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Fortnight Lingerie by Olivia De Vellis - 1M ago
June 19, 2019
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1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am a queer, Filipinx-Canadian multimedia artist, curator and movement and meditation teacher born and raised in Parkdale Village of Tkaronto. I hold space for gatherings that foster vulnerability as a point of connection, to Self, to others and all living beings, seen and unseen. I have been doing this under the name of WHOLE – Wholehearted (2012), Wholeearth (2017) and Whole (2018) which gather folks in intimate settings to exchange art, oral storytelling, and remembered and embodied knowledge. Each event acts as containers for journeying communally through forms of self-actualization, self-healing and care.

More recently, meditation and movement has become additional tools for me to bridge connection… for me, it is and act of remembering the intelligence of the body and its ability to sometimes understand and heal me in ways the mind cannot, or is not ready to comprehend. Meditation and mindful movement has become a huge part of how I know myself, and I have been so eager to share these tools for others to have on their own journeys as well. I am a teacher to experiences that guide bodies back into themselves, back HOME. I do this through Kundalini Yoga and a movement style that fuses dance~Pilates~Yoga created by Amber Joliat called the MISFITS METHOD.

2. What does feeling beautiful mean to you?

Feeling beautiful means embodying, speaking and LIVING my TRUTH. I believe (and KNOW in my body) that your Truth is something you can FEEL. Aligned in my intuition, and trusting in my spirit guides and ancestors, it happens when I feel my heart is forward. I can feel when my actions move THROUGH my heart, make my heart swell, tug at it and leave it so tender, so FULL.
When life is LIVED as an act of courage,
When COURAGE is held as an act of the heart,
I feel True.
This to me is beauty. This is when I RADIATE my own beauty.
A beauty that emanates through the way I walk, the way I speak, I hold myself and appear.

Renelyn wears the Luna Longline bra in Champagne/Ivory & Luna Seamless High Waist in Champagne/Ivory.

3. What do you like to wear closest to your skin?

Almond oil is the first thing to touch my skin after cold showers and dry brushing. (A Kundalini Yogic technique for waking up and daily holistic care). Then, a scent: mixtures of essential oils like lavender to soothe me, as a small act of self-nurture. Next, I wear lingerie that hugs me beautifully, that is, and feeeeels romantic also adds a layer of mystique and self-lovvvvin in the way I hold myself throughout the day..

4. What do you wear to feel most like yourself?

COLOUR – 1970’s psychedelic patterns and shapes. Electric blue eyeliner to see with extra wonder, to experience a more whimsical perspective of life.*
Sometimes, baggy linens and natural clothes if I’m processing a feeling, so my heart has room to breathe. Earth tones, inspired by Wes Anderson movies, and 1960s furniture – oh and dusty rose is my favourite colour! Vintage clothing to wonder about the life behind each piece, to remember a romantic era of clothing making before fast-fashion. I try as much as I can to shop local or at least independent brands to honour clothing as an art, to acknowledge that everything comes from a story, and to thoughtfully choose what stories I want to get behind, which I want to wear and share with others!.

Renelyn wears the Ivy Classic Seamless Bodysuit in Black.

5. When do you feel most confident?

When I honour myself as a WHOLE. Confidence is not just a state of happiness. I can feel sorrow confidently if it is an emotion that I honour with the same respect as I would joy. All my states are a part of me, informing and feeding one another – shadows & light. All emotions are alive and require room to live and leave us with what is necessary, and in time, relieve us of what is excess. When I am able to recognize whatever way I feel, and HONOUR it, give it time and space, trusting that it has something to teach me, I feel confident. I feel self-respect and conviction.

I was once taught to rethink the phrase “to feel proud of myself”, for pride is connected to Ego. Though Ego is one of my greatest teachers, I am experimenting with shifting this to feeling blessed or grateful instead. I feel blessed to be able to feel sad sometimes, to experience anger… so I can better know my joy. Recognizing and holding compassion for the WHOLE-istic makings of me, is confidence.

6. What makes a place feel like home?

Love. I experience a sense of home inside my body. When I move with, and in it, when I devote time to feel and listen to it, focus and give it love, gratitude and acknowledgement. I feel home in my partner’s arms when we’re both exhausted from trying to make something out of ourselves all day and meet each other with nothing left to say. A home feels like home when it can comfortably house an effortless, shameless, vulnerable sense of Love – which I recognize first in my body.

It should also have many PLANTS to mirror my own growth, to remind me that I need care always, because I AM ALIVE, not just when I am at my worse. It houses objects and memorabilia to recall stories, and all the people that make me who I am. It is a reflection of my life thus far, its cleanliness (and lack there of – teehee!), a constant collaborator of my experience, pointing out to me when I’m getting too busy, too scattered and need to make more time. My home is my comfort, my nest, my grounding.

