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Lilly’s Big Birthday Bash, Brooks Brothers New Digs

Today we share a look at Lilly Pulitzer’s 80th birthday bash, clearly the place to be this weekend for many of us who admire the iconic designer.

The event was at the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History, an ideal venue, the Museum has been featuring a special Lilly  exhibit.

Courtesy Life is Better with a Twist of Lime

As one would expect at such a festive occasion, there was an abundance of pink and green.

Via Southern Living Preppy Style

Here is how Lilly’s plate looked.

Courtesy Mary Lane

What does one have for dessert at a celebration like this?

Courtesy Southern Living Preppy Style

Our thanks to the always delightful Jennifer from Southern Living Preppy Style for sharing her lovely pictures, below we see her with the birthday girl.

Courtesy Southern Living Preppy Style

Mary Lane was chairwoman of the event, we see her looking ever-so-chic below left, and on the right…wait a minute, I know that guy! It’s the one and only Kiel James Patrick.

Courtesy Mary Lane (L) & Twist of Lime (R)

Fortunately Kiel’s better half friend Sarah Vickers was also at the party, we see her below (L) with Bethany of Maryland Pink and Green (C) and Wendy of Life is Better with a Twist of Lime, isn’t that a gorgeous group?

Courtesy Life is Better with a Twist of Lime

There was also a fashion show by a company that knows its Lilly, C. Orrico.

Courtesy Mary Lane

There were also vintage styles shown, yours truly actually owns the frock on the left.

Courtesy Mary Lane

The party was clearly an enormous success, our hats are off to those who organized the gala. We also want to thank Mary Lane and Wendy of a Twist of Lime for graciously sharing their photos!

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Our second topic today involves another storied prep brand, Brooks Brothers, the retailer opened its new Flatiron concept store this weekend.

Steve Eichner/Women's Wear Daily

More on the store’s different look from Women’s Wear Daily:

….represents a major departure for the retailer in terms of merchandising. While the entire apparel assortment is also found in the company’s traditional Brooks Brothers stores, it is brought together in a creative, playful way to attract its target customer: college students and young professionals.

The merchandise has an edgier appeal without detracting from the core brand.

Brooks Brothers Courtesy Photos

The company is wise to broaden its customer base, more on the tactic in this post on the concept store.

Steve Eichner/Women's Wear Daily

Speaking of Brooks, we wanted to share the latest celebrity to step out in the company’s formal wear.

Disney

That is one very dapper frog, it turns out he wears Brooks in his new movie that opens Thanksgiving.

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Happy Birthday & A Guest Post

Hello-Hello and Happy Thursday!

Today’s post is different than most, as we are going to share only two items. The first is a Happy Birthday wish to the one and only Lilly Pulitzer, clearly today’s Pretty in Pink.

The Palm Beach Daily News

Lilly is 80 years old today, and will celebrate the milestone at home, perhaps resting up for Saturday’s big do. That is the “Preppy American Brunch” being held at the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History, tickets are still available for purchase online at the Museum’s website, where you can also learn more about the upcoming party.

Below, a photo of the inimitable designer from 1968.

Slim Aarons/Getty Images via Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History

Our other note is simply that we are guest posting over at I Pick Pretty today, it would be fun if you popped in for a visit!

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Le Boutique Targét’s Newest Designer, Plus: Those Lilly Pulitzer Sorority Prints

Hello-Hello and happy Monday!

We’ve loads of little tidbits to share, so we’ll dive right in with news of Target‘s next designer collaboration: the cheap chic retailer is partnering with Jason Wu.  Below we show four of the designer’s RTW (ready to wear) styles for spring/summer 2012, shown at Fashion Week just a few weeks ago.

All photos via Fashionologie

While all of the looks we show above are clearly party frocks of a serious nature, scaled-down versions for spring prom and wedding season could hold some appeal.  Many will remember Mr. Wu’s rise to prominence when Michelle Obama selected one of his designs for the Inaugural balls.

Women’s Wear Daily broke the news about the joint endeavor today, here are some of Mr. Wu’s thoughts:

“The exciting thing about this limited edition collection of affordable women’s wear and accessories is that it allows me to reach a wider audience and bring my designs to people who may not have been able to purchase them before,” said Wu. “My collection for Target is chic and wearable. I think women everywhere will enjoy it.”

Below, more casual styles.

All photos via Fashionologie

It’s no secret yours truly is a fan of the designer’s work, although not to the same degree we go all frothy enjoy Oscar de la Renta or Kate Spade’s creations. One of the primary reasons we are fond of Mr. Wu, his line is manufactured almost entirely in the USA, right in New York City, that is *very* difficult to do indeed.

The collection will include apparel and handbags, arriving in store and online February 5 of next year with prices ranging from $19.99 to $59.99. (A reminder about the styles shown above, these are runway looks, *not* styles from the upcoming collaboration.) To see Mr. Wu’s video announcing the line, click here.

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Next, an update on those Lilly Pulitzer sorority prints.  Below we show the original sorority patterns released by the company (left to right), Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Kappa Delta.

Via Lilly Pulitzer

The new prints have been released and items are now available for pre-ordering at LillyPulitzer.com. From left to right we show Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Chi Omega, Alpha Phi.

LillyPulitzer.com

Click here to see all of the pieces in all of the patterns.

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One other Lillified update, we are rapidly approaching a very big celebration honoring Lilly with an 80th birthday party!

Courtesy Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History

The good folks at the Lifestyle of Lifestyle and Fashion History is hosting the gala event, tickets for a “Preppy American Brunch” are now available for purchase online at the Museum’s website, where you can also learn more about the upcoming party.

Courtesy Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History

For those unfamiliar with the Museum, it is located in Boynton Beach, Florida and open 12 months a year. It has hosted exhibits on everything from Teddy Bears to Handbags, as well as a special retrospective on Lilly Pulitzer. (If the Museum and/or a Lilly exhibit sounds familiar, we previously blogged about both here.)

That’s it for today, we’ll be back again tomorrow!

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