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Christine Cameron Gets Savvy

New York City blogger and Washington State native Christine Cameron of My Style Pill hit up our downtown Seattle store recently to check out the latest Savvy styles. Read on for a rundown of her favorite Seattle hot spots and summer outfit picks.

Name: Christine Cameron
Stylist, fashion blogger at My Style Pill, freelance writer
Current residence:
New York, NY
Richmond Beach, WA
Education: Western Washington University, journalism

Christine on Seattle:

Favorite restaurant: The Walrus and the Carpenter
Best happy hour: BalMar or RN74
Chicest boutiques: Other than Savvy, I like Totokaelo and Sway and Cake
Favorite day trip: Hopping on the ferry and going to Kingston or Gig Harbor
Best place for live music: The Gorge Amphitheatre
Homesick for: The people, and seeing mountains, water and trees all in one view
Favorite outdoor activity: Skiing at Stevens Pass
Insider tip: There’s a persistent perma-drizzle in Seattle, and unlike New Yorkers, Seattleites don’t carry umbrellas. So if you want to fit in, invest in a waterproof anorak.

After browsing around Savvy, Christine hit the fitting room to try on some summer-ready looks.

(left) MINKPINK floral sundress | (right) Tildon V-neck T-shirt

(left) BLANKNYC faux leather jacketTildon V-neck T-shirt | (right) ASTR tribal-print dress


ASTR faux leather crop-top and ASTR printed shorts with True Birds pendant necklace

(left) MINKPINK dress | (right) MINKPINK fringe kimono (available in stores), Edyson cutoff shorts and Idlewild cropped tank

Thanks to Christine for stopping by!

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From Mom, with Love: Lessons of a Full Life

When it comes to navigating through life, so much of what we know is passed down from mother to child. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Donna Karan, Lubov Azria, Lela Rose, Rachel Roy, Pamella Roland, Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe and Kelly Wearstler to tell us, “What’s the greatest advice mothers can share with their children?”

Check out the candid, poignant family photos that each of these designing women generously shared with us…


Donna Karan: Make time for love. “The best advice a mother can give to her child is that love is about time−the time you spend with others, and time you spend taking care of yourself. You need to find the balance and do both,” says Donna Karan, pictured with her daughter Gabby on her wedding day in 2002. (For her special day, Gabby wore a short dress with an added long tulle skirt, made by her mother, of course!)

Lubov Azria: Live your dreams. “Each of my daughters has a unique journey they are embarking on, and I support them wholeheartedly. I always advise them with what I tell myself every day: Work hard, stay focused on your vision, and follow your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,'” says Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, which includes BCBG and Herve Leger.

This busy business woman is mother to 6 children with husband Max Azria. Above, Lubov (pictured second from left) enjoys some girl time on Malibu Beach with her daughters Anaïs, 16, Agnès, 14, Marine, 21, and Chloé, 18.

Lela Rose: Conquer with kindness. Designer Lela Rose keeps her motherly advice simple and sweet: “Be nice, be nice, be nice.”

The New York-based Texan transplant is pictured with her two children, Grey, 11, and Rosey, 6, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Stitch and Bobbin.

Rachel Roy: You can make a difference. “The best advice I give my girls, which my mother instilled in me, is the importance of giving back to those in need,” shares Rachel Roy, pictured with her two daughters, Tallulah Ruth, 5, and Ava, 13.

Pamella Roland: Easy does it. “As my children have grown, my best advice to mothers of young children would be to not sweat the small stuff−you let go and let your children learn by making their mistakes, and you have to pick your battles,” says Pamella Roland.

During New York Fashion Week, you can always spot her three children, Cole, Sydney and Cassandra, cheering from the front row.

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Rebecca Minkoff: Search for excellence. “Find your PASSION and give 100%. It may or may not be easy to find; maybe the search will be painful and long, but you will find it at some point. And the feeling of satisfaction knowing you have given 100% brings tremendous contentment,” says Rebecca Minkoff, photographed with son Luca Shai, who will turn 2 in September.

Rachel Zoe: Do the right thing. “Always be kind, always have manners and always be grateful. Never be greedy, never be jealous and never be cruel,” says Rachel Zoe on the words of wisdom she instills in her son Skyler, 2.