7. Are there any self-care rituals that are important to you?

Learn from the senses. Walk on grass. Smell air…listen. Everything has a heartbeat. Leave room for nature to teach you… humble you. Walk to clear and hear your thoughts. Go to the waters. If you have a daily ritual of applying lotions or massaging yourself in an oil, look where you touch. Allow self-touch to be intentional. As if touch can offer a “I see you… or I love you” from yourself, to yourself as you feel your own body at this age, this point in your life experience.

If I don’t have time to meditate, I find a way to tap in, while on the go. I remember a Kundalini teacher guiding me to “Let breath breathe you”. I feel my breath. I stare at the moon. I like to think of all my movements, all my choices, every intentional breath as a GIFT to myself and take notice of how I act differently.

Most of all. I am constantly reminding myself to TRUST in the infinitely unknown, and to ENJOY. To laugh as HARD and as FEEL much as I can. Remembering that the days that I am living now are the ones I will be remembering when this lifetime comes to an end.

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Fortnight Lingerie by Taylor Hand - 2M ago
Fortnight Swim 2019
May 11, 2019
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Photographed by: Lily Cummings Model: Tanya Gervasi Location: Polignano, Italy

Tanya wears the Swim Tie-Back One Piece Navy in Large

Tanya wears the Swim Longline Lime in 32E & High Waist Bottoms Navy in Medium

Tanya wears the Swim Pullover Stripe in Large & Fold Over Bikini Bottoms in Medium

Tanya wears the Swim Pullover Coral in Large & Fold Over Bikini Bottoms in Medium

Tanya wears the Swim Maillot Coral in Large

Tanya wears the Swim Adjustable Maillot Lime in Large

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Fortnight Lingerie by Taylor Hand - 3M ago
April 25, 2019
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1. Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a creative working in music and fashion. I make music as PANQUEQUE, and design as Tala Kamea. My music is emotional, melodic, and lush. I write on a piano or guitar, and then produce electronically in Ableton. My design aesthetics are broad – I love geometric minimalism, Rococo maximalism, tech-forward athletic wear, trashy club clothes… These days I mostly design for myself and my friends, occasionally taking on a bridal commission, or costuming a short film. I also work at Horses Atelier, working hard to produce jumpsuits for the matriarchy.

2. What do you like to wear closest to your skin?

Sandwashed silks and the softest jerseys. Beautiful lingerie. Give me a gracefully draped silk dress blowing in the wind. Cocoon me in a lightweight fine jersey turtleneck.

Ivy Strass Classic Wire in 30D + Seamless HW M (In-Store Exclusive)

3. What does feeling beautiful mean to you?

Feeling beautiful means being seen, feeling loved. It means being comfortable with and confident in myself. That means wearing things I’m excited about, pieces that I’m in love with, pieces that have served me well. It means taking time to do my hair/makeup when I want to. It’s being able to live in a moment, and feel all the things you might feel. Raw emotion. Some days I don’t feel so beautiful – those days I don’t feel like myself. So, I guess feeling beautiful is feeling like I’m being my true self.

4. What do you wear to feel most like yourself?

So many things. I go through phases, transitions, moods. Some favourites: zip jumpsuits from Horses Atelier, Cuban heels in the form of Ann Demeulemeester ankle boots and vintage cowboy boots, a silk crepe slip dress I made, crop tops with high-waisted anything, my totally destroyed Vans. On my hands, a silver skull ring by In Objects We Trust, and the sapphire ring I inherited from my Lola. We shared the same birth month.

Tala Wears the Vega Bodysuit Mauve Size M (In Store Exclusive)

5. When do you feel most confident?

Rocking a killer outfit. Crafting a beautiful thing. Dancing alone in my living room. Crushing tasks with great efficiency.

6. What makes a place feel like home?

The people inhabiting the space.

7. Are there any self-care rituals that are important to you?

I always take time to get my nails done. Enjoying a pain au chocolat. Applying essential oils before bed. Spending time with loved ones. Playing and writing music – this is my form of meditation + prayer.

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Fortnight Lingerie by Taylor Hand - 6M ago
Swim Essentials
January 31, 2019
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SWIM ESSENTIALS: Editorial by: Lily Cummings Shot in: Como, Italy Models: Marte Boneschansker and Isidora Popovic

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Fortnight Lingerie by Taylor Hand - 6M ago
The Grape Witches
January 16, 2019
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WOMEN IN FORTNIGHT: Krysta Oben and Nicole Campbell Photo Series by: Arden Wray

Grape Witches are real life best friends Krysta Oben and Nicole Campbell, who are championing natural wines through education and events in Toronto.

