Preppy Pack Rat Update & A 31-foot-tall Tiffany Gift Box

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a new week.

We are brief today, beginning with a note that this month’s T&C has another story about the ‘Preppy Pack Rat’.  From the Town & Country article:

Thomas Cary’s Upper East Side apartment is a preppy paradise, meaning it’s timeless, if not eternal. John Perona’s El Morocco Family Album lies just steps from a Chipp madras blazer out of the 1960s.

This photo accompanies the piece.

Town & Country March 2013

Tina Barney/Town & Country March 2013

Many will note the Lilly ‘go to hell’ blazer Mr. Cary is sporting, as well as other treasures, like the needlepoint pillows. We have previously written about Mr. Cary, most recently in June of 2011. Back to the T&C story:

Cary used to be a buyer for Brooks Brothers but now focuses on the Cary Collection, which he oversees out of his time machine of a one-bedroom apartment. (Companies like Kate Spade and Bergdorf Goodman are steady clients.)

This graphic illustrated the piece.

Town & Country

Photo: Pamela Cook/Studio D/Town & Country March 2013

That is an Asprey watch ($1,800), a Lilly Pulitzer jacket ($750) and a pair of Sulka slippers ($950), all from The Cary Collection.

If visiting Mr. Cary’s website there is no shortage of eye candy.

The Cary Collection

The Cary Collection

Yours truly was drawn to some of the Objets from classic nightclubs, like this piece from the iconic Stork Club.

The Cary Collection

The Cary Collection

I’m guessing The Consort wouldn’t turn down the Secret Agent’s Aston Martin Action Car.

The Cary Collection

The Cary Collection

There are such splendid treasures on Mr. Cary’s site, one can only imagine what seeing the apartment in person must be like.

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Our other tidbit is a quick look at last week’s ‘Tiffany Blue Book Ball,’ held at Rockefeller Center last Thursday. More from Women’s Wear Daily:

Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue box got a healthy dose of steroids at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center on Thursday night for the brand’s Blue Book Ball to toast its new Jazz Age collection tied to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

There is something fun about a giant Tiffany box. Below we see Sarah Jessica Parker in a vintage Vicky Tiel dress, Gwyneth is wearing Ralph Lauren and Kate Hudson is in a Reem Acra that is pretty darn close to that robin’s egg blue.

Steve Eichner/Women's Wear Daily

Steve Eichner/Women’s Wear Daily

Michelle Williams (L) and Doutzen Kroes (R) both dripping in diamonds from Tiffany.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

If forced, I could give up my party invite (what invite???) and simply go for the sparklies.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Carlton Davis/Tiffany & Co.

Below, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Really, just the gems and I’ll be fine. Give those tickets to some more deserving soul.

David /Tiffany & Co.

Carlton Davis/Tiffany & Co.

On that note, g’bye until next time.

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Tiffany and Brooks Brothers and Prada Have What in Common?

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Thursday here at the Prepatorium. In an effort to move beyond the day’s headlines, we move back to our previously scheduled post.

We have a look at some of the products tied to the soon-to-be-released Great Gatsby film from Baz Luhrmann. The marketing machine is really kicking in, and we’re not necessarily talking about the movie’s May 1st première.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby/Warner Brothers

No one will be surprised to learn a sizable amount of buzz surrounds the costumes, those have been overseen by Costume Designer Catharine Martin.  Gatsby-related magazine covers have been visible for months, now the big fashion splashes are getting underway. Below, Vogue Australia’s May cover with Karlie Kloss.

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Vogue Australia

From the magazine’s website:

We are so excited about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby that we dedicated our whole issue to it.

There are reports the dress worn by Ms. Kloss in the photo above is one of those designed by Miuccia Prada for the film.

The Great Gatsby Official Website

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby Website

Above we see it on actress Carey Mulligan, she stars in the iconic role of Daisy. The dress is from Prada’s spring/summer 2010 collection, it looks like Ms. Kloss is wearing it with the front/back reversed.

More about the costumes from News.com Australia:

Australian director Baz Luhrmann called in a favour from a 16-year-old friendship when he tapped Miuccia Prada, of the famous fashion house, to collaborate with himself and his designer wife Catherine Martin for the costumes in the sumptuous production.

