Fortnight AW16: Exposed and Layered

Fortnight‘s Autumn/Winter collection offers a unique approach to the lingerie game in that all of this season’s looks are made to be layered and exposed. As underwear rapidly evolves to a wardrobe staple in its own right, blending with outerwear, in demand are comfortable luxury and details like lace trim and styles designed to be seen. Shapes such as high apex bras and all-in-one body wear are replacing the flimsy faux-invisible styles of the past decade.


Autumn/Winter has Fortnight touching on the flip sides of both classic lace prettiness and the athleisure trend. However, it is quality design in solid shapes and tested silhouettes that tie these two facets together, with comfort an uncompromised key.


‘Ruby’ and ‘Mira’ are sophisticated lace styles, featuring garments that hold their place in an outerwear look and remain effortlessly sexy on their own. ‘Ruby’ is finely textured with a floral lace trim and is Fortnight’s incarnation of classic black lingerie. The leg lengthening bodysuit, as a style in general, is everywhere right now and ‘Ruby’ is a versatile version. I can see her worn on her own with thigh high stay-ups, under a blouse and tucked into a skirt or under denim cut-offs or jeans with a t-shirt.


‘Mira,’ in this season’s must-have shade burgundy, is a jersey lace that’s strongest cut is a seductive mini-dress style slip. It also comes in options such as a longline bra, a style that has crept back into a firm place in the lingerie world over the last year or two, as women look less towards the massively moulded and padded world of VS past and towards more unstructured cups with firm foundation elsewhere on the body (i.e., the ribcage, as with longlines, the stomach, with bodysuits).


Equally on-trend shades of Marsala and Sapphire blue come into play with the ‘Ivy’ and ‘Willow’ ranges. ‘Willow’, particularly, is where Fortnight hits hard on the atheisure trend, as marle, jersey and mesh form strong, clean shapes. If you still want beautiful lingerie, but are not the lacy, frilly, frou-frou type, this is where to go. In fact, upon first glance I consciously made a mental note for my fashion forward friends who are forever asking me where to get exactly this look. Not only are these styles visually cool while maxing out on comfort, they also layer spectacularly well, making appearances from beneath tank tops or open tailored shirts. Again, the bra styles (and matching high-waisted briefs) seem just as flattering as they are practical and beg to be seen peeking out from under clothes. For the more daring among us, they could even be forgot as far as layering and worn entirely on their own, as outerwear. This particularly applies to the grey marle slip with underwire cups- it is begging to be worn as the sporty-bodycon dress to end all others.


The fabrics in this collection are a stand out to me. The black, chevron-printed sheer ‘Vega’ is both edgy and feminine, a probably my favorite look from this collection. The satin-textured polka dots of Ara take the basic out of beige (while removing none of the practicality of the shade) and the hot and cold reds and bright blue break up the prior mentioned basics palette perfectly.


Overall, the shapes throughout this collection are so strong, so necessary. Their simplicity of silhouette is their exact appeal. A comfortable smooth bra. A high waisted brief. A simple bikini. An easy wear bodysuit. These are all the solid, underwear-wardrobe foundations all women need, the ‘must-haves’ for not just aesthetic attractiveness, but everyday. It’s Fortnight’s beautiful fabrics and wise color choices that make each item able to be glammed up or dressed down. That bodysuit will look just as good with jeans and boots as it will with nothing but stilettos. Ditto, the Fortnight Label slips. Which I think would see you through a Robert Palmer-inspired look for a night out (just add pantyhose) just as well as it would panty-LESS, with messy hair for Netflix and Chill. And if your life calls for you to go from one to the other in the space of an Uber ride? Well, then this is the sort of collection and label just for you.


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