Lorry Newhouse designs the timeless, elegant dress
Lorry Newhouse is a New York artist-turned-designer. Her first collection is a real head turner, consisting of 35 stunning pieces. Every single one is worth swooning over. They all feature Newhouse’s signature long sleeve profile. When glancing at these pieces, you can’t help but picture yourself in one of the gowns, complete with a clutch bag and platform heels. There’s no doubt about it, this designer is here to stay.
Lorry started out studying film at Yale, but she soon discovered a love of vintage clothes at her local Salvation Army store. This was the beginning of her vintage couture collection. She later studied pattern making and corset work in Paris, learning from the top fashion houses. Lorry’s company started out with gloves, and then tops, which evolved into separates, and day to evening wear.
When asked what her favourite piece from the collection was, Lorry said, “I have lots of favourites but the gold lame dress stands out for an evening piece. It has this incredible liquid-gold look that is amazing. I would pair it with a very simple pair of gold studs and rhinestone encrusted gold sandals.”
Everything in her line is made locally in the NYC Garment District. ”It is an important institution that needs to be supported. I feel so lucky that I can go to the GD and meet with fabric sourcers who carry beautiful intricate fabrics from all over the world. The Garment district inspires me daily and was a big reason why I started the line”, she added.
Newhouse favours luxurious textures, fabrics and materials, “The fabrics are what I am really about — so they are glamorous, beautiful, textured fabrics such as French and Italian brocades.” Fabrics are primarily sourced from Europe, with an emphasis on Italian fabric. Her skirts and jackets complete an urban, finely tailored look of good taste and sophistication. The evening looks shimmer under the stars, using lush blues, deep greens and purples that recall the soft yet rich palette of dusk.
As for her favourites on the fashion front, Newhouse cited Norell, vintage Balenciaga, Balmain and “people like Adrian, who designed for films and really changed the fashion industry. All of a sudden you weren’t just seeing fashion in a magazine, but you were seeing it in film. It was lit so beautifully and it was part of a story,” she said, “I would love to see more of that happening — not just fashion on the red carpet.”
Lorry’s clothes are romantic, timeless, and the best part, trend-free. Primarily focused on polished dresses and dazzling gowns; these are the kind of finery that make women of all ages feel beautiful and alluring. Take a look at her stunning collection here.