In an exclusive interview in Vogue Australia’s May issue out tomorrow, Prada discusses the results, including an incredible dress designed for Carey Mulligan – playing Daisy Buchanan – which is covered in crystal chandelier drops.

Two of the Prada costume sketches via Fashion Foie Gras.

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Via Fashion Foie Gras

More from Fashion Foie Gras:

Just in case you are wondering, the collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann is not completely out of left field. The two have had a long friendship and actually collaborated recently for the Miuccia Prada / Elsa Schiaparelli exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, the original link to film goes back much further. Sixteen years ago, Miuccia Prada actually worked with Baz Luhrmann to create Leonardo Di Caprio’s suit for his 1996 remake of Romeo+Juliet.

Two more Prada sketches.

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Another big cover tied to the movie’s release, US Vogue. Its May issue showcases Carey Mulligan on the cover.

Vogue

Vogue

Retailer Brooks Brothers just launched its Gatsby Collection.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

The retailer made more than 500 ensembles for the movie, 1700 pieces altogether when including neckwear and shoes.  The tie with Brooks Brothers makes sense, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a regular customer. This WWD story has insight, quoting Catherine Martin:

“Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” she said.”

Brooks talks about the collection:

The collaborative effort, unprecedented among past Brooks Brothers partnerships in its depth and scale, consists of formalwear and daywear, including tuxedos, tailored suits, suiting separates (sport coats, waist coats, and trousers), shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories.

The Brooks website offers background on its collection, including a peek at several archival images. Below we see several straw boaters.

Brooks Borthers

Brooks Brothers

The updated version.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Below, the Tipped Blazer ($798) and a closeup of the special label going in Gatsby merchandise. Among other things, I imagine this will boost the collectible value of the pieces. (Translation: look for them on eBay, no?)

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Several more styles.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

A final look from Brooks Brothers.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

While the collection is clearly not intended for Brooks’ traditional customers (like yours truly and the Consort) it is creating substantial buzz on retail and menswear blogs. It will do well.

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Another storied brand with pieces used in the film, Tiffany.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Above we see The Savoy Headpiece, crafted of diamonds and freshwater cultured pearls set in platinum.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

It can be yours for $200,000.

Yesterday Tiffany unveiled its Gatsby themed windows.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Last night there was a soirée at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store celebrating the collection.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

This Women’s Wear Daily story has more:

“… (Martin) was drawn to the jeweler because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffany & Co. customer and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first design director, ran with the Long Island social circles portrayed in the story.

From the Tiffany Ziegfield Collection, we show the Daisy Pendant in sterling silver with black onyx and freshwater pearls ($400) and on the right, the Pearl Tassel Necklace with sterling silver ($1200).

Tiffany Gatsby Jeweler #1

Tiffany & Company

Also from the collection, we show the Pearl Ring ($475) and Cuff Links ($375), both done in sterling silver.

Tiffany & Company

Tiffany & Company

Both the Tiffany and Brooks Brothers collections are available for purchasing in stores and online now.

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The Great Gatsby opens nationwide in the USA on May 10, it also headlines Cannes May 15.

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Here is the latest trailer.

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Until next time, may the news be brighter wherever you may be.

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“Look For The Helpers”

Yesterday I elected not to publish the post I had written about The Great Gatsby, thinking it would feel more appropriate today.  It doesn’t.

Via FrontPagesToday Twitter Feed

Via FrontPagesToday Twitter Feed

This week in April has become very rugged for the American psyche. Waco. Oklahoma City. Columbine. Now Boston.

For some reason, this image….

CBS News

CBS News

Kept reminding me of this.

Via

Via

We are a resilient lot however. Out of the chaos there were stories of courage and bravery.

Boston Globe

John Tlumacki/Boston Globe Sports

Another instance where we see images of those who rush into danger and bring others to safety.

Bill Hoenk for the Boston Globe

Bill Hoenk for the Boston Globe

Our methods for coping are as diverse as the country where we live.

Ben Revere plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, his Twitter feed yesterday tells a powerful story. He was excited to be playing, it was Jackie Robinson Day for Major League Baseball.

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Ben Revere Twitter Feed

And then this.

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Followed by this.

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

This is the photo that accompanied the tweet shown immediately above.

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Ben Revere Twitter Feed

Thousands did all they could to help those most directly impacted, those stories were told on social media.

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A woman posted pictures of her friend helping out.