Kelly Wearstler: Be a go-getter. “The best advice I can give my boys is the same advice my mother instilled in me: the only person who can make something happen for you is YOU. Be compassionate, be self-reliant, and love what you do,” shares Kelly Wearstler with her boys Elliott, 9, and Oliver, 10.

On Mother’s Day, remember the women who gave—and lived out—the best life advice for you.

(Uh-oh: Still need last-minute Mother’s Day gifts? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered!)

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of each designer

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VIVA Femme: Style Spotlight on Langley Fox

VIVA Femme is a new blog feature from designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, the duo behind Viva Vena!, who will be profiling cool ladies who represent the vibe of their brand.

Check out the new summer Viva Vena! collection, modeled by Langley Fox, an amazing illustrator and a dear friend of ours. We recently went over to Langley’s house with our friend, photographer Jason Frank Rothenberg, and played around for the day. The backdrop consisted of paper, cats, cactus, toilet paper and, of course, designs from our latest collection. Check out our interview with one of our favorite Viva muses.

Sophie & Lisa


VIVA VENA: How would you describe your drawings? What are your subjects?
LANGLEY FOX: My drawings have become more photorealistic recently. I use graphite mostly and like to draw characters—girls, animals or things of that nature. I try to involve some aspect of etherealness to them when possible.

Who are your favorite artists?
LANGLEY: I really love Edward Gorey and old work by Tim Burton. Old etchings are also very inspiring.

If you could live eternally at one age, which age would it be, and what would you wear?
LANGLEY: This one is a toughie! I guess I’d have to say my age now, but I haven’t even seen what I’ll look like as an old woman—that could be fun too! I hope to always be able to wear funky clothes, including fun socks and sneakers with shorts or miniskirts. (That probably won’t look so great when I get older.)

What is your weirdest habit?
LANGLEY: Oh, man, I am the queen of obscure habits! I guess one of the weirdest is how I wash my feet regularly in my bathroom sink, or how, when I put away my dishes, I rotate them so I use them all equally.

If you could die and come back to life as a dead actress or artist, who would it be?
LANGLEY: It would be awesome to come back as Audrey Hepburn!

If your cat was a human being, what would s/he be like and look like?
LANGLEY: Jack Skelington would be a handsome devil. I feel like he’d be slightly punk . . . really rebellious but actually a lover at heart.

Do you prefer animals to humans?
LANGLEY: Well, that depends. I like both in small doses.

How much time do you spend drawing a day? What is an average day in your life like?
LANGLEY: If I have a job, I can spend up to 10 hours drawing, but if I don’t, sometimes it’s just an hour or more. It really depends on what I’m doing and if I’m inspired. An average day in my life consists of waking up early, cleaning a lot, making myself meals at home, sometimes meeting up with friends, other times hiking, regular naps, drawing, planning and executing and going to bed ridiculously early.

How did you come to know Vena Cava our mainline collection?
LANGLEY: I met Sophie a few years back through lovely mutual friends, and from there, we slowly developed a love for each other and our crafts.

If you had to be a goth, a hippie, or a raver forever, which one would you be and why?
LANGLEY: I would definitely be a goth. I don’t want to be an oversized-pants goth though; I want to be the creepy, dark kind who looks mysterious, pale and knows weird magic.

Howard Stern or Jon Stewart?
LANGLEY: Howard Stern.

Do you hope to work in other media? If so, what?
LANGLEY: Well, I would love to start painting again and doing larger-scale work. I also think making fabric prints would be awesome.

Get to know design darlings Sophie and Lisa a little better in this Behind the Seams interview.

Discover the latest Viva Vena! styles for summer here.

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Behind the Seams: Wildfox’s Kimberley Gordon

For Wildfox‘s latest lookbook, Kimberley Gordon transformed Dutch model Valerie Van Der Graaf into a modern-day pinup girl, reviving nostalgia for classic Americana. We phoned the Los Angeles-based designer to chat about this very playful spring/summer ’13 collection, and she in turn created a few sketches (exclusive to The Thread) that reveal her creative process.

A Woman of Many Talents: Gordon wears many hats—designer, photographer and graphic artist—and is also a noted fashion illustrator.

