|Lilly Pulitzer, 1931 - 2013|
I awoke Sunday morning to the sad news that Lilly Pulitzer had passed away that same morning - at her home in Palm Beach.
In the 1950's, Lilly and her husband moved to Palm Beach, Florida - and she decided to open a juice stand (she and her husband owned citrus groves) just off Worth Avenue. But, over the course of working each day - Lilly discovered that she was having a hard time keeping clean. So . . . like any wise entrepreneur . . . she designed work outfits - jaunty shift dresses in bright, manic floral prints - that would hide the day to day activity.
Soon she discovered that she was having more interest in her bright ensembles than the juices . . . so by 1959, she became president of Lilly Pulitzer, Inc based in Miami - and she was wardrobing such famous names as Jackie Kennedy and members of the Vanderbilt family.
So for a few moments . . . let's just celebrate her bright, cheerful style . . .
"Despite the forecast, live like it's Spring"
- Lilly Pulitzer
Long. Live. Lilly.