What does feeling beautiful mean to you?

k: As an awkward kid grown into an awkward adult, it’s not something I really think about buttt I suppose beauty comes from confidence and joy, feeling comfortable in my own skin. Maybe sometimes that comes from soaking up the right amount of sunshine or good vibes until you shine from the inside out until you can shine a little light on people around you.

n: Feeling beautiful to me is embodiment. It is an openness and ease that radiates and pulls in light. It is working through all of your bullshit and trauma and fear to show up for your life. It is taking up space, but leaving room beside you. When I think of who I want to be – at ease is at the very top of my list.

What do you wear to feel most like yourself?

k: -Whatever’s clean tbh! My closet is kind of a weird place with uniform black dresses and blasts of colour, my “style lol” hasn’t really changed in 100 years and I feel pretty at home in most of my clothes. Simple dresses! No pants! Not a lot of blazers haha! If it’s something fun like going to a friend’s show or going for dinner and then it’s whatever makes me feel most like myself in the moment. Maybe a velvet dress! Maybe black on black on black!

n: I have always loved dressing up like a clown on a smoke break. I feel most like myself in sequinned shirts, fringed tops, my pink Horses Atelier jumpsuit and vertical and horizontal stripes worn together (with a kerchief!). I live in pants and flats and too many patterns and NARS matte lip pencil in Cruella. Pants forever so I may sit on the ground wherever I go.

Krysta wears the CHxFortnight Longline + High Waist in Snow Leopard

Nicole wears the Ivy Bodysuit in Black

When do you feel most confident?

k: Being in nature, daydreaming, hanging out with people I love, doing work I’m good at, talking about wine I love to nice people.

n: Right after a juicy yoga class, surrounded by people I love, sharing something I’m passionate about, doing creative work with fiery people whom I try to make laugh. during all: Robyn plays.

What makes a place feel like home?

k: A place to chill, maybe a pet, maybe a plant, some memories made there, or some future memories

n: I will never move into a home without a good bath. Also, books and blankets and at least three feather pillows and my favourite snacks: dried mangos and peperoncini chips.

Are there any self-care rituals that are important to you?

k: Moving your body and a little face mask now and then can’t hurt. Quiet time is nice too! It’s rare when we’re all so busy doing stuff, but it’s nice to snatch a peaceful moment!

n: Movement means so much to me and taught me how to care for my body and understand it – s/o to my favourite Toronto yoga teacher Krista Marie Starr. I am an extroverted-introvert and time alone restores me. in that time, reading, podcasts, good whole foods and body oils are everything.

Nicole wears the Ara Plunge Bralette

What Fortnight piece is your favourite and how does wearing it make you feel?

k: Super into the black velvet bodysuit, makes me feel like a cute jaguar!

n: I have been wearing Fortnight body suits for yearsssssss, as a full body hug that makes me feel held and powerful all day no matter what I’m wearing. As a girl who is often wearing easy wireless bras, the longline bra feels so sexy. Knowing they are all handmade by a female-owned company out of Parkdale makes it even better.

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Fortnight Lingerie by Taylor Hand - 9M ago
Kristen
October 30, 2018
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WOMEN IN FORTNIGHT: Kristen Photo Series by: Arden Wray

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Kristen – an artist + community choreographer. I look at what I do as bridging work – weaving together worlds, communities, ideas, ways of Being. Ultimately I’m called to curate spaces and create work that brings people back to a deeper connection with the earth and spirituality. I’m currently digging into a storytelling project called Whole – exploring what it means to embody holistic ways of being while healing through these crazy times of transformation.

On the daily, I run a playschool for kids, a space to guide future earth warriors. I’m a founding member of Conscious Minds Cooperative – a youth led and run co-op for young people passionate about building communities that are climate change resilient. I’m also part of Kapwa Collective, a collective of artists, healers, teachers, and activists focused on reconnecting to Filipinx indigeneity, while unravelling what it means to be Filipinx in the diaspora. My fire is channeled towards learning how we can better care for this wild planet.

2. What do you like to wear closest to your skin?

Linens. Soft soft cottons. Silks. Natural fibres. + Lace! Pieces that allow for movement and flexibility.