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Tumblr

Restaurants opened their doors.

El Pelon Taqueria Twitter

El Pelon Taqueria Twitter

And people opened their hearts. These acts of kindness were repeated all over the area, hundreds, if not thousands of times. There was a Google doc connecting those willing to help with those in need.

Via Business Insider

Via Business Insider

Reading the tweets was a gentle nudge that there is always something positive, even if buried within a catastrophic event. And it reminded me of this, the classic “Look for the helpers” from Fred Rogers.

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A Colorful Goodbye: “To Lilly, Everyone Was Someone”

Usually in this space we offer Friday Fun, a bit of lighter fare heading into the weekend. But yesterday was Lilly Pulitzer’s memorial service.

Robert Sadler Clark/Women's Wear Daily

Robert Sadler Clark/Women’s Wear Daily

We want to share some of the images from that event.

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

It was a colorful crowd.

Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post

Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post

More from Women’s Wear Daily:

“This isn’t a funeral but a fashion show,” said one member of the packed congregation of local families including the Fanjuls, Lickles, Coniglios, Boardmans, Mercks and Kassatlys.

Lilly Pulitzer Memorial Service 4 Shot Attendees All WWD Robert Sadler Clark

Robert Sadler Clarke/Women’s Wear Daily

The memorial was at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach.

Robert Sadler Clark/Women's Wear Daily

Robert Sadler Clark/Women’s Wear Daily

A closeup of one of the more vivid color combinations seen on the gentlemen.

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

Old friends greeted one another.

Richard Graulich/

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Attendees were welcomed by Lilly’s step-grandson Adam Boalt, shown lower left, and her grandson Jack McCluskey, lower right.

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Palm Beach Daily News

Those gentlemen handed out programs for the service.

Via Palm Beach

Via Palm Beach

Back to WWD.com:

After her grandchildren Lilly Leas and Bobby and Christopher Leidy read, son Peter Pulitzer’s eulogy had everyone laughing — just as his mother, a tireless hostess famous for her democratic open-door policy and love of a good party, would have wanted.

It was an overflow crowd.

Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

More on Peter Pulitzer’s eulogy from WWD.com:

“There were too many cats, too many dogs, too many people and too many colors, way too many colors,” he said, recalling the exciting cast of characters at breakfast, and her makeovers if guests ever showed up in neutrals. “You couldn’t help but get caught up in her joie de vivre. She taught us how to find that splash of color when we’re low or bored.”

And this portion of the eulogy comes via the Palm Beach Daily News:

She gave and gave and gave, and asked for nothing in return, he said.

“Joyous feelings just oozed out of her.

“She showed us how to enjoy life.”

Pulitzer concluded his remarks by thanking those at the service, “for sharing your lives with our mother.”

Below, we see one of Lilly’s daughters, Liza Pulitzer Calhoun, leaving church after the service. She is escorted by her son, Robert Leidy Jr.

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

From WPBF-TV:

After a final rousing Easter hymn, Lilly Pulitzer’s family streamed out of the church and embraced in memory of a woman who so transformed Palm Beach society that even her funeral looked more like a holiday celebration than a somber remembrance in black.

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

And the stories. Oh, the stories, you know they had to be fabulous. This one comes via WPBF:

Her friends remembered her as just so much fun; some of them shared their Lilly memories. “I think my son walking her dogs when he was 10 years old,” Suzanne Briley said. “We had a lot of laughs because she got a pig and he refused to walk the pig and that ended his job.”

Loads of Lilly memories have also been shared on the Lilly Pulitzer website.

LillyPulitzer.com

LillyPulitzer.com

Below you see one of Lilly’s youngest descendants, Mary Boalt. The young lady is held aloft by Christopher Leidy, Lilly’s grandson.

The Shiny Sheet/Palm Beach Daily News

The Shiny Sheet/Palm Beach Daily News

I am guessing that perhaps even some new friendships were made.

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

These words seem a fitting closure to our post today, they come via the Palm Beach Daily News:

In her homily, the Rev. Kate Kelderman recalled her first meeting with Mrs. Rousseau at her house. She felt a bit stodgy in her “boring priestly black” outfit when she was being introduced to the queen of prints and color.

When Kelderman, who was essentially a stranger, was leaving the house, Mrs. Rousseau said to her, “Stop by anytime, door’s always open.

