Monday, April 8, 2013

In Memory of Lilly Pulitzer

Yesterday, one of my life role models, Lilly Pulitzer, passed away at the age of 81.


Not only was she the entrepreneur of one of the biggest names in fashion history, but she was a pretty cool woman. She was a legacy that all started with a juice stand (as we've all read in the beginning of our annual Lilly planners). Her dresses started in Palm Beach with her trying to find a dress that would camouflage orange and grapefruit stains, but her dresses became brightly patterned, as we all recognize easily. (NY Times article)
Ms. Lilly went through a lot in her life, good and bad, but still managed to pull off looks that had never been started before, and even the beautiful cultural icon, Ms. Jackie Kennedy wore her dresses. And seriously, who doesn't want to dress like Jackie?
She was the start of an empire that created the eternal style we describe as prep. To me, clothes and fashion are more than just a materialistic manner but rather a way of expressing who you are and how you present yourself. I'd hope that every lady wearing Lilly is expressing Ms. Pulitzer's want to be classy, bright, and "always in a sunny state of mind".

I hope we all remember Ms. Lilly Pulitzer, a pretty kick-butt woman who put up with a lot to get where her name is today, because really:
Life is more fun in Lilly.
RIP Ms. Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau.
- Meredith

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