“That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.” – Lilly Pulitzer
On Sunday, Lilly Pulitzer – that irrepressible icon of Palm Beach style – passed away at the age of 81. Lilly was a socialite who inadvertently launched an empire 60 years ago by simply solving a problem: she needed a way to conceal the stains she’d get on her clothing while working at her orange juice stand. (I know, it does seem amusing that the wife of a wealthy citrus-grove owner would essentially set up an old-school Lemonade stand – it’s a testament to refusing to be bored.) Anyway, she had some dresses made for herself using fabric with colorful fruit themes and – yada yada – Jackie Kennedy wore one in Life magazine and the whole thing spiraled upwards from there. Lilly’s irreverently spunky sensibility came through in her cheeky interpretation of a Floridian nirvana; bright colors, whimsical patterns and sea-themed iconography. I thought we’d honor her today by revisiting a few of her distinctively joyful prints.
“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.” – Lilly Pulitzer