“Lilly said this to everyone,” Kelderman said. “To Lilly, everyone was someone. We were all drawn to her because of her brightness. Lilly embraced life with all its heartaches and joys. She was not afraid of dying, because she wasn’t afraid of living.”

Chris Salata/The Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

Chris Salata/The Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

For those curious about possible charitable donations, following are the two organizations designated by the family.

American Cancer Society
235 S. County Road # 20
Palm Beach, FL 33480

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
3100-3200 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

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Don Draper Faithful? Silly Princess.

Hello-Hello and Happy Wednesday.

Sunday was an odd day here at the Prepatorium. Yours truly and The Consort attended an antique book and ephemera show, looking at things like this:

"America As It Was" via PatSabin.com

“America As It Was” via PatSabin.com

We’re fiends for old catalogs and posters and postcards, we’ve been known to spend hour upon endless hour a minute or two searching for treasures that might make fun gifts.

For example, a friend loves her schanuzers and scotties, so something like this would fit the bill nicely when the holidays roll around.

NoCrybabyDoGs etsy shop

NoCrybabyDoGs etsy shop

Items that speak to The Consort’s heritage also make great giftables.

PrettyPostcards etsy Shop

PrettyPostcards etsy Shop

I ended up dawdling quite a bit so we didn’t get home until late afternoon, learning the sad news about Lilly Pulitzer as soon as we walked in the door. By the time I finished cobbling together a post about Lilly it was time for the Mad Men Season 6 two-hour special.

Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Frank Ockenfels/AMC

SPOILER CAUTION!!!!

Seeing the show return to what felt like “the good old days” was a delight, the dialogue, pacing, and directing seemed much more in keeping with Seasons 1-4. Regardless of content I will always enjoy the costumes.

Via Huffington Post

Via Huffington Post

It is now 1967-1968 in the series timeline, there are Peter Pan collars and bows.

Frank Ockenfels/AMC

More from Tom and Lorenzo:

Betty is still – and probably forevermore – dressing in that conservative, mature Republican political wife drag, right down to the bow on the front of her suit. She is, after all, a package to be presented to the world.

AMC via Tom and Lorenzo

AMC via Tom and Lorenzo

For those wondering about ratings, more from HuffPo:

According to AMC, 3.4 million people tuned in to watch the “Mad Men” Season 6 premiere, which is down slightly from the Season 5 premiere that had 3.5 million.

AMC

AMC

For almost the entire two-hour première it appeared Don had stopped his philandering ways and settled down, remaining true to wife #3, Megan.

AMC via Mashable

Michael Yarish/AMC via Mashable

Silly me.

Tom and Lorenzo have the details:

He’s still drinking to excess and publicly humiliating himself, he’s still screwed up over his own mother and his stolen identity, and worst of all, he’s still cheating on his wife.

Via Huffington Post

Via Huffington Post

I should have known better.

Part of the show was set in Hawaii, and every outfit that “Megan” (Don’s wife) wore in those tropical scenes reminded me of Lilly. It was nice to see I wasn’t the only one thinking that. Sloane Crosley also makes that connection in this New York Times piece about the show:

“….while we’re still on the subject of Hawaii because every pattern she wears is derivative of or an actual dress by Lilly Pulitzer, who died on Sunday. So let’s pour out a blue drink for Ms. Pulitzer.

Perhaps the day’s events weren’t as weird as I initially thought, it seems there was legitimate linkage between Lilly and Mad Men.

PS: I remain clueless as to the origins and future (if any) of the Sandy character.

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Lilly Pulitzer, 1931-2013 “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

The world is a little less bright today. Lilly Pulitzer died this morning at her home in Palm Beach.

More from the Lilly Pulitzer Facebook page:

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.

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

Most friends here know how Lilly became a fashion entrepreneur, but I always learn something new whenever looking back at the amazing tale of Lilly’s life. More from Women’s Wear Daily:

In search of a hobby after suffering a bout of depression in her late twenties, Pulitzer at first opened an orange juice stand in 1958 and then began developing brightly colored and boldly patterned shifts and blouses to help hide the stains created by her new enterprise.

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Robert H. Houston/AP via The NY Times

From the NY Times:

Pulitzer’s dresses hung behind her juice stand and soon outsold her drinks. A boutique featuring the company’s dresses — developed with the help of partner Laura Robbins, a former fashion editor — soon replaced the juice stand.

