Fortnight’s SS2011 collection is a carefully considered expansion of its original line of satin and mesh separates that debuted about a year ago. That early range hinted at Fortnight’s flair for innovation in both design and use of fabrics, and the new collection sees designer Christina Remenyi pushing the envelope in several directions.
The spring collection includes several terrific bodysuits involving very creative fabric pairings (something that has become a Fortnight signature).
The shimmering body from the new Ginger line (see photos below) feels like a foundation piece but looks like high-end swimwear. In contrast, the Rita body combines lace and mesh for a very elegant, European look. And you can see the same kind of creative thinking in the Faye bodysuit, from a new style range made from lace and a power-stretch fabric called Tencel.
Altogether, there are five new ranges in Fortnight’s SS2011 collection, each of which reveals the work of a designer who thinks a lot about finding comfortable undergarment solutions that fit snugly and look stunning. There’s nothing copycat about Fortnight at all, but the design aesthetic will remind you of the Parisian brand Eres, with its relentless pursuit of innovation in both styles and material.
A good example of this is Fortnight’s “partial” bra (right), which shows up in a couple of style ranges. It’s a clever piece, something like a balconet bra, in which all the support is in the band and lower cup, with the top part of the cup featuring highly decorative lace. This is a piece meant to peek out from low-neck tops or dresses — and a great solution for girls who aren’t completely ready to embrace the underwear-outerwear trend.
For existing fans of this label, Fortnight has kept some its popular early pieces, notably the Sophie and Greta lines from last year that included satin bras and a nice long-line soft cup.
There’s also a couple of complete surprises — the simple, figure-hugging Audrey chemise with an open back, and the Shirley satin lounging robe in black or white.
Fortnight’s biggest problem last year was keeping up with demand after its video hits quickly turned the label from a one-woman local DIY project into a bona fide fashion brand. The company has grown since then, with expanded distribution high on its priority list. New York and Miami lingeristas will soon be able to find Fortnight at Journelle stores in both cities, and in L.A. it’ll be stocked by Panty Raid. Fortnight is also offered by the wonderful Portland online shop Lille Boutique, and there are now numerous stockists across Canada.
And Canadian fans who want to learn and see more are in for a treat: tonight (Feb. 4), the entertainment show E-Talk Daily is featuring Fortnight Lingerie in one of its segments. That’s at 7 p.m. our time, but check your local listings.