kind of fit this new style offers).
And for early adopters in the Fortnight fanbase, you’ll find more of those fabulous lace and satin bodysuits, and plenty of beautifully contrasting lace and mesh panels throughout the collection.
The best thing about the 2012 collection is that Fortnight hasn’t tried to stake out new territory or chase after style trends to win new fans. What they do, they do very well, and the result is a collection of classics that should sell for a long time to come.
And as an added bonus, Bruce now knows what to get Patti for Christmas!
Fortnight Lingerie is available in the U.S. through Journelle.com and will be in Brooklyn’s The Joinery soon as well. In Toronto, Fortnight is widely available in boutiques, with new distributors including Pert Lingerie and The Narwhal.