Wellington designer Lucilla Gray, wearing her Aurora earrings in Pearl
Lucilla works from her studio in central Wellington
Artwork by Lucilla’s partner Phil Andrews. An in-demand Animation/Art Director, Phil trades software for a
pencil after-hours as an award-winning hyper-realism portrait artist.
My two favourites from Lucilla’s line of statement earrings
Aurora earrings – 14k gold plated stud with a tort teardrop
Pomona earrings – a new style being released just this week.
Pomona was the goddess of fruit trees and orchards, and this organic form was inspired by the shape of a pear.
It was Lucilla Gray’s contemporary jewellery I first spotted, and I just had to know more about the designer. So I asked photographer Nadine Ellen to visit Lucilla’s central Wellington studio, from which she runs her self-titled womenswear label.
Lucilla studied a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion at Massey – but her work started being noticed by stylists and magazines even before she finished uni. After an internship with Kate Sylvester and a bit of working travel, Lucilla returned to Wellington to start her own label. The Lucilla Gray aesthetic embraces structural silhouettes and an intelligently feminine feel, re-inventing timeless pieces for the modern woman. As well as working on a new jewellery collection for summer, Lucilla her currently preparing to launch a new made-to-order client service – a new-old-fashioned concept of tailor-making pieces which also embraces slow fashion, eliminates dead stock and reduces resource use. In an industry predominately driven by high-consumption fast fashion, that’s what I’d call a fashion-forward move.
Though her brand is still young, Lucilla is already enjoying the kind of career highlights that labels dream of – she’s been featured in several international magazines (including US Vogue), and, this year, designed a gown to be worn (by Signý Lemmon) at the Oscars. Big things…
Also, if my husband is reading this – the Solana Stud (small) in Bronze Tint, please?
Beautiful imagery with thanks to Nadine Ellen (< Insta) of Nadine Ellen & Tim Kelly (< main website)
Tim and Nadine are in-demand are wedding photographers, travelling throughout NZ and internationally.
I always feel lucky to have them shoot for The New when they’re back home in Wellington over winter.