Below we see Wendy Vanderbilt and a friend wearing their Lilly shift dresses in 1964.

Assouline Palm Beach viaPost

Assouline via Palm Beach Post

This offers a better view of a vintage Lilly dress.

nelsonbridge etsy

nelsonbridge etsy

The dresses became a big hit in Florida and other resort communities.

Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

Slim Aarons via People Magazine

From WWD’s story:

….the accidental designer began selling the dresses for $22.50 apiece and couldn’t keep up with demand, aided by a designing couple at Key West Fabrics who helped conceive the lively colors, tropical print themes and other bits of whimsy that would become the brand’s signature.

The fabric was made in Florida at Key West Hand Print Fabrics, TQM was fortunate enough to visit and watch textiles actually being created.

Florida Memory

Charles Barron/Florida Memory

Below we see a 1962 photo of a woman in a bespoke Lilly silk dress, in the background, Lake Worth.

Via Life Magazine

Via Life Magazine

Lilly in a seashell dress.

Henry Grossman/Timepix via Women's Wear Daily

Henry Grossman/Timepix via Women’s Wear Daily

But the famous frocks weren’t really a national phenomenon until Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing one on the Cape.

LIFE Magazine

LIFE Magazine

Back top the Times story:

Pulitzer’s tropical print dresses became a sensation in the 1960s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who attended boarding school with Pulitzer, wore one of the sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread.

And things really took off. Below, some early ads shared by on the Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest page. At the bottom of the photo lower left you might just be able to see that fabric was available for $5 a yard.

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Many early pieces were embellished with lace.

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This offers a more detailed view.

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Another example.

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I like this part of a 2008 W Magazine story describing how Lilly stuck to her guns:

Though Rousseau credits a confluence of timing and luck for her success—with the Kennedy clan vacationing in Palm Beach those days, “the light was shining in this spot”—an unflinching stubbornness clearly served her label well. Told by one retailer that she had to start making fall clothes, Rousseau replied, “Oh, but you don’t understand, it’s always summer somewhere.”

Thus she introduced what just may have been one of the first resort collections, a year-round summery lineup that grew to include men’s, children’s and swimwear…

Two vintage menswear pieces.
First Dibs

First Dibs

A 1968 ad for the men’s line of clothing via Lilly Pulitzer’s Pinterest.
1968 Advertisement via Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

1968 Advertisement via Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

From a 2003 piece in Vanity Fair titled Palm Beach’s Barefoot Princess:
The Lilly Pulitzer product grew like a family. A Lillyputian version of the shift called “the Minnie,” named for Lilly’s elder daughter, was made for little girls—a great marketing move. Clothes for men took off, too: pants, swim trunks, ties, and a line of batiste nightshirts….”

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And what men liked their Lilly? People magazine’s story has an answer.

Men, too, got Pulitzer-ed, among them: author George Plimpton, comedian Bob Hope and football star Joe Namath, in wildly flowered pink-and-blue PJs (Pulitzer Jeans).

Vintage Lilly menswear continues to be popular even now, this is a March post by the Necessary & Proper blog.

Necessary & Proper Blog

Necessary & Proper Blog

But it was the womenswear that fueled the company, this is from a 1977 catalog.

Lilly Pulitzer via Pink Pelican

Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

Lilly surrounded herself with color.  Rich, vivid, vibrant colors.

Via

Via

That remained true for womenswear, be it bell bottoms or a mini-dress.

First Dibs/Chictopia

First Dibs/Chictopia

Despite Lilly’s relatively high profile she preferred life out of the spotlight. From Vanity Fair:

Lilly is private. Even her closest friends complain of how tucked away she keeps her feelings—“a sphinx,” one calls her. “Scorpio” is what she calls herself. “They do everything in excess,” Lilly explains, “but keep things very close to the chest. I’m not into horoscopes and all that, but it is telling. Scorpios hold everything in.” Just like the Lilly. When that whimsical shift is on, you can’t tell what’s happening underneath.

The Pink Pelican has a wonderful Vintage Lilly Pinterest board.

Pink Pelican Pinterest

Pink Pelican Pinterest

The business grew for many years but then things started to slow down, we return to W Magazine’s story:

By the early Eighties, however, the working-girl wardrobe and a neutral palette had taken over fashion; sales were flagging, and Rousseau shut the whole thing down in 1984.