3. What does feeling beautiful mean to you?

I feel the most beautiful when I feel the most myself. I feel the most beautiful when I’m alone in the forest, feet in the water, singing. I feel beautiful and at my happiest when I’m running barefoot through the woods, touching trees and plants and dancing alongside dragonflies and bees. I feel the most beautiful when I’m honouring the Wildest parts of my Being – when I feel supremely attuned, and little signs and synchronicities show up in abundance. Making room for solitude and playtime in nature is my alchemical combo for magic and beauty.

I think feeling beautiful also lives in the space between confidence / vulnerability / humility / acceptance / owning our inner power. Ultimately, feeling beautiful is about feeling connected.

4. What do you wear to feel most like yourself?

I love wearing pieces that I’ve inherited from my mum or dad or from loved ones – that’s when clothing really becomes armour for me. Threads that protect you, hold you, and make you feel close to the loved ones they belonged to before. When I need an energy boost, I usually go to the pre-loved pieces in my closet. It’s cool to know that these pieces carry memories and stories beyond you.

I also love wearing clothing made locally and by womxn I respect (Hoi Bo, Horses Atelier). I know that we have power as consumers. Ripple effects are real! Where we invest our money / energy matters. Supporting makers with strong ethics that prioritize sustainability makes me feel empowered. Radical statements made subtly through bodily expression.

I definitely go through cycles with the kinds of clothing I wear – sometimes loose and baggy and cozy and all black makes me feel most like myself, sometimes it’s a crazy mix of patterns and colours. I feel like I’m constantly transforming, so what I adorn myself in shifts and adapts to mirror those many selves.

5. When do you feel most confident?

When someone really hears me – deep listening is a gift.
Walking in public, entangled with a lover. Red lips.
After seeing angel numbers (11:11 1:11 3:33 4:44)
Standing alone while being rocked by the waves of the ocean.
After organizing an event + all my favourite peoples from different realms show up and are exchanging vibes. That feels good.

6. What makes a place feel like home?

Plants!!!! Trees!

Diversity. Growing up in Toronto / Tkaronto means diversity has become crucial to me. I look for it when I travel. It makes me feel safe.

Someone somewhere once said “Home is where your mom is” – when I’m feeling most raw, this aphorism is Truth.

I’m a Being of the Earth learning how to be adaptable like water so that anywhere can feel like home. Fluidity and openness is resilience.

7. Are there any self-care rituals that are important to you?

Lemon water, learning how to ask for help from community when / how I need it, monthly New Moon Circles to get in sync with cosmic cycles, learning how to say No, singing, sitting quietly in solitude in nature, writing without judgment, running, deconstructing + rearranging my space. Going to shows, dancing, screaming, crying crying crying.

8. How does wearing Fortnight make you feel?

Putting on Fortnight makes me feel like I’m stepping into the Womxn I’m meant to be!!! Gentle, + a powerhouse. Like a blue flame. I used to be a burn-your-bra-er, but the Vega Flora Demi underwire bra has transformed me. Wearing the full set makes me feel grounded and in control, which is super helpful grounding while I navigate life-path changes. The pieces hold me so that I feel like I’m able to swim through the unknown with more beauty and grace. Donning the bodysuit makes me feel like I’m dripping, like a Knife.

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Artists We Love: Lauren Tamaki
October 17, 2018
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TARA BY LAUREN TAMAKI Interview By: Liron Davis

Lauren Tamaki draws how I imagine the world on days I’m feeling most optimistic — vibrant, whimsical and spontaneous. In addition to imbuing brightness into the world through her illustrations, Lauren is a Brooklyn-based artist, graphic designer and sometimes art director. Her artwork has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Women’s Wear Daily. Lauren spoke to us about one of her illustrations, which beautifully captures an intimate moment while depicting so much more. Read below to find out more about Lauren’s work and why we adore her so.

LD: When did you create this piece?

LAUREN: This was created for The Washington Post. They reached out to me because it was the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and their art director wanted all these female illustrators to submit artwork. It was an interesting thing because they also had me answer questions like, “what does the women’s movement mean to me?” and “how has this last year been shaped by the movement?” They asked me for this very open-ended piece – I could submit anything – which is rare especially in print. It was awesome being given the chance to marry a style that I love doing in my off-hours with a commissioned work, knowing that it would be not overly scrutinized.

LD: What was the inspiration behind it?

LAUREN: The person in this illustration is my best friend Tara. We went to high school together, but we haven’t lived in the same city since we graduated. She lives in Vancouver, living a very different life from mine, but we are still best friends. She has two daughters and I have no children at the moment and don’t really live that much of a domestic life, but I feel so connected to her. Tara and are both very passionate about reproductive rights and because the subject was the Women’s March, I knew I had to have a personal connection to the illustration I submitted. Breastfeeding is still contentious which is so crazy to me. I believe women should be in charge of their own reproductive health — when, how and if we have a family. Tara herself helped me come up with this part of the quote I sent to The Washington Post alongside my illustration: “It’s a quiet moment but it’s also emblematic of the experience of being a woman, bodies being used, given all the time, every day.”