A self-described pop-culture junkie, the British-born beauty is the creative force behind the vintage-inspired knitwear brand Wildfox. Since launching in 2007, the brand’s girl-power-promoting tee shirt designs have become a Hollywood standard for cool. Celebrity fans include Beyoncé, Katie Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift, which should give you an idea of what the Wildfox girl represents—it’s empowerment.

Wildly Foxy: The Wildfox girl is “unattainable and beautiful” just like a quintessential pinup girl.

This season Gordon was seduced by the allure and innocence of this pop icon that is reinvented every decade.

“The whole era of 1950s rockabilly is so interesting to me, and it’s very American. I love Grease, oldies and I collect all the cheesecake pinup books by Olivia De Berardinis. It just kind of made sense to do a pinup girl collection that captured an Americana feeling and remembered a wartime sex symbol,” she says on how the line was conceptualized.

Gordon certainly is a master in the art of visual storytelling. And although she’s not a formally trained designer, taking on the role was a natural manifestation of her many creative talents.

“I never really set out to be a designer. I moved to LA because of my love for movies,” she explains. “My background is in film and cinematography. As I was carving out my career here, I realized that design encompasses all of the things that I’m passionate about, such as film, photography, casting, beauty and styling. I’ve always done illustration and graphic design, so it all just fell together—that’s why you see a lot of storytelling in the collections.”

Cherry Bomb: Wildfox ‘Joan’ Cherry Print Top

From childhood, she has been obsessed with American pop culture. Teen idols like Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and the Backstreet Boys were catalysts for her interest in the world of calculated fantasy.

“I wasn’t fascinated by the idol itself, but by the team of people working together to create their iconic image. There’s really a formula to it all because pop stars aren’t born, they’re made and supported by a team, a lot like the production of fashion.”

Truth or Dare: Wildfox ‘Hippie’ Crewneck Tee

When it came to the production of the collection’s lookbook and campaign, Gordon knew she had to photograph London-based model Valerie Van Der Graaf. “It’s so hard to find a model with curves, and Valerie is such a rare girl,” she says. “She’s busty, beautiful and has this intoxicating energy, which are all things a pinup girl should represent.”

Oh là là: Wildfox ‘Falling In Love’ Tee

What present-day starlets would make for an ideal Wildfox pinup girl? “Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and of course Dita Von Teese,” adds the designer, who aspires to express the collection from an LA girl’s point of view.

Say What?!: Wildfox ‘Cry Baby’ Top & Wildfox ‘Double Dare’ Halter Top

This spring, keep the boys guessing with your own pinned-to-perfection Wildfox style.

–Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of Wildfox

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NYLON x Nordstrom: Getting Savvy with Olivia Lopez

Nylon TV tagged along as Lust For Life blogger Olivia Lopez picked up some of her favorite pieces from our totally revamped Savvy department.

The California cutie styled out some killer looks—with killer prices—that are perfect for whatever you’re up to, whether it’s date night or just a casual hangout with friends.

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The Goddess Guide: A Day in the Life of Melinda Maria

Inspired by her own glamorously graceful life, jewelry designer Melinda Maria has created a collection of pendant necklaces that represent the greatest qualities inside every woman: love, peace, power, prosperity and sisterhood.

Melinda Maria Goddess Cluster Pendant Necklace, pictured L to R: Love, Peace, Power, Prosperity, Sisterhood

Exclusive to Nordstrom, The Goddess Collection transforms accessories into a personal experience, where you can choose who you want to be. Each 14k gold-plated necklace is set with a one-of-a-kind charm, a stone and a symbol, each of which aims to entice the most stylish woman to unlock and ignite her inner goddess.

The Los Angeles-based jeweler gives us an inside look at her life and shares how she strives to live like a goddess every day, while also shedding light on what each symbol means to her.

The Look of Love: Pictured at the Bel Air home she shares with husband Art Spigel and their two sons Levi Lucky (left), 2, and Max Magic, 3, who seem to have inherited their mother’s green thumb.

THE THREAD: Why is it important for women to tap into their inner goddesses, and how do you hope this collection enables them to?

MELINDA MARIA: I have always loved how jewelry can be inherently sentimental. I wanted to create a charm collection that is truly unique and creates a sense of empowerment to women. Women tend to forget about the qualities they embody to help them flow through life with ease, especially in times of stress or when things get tough. The Goddesses are beautiful pieces of jewelry that I hope can also serve as a reminder around your neck to always remember the inner goddess powers you have within you.