And then in 1993, the year her husband died, Rousseau was visited by Philadelphia businessmen James “Brad” Bradbeer Jr. and Scott Beaumont. There had been a generational shift, says Bradbeer, and the daughters and granddaughters of Lilly lovers were eager for those snappy prints and flatter-every-shape frocks.

The love of Lilly did pass from one generation to the next. This photo from a 2009 Vanity Fair story shows Kathleen Kennedy and Rose Kennedy (L) in their Lilly, on the right we see Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s daughters Kick and Kyra Kennedy in Lilly’s “Not So Crabby” print.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Lilly remained an active part of the re-launched brand, providing consulting services to the rejuvenated label.

Lilly Pulitzer 2004 via Palm Beach Post

Lilly Pulitzer 2004 via Palm Beach Post

Lilly’s design ethos speaks to her approach to life. Back to the Times story:

“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks! I entered in with no business sense. It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy,”

“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live,” Pulitzer said in 2004.

Via

Via

Lilly loved spending time with family and friends. Below, we see the entrepreneur in 2004 with her granddaughters, (l to r) Lilly Leas, Charlotte Pulitzer, and Emma Pulitzer, after presenting the brand’s 2005 spring runway show.

Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times

Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times

Today the colors remain rich and spirited as seen in a group of Lilly Murfee scarves.

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

From today’s coverage in Women’s Wear Daily :

“Today we celebrate all that Lilly meant to us and come together as Lilly lovers to honor a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world,” James B. Bradbeer Jr. and Scott A. Beaumont, who bought the Lilly Pulitzer brand in 1992, said in a statement.

James Bradbeer Jr., president of Lilly Pulitzer, noted, “Lilly would always say, ‘It’s all about happy.’ There aren’t many places in our industry where happy is at the core. That has transcended time and generations, and it tells you a lot about the kind of special person that Lilly was.”

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

I like Kathie Orrico’s description of this one of a kind treasure:

“She sprinkled fun and pixie dust everywhere she went and was joyful right until the end,” said Kathie Orrico, a partner at C. Orrico, the specialty retailer that operates three Lilly Pulitzer stores and carries the line in its other four stores as well. “I saw her just last week and, just like always, she had cute phrases and words that inspired us to be bright and happy.

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

That seems fitting, fun and pixie dust.

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Fore, Please. The Consort Steps To The Teebox and Swings Away

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here striding confidently to the microphone to amuse and confuse you while The (lovely and very talented) Princess deals with her commitments to the community.  Now that the temperature is climbing my thoughts are turning to golf.  To be more precise, golf fashion and a dash of fun.  Ready?  I believe we are up on the tee.

Let’s begin with some golf fashions that have caught my eye recently.

Photo: Maide Golf

Maide Golf is rolling out a great line of pants, shirts and more.  You’ve likely heard of their parent company Bonobos.  The pants come in a variety of colors and the attention to detail is exciting.  I’m loving the 2″ zipper on the hem to allow you to adjust the break of the pants on your shoes.  Nice touch.  Next time you have a spare minute give them a look and envision yourself sporting those clean lines the next time you step to the tee.

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Or you could make a bolder statement with our friends from Loudmouth Golf.  You’ve no doubt seen their memorable patterns for pants, shorts, shirts and accessories.  Here’s one of the new looks for this season:

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This is the “Dropcloth” pattern but I imagine you figured that out for yourself.  They have a wide variety of patterns with a price tag for pants of around $100.  Go ahead and let the world know you have confidence in your game.

When I was younger we all believed there would be flying cars in our garages by the year 2000.  We’re not quite there yet but pro golfer and Masters Champion Bubba Watson might be taking us closer to that reality.

Bubba Watson's Hovercraft

Bubba and Oakley have reportedly created a hovercraft golf cart that might just usher in the next great age of golf cart racing.  Is it for real?  It seems to work in the video.  All I know is that this hovercraft might be just what I need to lower my handicap a few strokes.  The cost?  Who cares?  It’s a HOVERCRAFT GOLF CART!

It’s time to wrap this up for the day.  The Princess will be back here next time  with information you can actually use.  Until then remember to take care of your waitperson tonight because they’re working hard for you.  Good night, my friends!

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