LD: How do you choose which commissioned projects to take on?

LAUREN: I have no formula. It’s a combination of factors, including if I have the time. Time didn’t used to factor in for me. I used to take on most projects if I liked them. But now I live with my partner and I’m trying to adjust the level of working and not working. The commissioned project doesn’t necessarily have to be from a prestigious company for me to accept it. It just has to be in a well-designed context and something that the people behind it care about. I’m lucky nowadays that people come to me for what I do and for my style. In terms of choosing what I paint or draw, I go with my intuition and that’s how I choose things a lot the time. Often I will choose jobs that don’t pay a ton of money but are super meaningful and give me the freedom to explore.

LD: What does your studio setup look like?

LAUREN: I am currently sitting in my kitchen, which is my studio as well. This worked out okay when I lived by myself, but it’s a one-bedroom apartment that I share with my partner so it’s a little cramped. But the joy I get from conducting a business call in a fancy robe and no pants is undeniable. I love the feeling of getting to work whenever I want; it can be 10 p.m. and I can just pop in to my computer and do whatever. There probably should be more separation between work and life, but right now there is absolutely no separation.

LD: Which themes are you drawn to or find yourself frequently addressing in your illustrations?

LAUREN: I love drawing observational art! Especially in New York, you can just walk down the street and people will be doing, dressed in or carrying super interesting things. Even everyday moments are interesting to me. One of my favourite things I drew last year was from a quick photo I snapped in Toronto of a workman carrying a big red toolbox down the street, as the leaves were falling around him. I just thought it was so beautiful so I drew it. I am constantly taking photos of people on the street for reference.

LD: What inspires you as of late, visually or otherwise?

LAUREN: It is Fashion Week right now so I would be remiss not mention how much I love drawing fashion and how much I do it for my own general pleasure. This week I’ve been looking at all the shows and the backstage photos. I went to Ryerson and got a degree in Fashion Design before getting a degree in Visual Communications at ACAD, so I can never get away from it. Midway during my Ryerson degree I knew I wouldn’t be a fashion designer, but I also knew that it was always something I would be extremely fascinated by. The breadth of possibilities that exist in fashion always inspires me.

LD: Do you ever have inspiration blocks? If so, how do you handle them?

LAUREN: I’m the kind of person that needs to have something in front of me to draw. Drawing from my own imagination is not something I’m very good at. I love looking at objects; I love drawing flowers. Flowers are my favourite things to draw in the entire world. If I am hurting for something to draw, I will just draw flowers, a plant or the negative space between the stems and leaves. That is endless inspiration for me. I never usually have a block because there is always something to gain inspiration from when I look around me.

LD: Which piece of yours do you feel the deepest connection to?

LAUREN: Tara is honestly the one I feel the deepest connection to because of the subject matter and because it’s my best friend. It is such a beautiful moment.

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Fortnight Lingerie by Olivia De Vellis - 10M ago
Editorial by Lily Cummings
October 4, 2018
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AUTUMN/WINTER 2018: PHOTO SERIES BY LILY CUMMINGS Shot in Argegno, Italy Models: Marte Boneschansker, Isidora Popovic

Lily Cummings is a photographer based in New York. Lily recently spent time working and travelling in Italy, where she shot a series for our Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. We are forever inspired by Lily’s eye for form, shape, texture, line and curves, exposing beauty in the intimate and cinematic – And forever inspired by Italy, where beauty is an essential element of everyday life. Viva Italia.

Above: Isidora wears the Vega Flora Bodysuit in Glacier, size Small. Below left: Ivy Classic Slip in Champagne/Ivory. Below right: Mira Bodice and High Waist in Black.

Above: Silk Cropped Palazzo and Cropped Tank in Black.

Above: Marte wears the Vega Flora Longline in Glacier size 36DD and High Waist in Large. Below: Luna Longline in Sable/Ivory size 36DD and Seamless High Waist in Large.

Above: Marte wears the Mira Bodice in size XL and High Waist Large in Ivory. Below: Luna Longline size 36DD and Seamless High Waist Large in Black.

Above: Marte Wears the Luna Longline in Champagne/Ivory size 36DD and Seamless High Waist Large. Below: Isidora wears the Ivy Signature Bodysuit size Small in Olive/Black. Isidora wears the Ivy Signature Longline size 30D in Olive/Black, and Seamless Bikini in size Small.

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