The Look of Peace: Melinda Maria keeps fit and zen by doing yoga in the morning before heading to her studio. For this Spokane, Washington, native, peace is about finding the “inner strength to stay calm and act with grace,” especially when faced with conflict.

The Look of Power: For this designer, a woman is powerful when she is “fearless and confident.”

Tell us about the making of the collection. How does it differ from others?

MELINDA MARIA: This is the first time I’ve introduced charms to the Melinda Maria collection. It was fun to brainstorm ideas to help create a cohesive representation of each goddess and then see them come to life as I played around with different combinations of charms. I feel like this was a very personal collection for me, and one that is so representative of all the special women in my life. Generally with design, we’re able to think about different pieces working for different people with different styles. I wanted every Goddess to work for every woman!

The Look of Prosperity: Chase after your dreams and, like Melinda Maria says, “Go for your gold.”

This collection is very empowering. What’s your secret to living a happier, more powerful and more enlightened life?

MELINDA MARIA: There really is no secret. However, I’ve found that the minute you stop judging others, you are able to release the judgment of yourself. For me, personally, it’s about being OK with all my faults, being able to accept failure and being comfortable in my own skin, so that nobody can bring me down. Of course, we all have shortcomings, but choosing to accept them as part of what makes me myself has always helped make me feel empowered.

The Look of Sisterhood: A girls’ night out is a must. Here, Melinda Maria shares a laugh with a friend at SLS Hotels’ The Bazaar in Beverly Hills.

Any heroines who have helped you cultivate the goddess you are today?

MELINDA MARIA: My mother, sisters, nieces, aunts and best friends. They have all played a role in who I am today and the way I am as a mother, friend, sister, aunt and niece myself. I have such incredible and diverse women in my life, who I constantly learn from and are inspired by daily.

Be inspired to write your own goddess guide and celebrate your feminine strength with this handcrafted collection of pendants.

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of Melinda Maria


A Closer Look into the World of Kelly Wearstler

Let’s just call Kelly Wearstler the can-do superwoman of design. From home to jewelry to ready-to-wear fashions, this West Hollywood-based curator of style has been blazing creative trails for over 17 years. Wearstler’s unique point of view as an interior designer was her first claim to fame. She has poshed up some of the world’s most renowned hotels and residences—the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Viceroy resorts as well as various private homes in the Trousdale Estates—while also finding time to pen four books that explore her design inspirations.

Unafraid to take risks, Wearstler has built a lifestyle brand for the “charismatic, cultured, and curious”—all qualities the designer certainly possesses herself. Intrigued? Join the Thread as we dive a little deeper into the world of Wearstler.

Downtown Chic: Kelly Wearstler ‘Cyclone’ Foil Print Tank, ‘Hydra’ Crop Jacket and ‘Practitioner’ Denim Pants

THE THREAD: Describe your design point of view. What commonalities do you think your area of designs—fashion, jewelry, textiles, tableware and interiors—share?

KELLY WEARSTLER: My voice as a designer also presents itself in the way I dress—taking risks, breaking the rules, mixing old and new. I have a strong love of color, texture and patterns. I have always been inspired by fashion in my interiors, and now my interiors are inspiring my fashion and jewelry collections.

Pattern Perfection: Kelly Wearstler ‘Arachine’ Silk Dress

As the weather heats up, what spring trends are on your radar? Which looks should women be getting excited for this season?

KELLY: This season, I’m loving stripes and layering lots of jewelry—as well as my cool biker jacket in amazing rich colors and textures.

How does your personal style complement your design philosophy?

KELLY: I love when design elements have a bit of tension in style, material and texture but create one beautiful, harmonious vibe. In my ready-to-wear collection, I love to mix different fabrics together, such as leather and cashmere or leather and denim.

Mini Made: Kelly Wearstler ‘Spirula’ Stretch Cotton Dress

Tell us, are you planning any fun summer escapes? What would be on your packing list?

KELLY: I’m heading to Sun Valley, Idaho, with my husband and our two boys. My packing list always includes SkinCeuticals sunscreen, my Canon G12 camera, a parasol, one of my easy super-cool dresses, my printed Kelly Wearstler scarves and tees, Thierry Lasry sunglasses, Melissa Odabash bikinis and a sketch pad and pencil.

