Farewell, Lilly Pulitzer

There was just something about Lilly Pulitzer.  Her exuberantly colored shift dresses, in bold tropical patterns and hot hues, captivated everyone from bored midwest housewives to the wife in the biggest house of them all–First Lady jacqueline Kennedy (whose pic was snapped while wearing a Lilly creation on vacation). 

Pulitzer’s designs did more than start a fashion craze in the 1960s, they became synonymous with a resort lifestyle that not only survived, but grew into a global empire that spanned 50 years.

In 2011, Pulitzer jumped into home furnishings with such panache House Beautiful declared it the “Year of Lilly” and journalists world-wide (me included) totally agreed.  In our safe world of neutrals, things were suddenly a-bloom–thanks to Lilly.

Now just a few years later, we find ourselves saying good-bye. Lilly Pulitzer died yesterday at the age of 81.  Take a break sometime today or tonight and read the charming tribute to this iconic designer @ LillyPulitzer.com:


Thanks for giving us flower power, Lilly Pulitzer!