(Wearing vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress, vintage necklace, Christian Louboutin Rondaldo Zipper Court Shoes)
I was met with the sad news that designer Lilly Pulitzer had passed away aged 81 yesterday morning.
Her facebook page read “Early this morning, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau passed away peacefully in Palm Beach, surrounded by family and loved ones. Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her. In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us. Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world.”
I wanted to add my own tribute to Lilly, a true creative and someone who just wanted to put fun into the world. I bought my first ‘Lilly’ two years ago, a chance finding in a vintage shop for just a few pounds. Which I am wearing above. The acid bright, cheerful print made me smile when I found it and makes me smile every time I pull it out. It is such a versatile dress, it can be dressed up or down. Here I have dressed it up with towering heels, but it also looks fab with my French Sole ballet shoes and sandals.Of course I had heard about Lilly before I found my dress, however it wasn’t until after falling in love with my dress that I wanted to discover more about the designer. You can read a short history of Lilly and her design journey on her website and blog, it is a fascinating story which all stated with a juice stand in Palm Beach – Lilly first created her prints to hide the bright stains on her dresses from the juice! When her old school friend Jackie Kennedy was┬á photographed wearing a ‘Lilly’ on holiday huge demand was created for the dresses. Lilly ended up selling more dresses than juice and so her business took off.
┬áJackie Kennedy wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress
Since buying my dress I have been on the look out for more ‘Lilly’s’, in a strange twist of fate I found this one yesterday. Thank you Lilly.┬á You were a fine example of how a lot of hard work and a little luck is all you need to follow your dreams.
Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau 1931 – 2013
(Images -Jackie via thefashionexaminer.com; Lilly via qctimes.com)