Mod Brit: Kelly Wearstler ‘Artifice’ Tank and ‘Aristocrat’ Print Skirt

Can you share the best fashion advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

KELLY: The best advice I’ve ever received was from my mom: to “take risks and love what you do.”

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Viva Design Darlings Sophie Buhai & Lisa Mayock

Bi-coastal designers Sophie Buhai (pictured top) and Lisa Mayock have been curating an amalgam of artsy cool since launching their mainline label Vena Cava in 2003. These California transplants graduated from Parsons New School of Design in New York, where they cultivated their indie aesthetic; the brand’s cleverly crafted vintage-thrift store vibe has garnered such a cult following that, in 2010, the twosome expanded its reach with the creation of Viva Vena! The price-friendly sister line offers sophisticated whimsy, through a designer lens.

The Thread caught-up with two of New York’s favorite it girls on the cusp of their 10th anniversary in fashion to discuss their upcoming milestone, the importance of good housekeeping and why Marfa, Texas, is the place to be.

A Look Back: The pair photographed by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue in 2007, when they were named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists.

This September will mark 10 years in fashion for the pair, who revealed that they are definitely planning something to celebrate the occasion. “It’s pretty insane that we have been doing this for that long,” adds Lisa.

For Sophie, it’s the evolution of their brand and collaborating with other creative authorities that keeps her continually inspired to design. “I think when we started out, Vena Cava was really just a women’s ready-to-wear collection. And now we have branched out into so many different domains that the brand just feels a lot more dynamic. I love seeing the new directions we can go in.”

Carefree Cool: Viva Vena! ‘Chinati’ Patchwork Gauze & Chambray Dress & Fringed Kimono Jacket

The DNA of Viva Vena! is an extension of Vena Cava, so how do the two lines differ? According to Lisa, it comes down to substance. “The Viva Vena! pieces are more fun and trend-based, whereas the Vena Cava pieces are more what we like to call ‘future heirlooms’—meaning you can buy a Cava piece and in 10 years pass it down to your daughter. Viva has a little more universality.”

Sophie, who wanted to design more casual clothes and daywear, adds, “We love the challenge of doing Viva Vena! and making clothing that has our aesthetic but that’s available to a lot more women at different price points.”

Music Festival Chic: Viva Vena! Cutout Neckline Print Dress & Patch Pocket Overalls paired with the ‘Used Bookstore’ Pompom Pullover

As well, Viva Vena! appeals to the lady who might be exploring vintage for the first time, while Vena Cava may resonate more with the vintage vet. Sophie and Lisa have labeled the Viva collection as neo-vintage, but we wondered: what exactly does that mean? “When you think of vintage, there’s somehow this connotation that it sort of looks like a ’40s/50s pinup star, say, corky-vintage,” Lisa says. “We think of neo-vintage as Goodwill finds from the ’90s. Sort of like a newer take on used clothing.”

Vintage shopping has exploded in popularity, but the fit can be wonky to say the least—á la shoulder pads and weird sleeve lengths. Sophie agrees: “The proportions can be awkward on vintage finds, so we wanted to make a collection that felt like you may have scored something at an amazing Goodwill, but it also has an awesome fit. It looks really modern, yet it’s not. It’s kind of the best of both worlds.”

Inspiration for the Viva Vena! spring/summer 2013 collection came from the little town of Marfa, Texas. This hidden jewel was put on the map in 1956 as the backdrop for Giant, a film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. “Minimalist artist Donald Judd basically bought up Marfa in the ’70s,” says Lisa. “The city has become an art destination for minimalistic sculpture, but then you have the local Texans that live there too. We were inspired by the really cool mixture of high art and normal Texas country life. It’s such a special, unique place.”

When they’re not taking creative trips or crafting up looks for their two collections, these 24/7 fashion girls even find the time to produce their own magazine, dubbed the Zine, which they first printed only as keepsake for their fall ’11 runway show. “We just launched our 3rd issue of the Zine on housekeeping. People really liked it, so we have continued to make it. There’s no set printing time frame; we kind of just make them whenever we want to make them,” says Sophie.

Lisa recalls some of the great entries from friends, whom they asked to weigh in on this idea of housekeeping and what it meant to them. “We got entries that spanned from a recipe for someone’s grandmother’s stew to someone’s actual housekeeper’s number,” she says. “There’s Martha Stewart’s Living, Good Housekeeping and Ladies’s Home Journal, but there’s no real people lo-fi approach housekeeping magazines.”

No matter the project, what you can come to expect from Lisa and Sophie is a cool, nonchalant approach to life that makes them as intriguing as their designs.


Qianna Smith


Behind the Seams Part II: Mary Katrantzou Brings Her Printing Press Stateside

Last week, London-based designer Mary Katrantzou crossed the pond to take part in a West Coast adventure with Nordstrom. At our stores in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, and Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Washington, print enthusiasts had the opportunity to get fit and styling advice from the Greek wunderkind as well as preview her fall ’13 runway collection.

When we asked Katrantzou how she was enjoying the change of climate, she gushed: “I love it. I was in L.A., then the OC and now here in Seattle/Bellevue. Each city has such a completely different scene. This trip has been so amazing. I need more time!”

For Katrantzou, meeting and interacting with her customers is essential to the design process. “I never have a particular muse in mind when I’m designing, but I do incorporate a holistic view of my customers’ needs,” said the 2011 British Fashion Awards ‘Emerging Talent’ winner. “Doing trunk shows really helps me and my team intimately understand who our customer is. And, subconsciously, it affects the way I design because I do take those images in of the women I meet. It kind of stimulates the way I think about my total range.”

She certainly does seem to understand her customer and has enjoyed a growing celebrity following, with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley and most recently Jessica Alba at the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards donning her bold graphics. “Jessica is so fresh, and she likes having fun with fashion. I thought she looked great. It was a very easy silhouette for Jessica,” said Katrantzou, who enjoys seeing how her designs are worn and how they are styled.

Having great styling is important to Katrantzou, because when an outfit is worn right it helps people see her vision for her work. “People do take inspiration from celebrities—‘Oh, this is how I could wear it.’ And my work is so particular sometimes it changes the perception of wearability” she said.

In 2011 Keira Knightley wore a dress from Katrantzou’s fall ’11 collection to the Venice Film Festival and that was a game changer for her brand. “Keira’s not known for making bold choices. Normally you see her in Chanel, but she wore my design with such grace,” said Katrantzou. “It looked timeless on her. And that was a moment when people started looking at my work differently because you can wear it on the red carpet.”

With each collection the designer demonstrates the versatility in her range, reaffirming her position as one of the leading print masters in the industry.


Qianna Smith

Image sources:
Mary O’Regan

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Remembering Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, 1931-2013

We celebrate the life of Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, 81, who passed away on Sunday at her home in Florida. For Ms. Pulitzer, life was a party, and for nearly 60 years her eponymous label has produced clothes to help women to dress like it.

Bursting on the scene during the ‘60s youthquake, Pulitzer revolutionized exclusive-chic with her unconventional kaleidoscopic prints, born out of the simple need to disguise juice stains while working in the Florida citrus groves. The prints became the must-have for jet-set elites who took refuge in resort destinations like Palm Beach, Florida.

She was catapulted into international fame in 1962, when LIFE Magazine photographed former classmate and then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in a “Lilly” shift dress for one of its covers. As Pulitzer would later tell it in Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining, “Jackie wore one of my dresses—it was made from kitchen curtain material—and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business.”

Pulitzer’s vision for casual elegance remains as relevant today as it did when she first launched her business from a juice stand, breaking ground for designers to come.

“Lilly Pulitzer was truly a fashion pioneer—her prints are globally recognized and completely iconic. Lilly really was the inspiration for many of our modern American designers—Tory Burch, Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade in particular. Her designs appealed to all generations and became, and still are, instant classics. She will be missed.” —Jennifer Wheeler, Nordstrom VP of Designer Apparel

“Lilly was her own muse and designed clothes that she wanted to wear. Her use of print and color continues to be an influence on the way women dress today.” —Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America


“It’s a sad day for everybody who loves color and pattern and ‘la vie chic’. RIP, Lilly Pulitzer. I love you.” —Jonathan Adler, designer

Qianna Smith
Image Sources: LIFE magazine, Historical Society of Palm Beach County & LillyPulitzer.com