Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lilly of Paradise

Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Exuberance, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend by Kathryn Livingston is scheduled for release in July and can currently be pre-ordered.

The real story behind a very private American fashion icon—Lilly Pulitzer

Today, Lilly Pulitzer's iconic brand of clean-cut, vibrantly printed clothes called "Lillys" can be spotted everywhere. What began decades ago as a snob uniform in Palm Beach became a general fashion craze and, later, an American classic. In contrast to the high visibility of her brand, Lilly Pulitzer has largely kept her tumultuous personal story to herself. Bursting forth into glossy fame from a protected low-key world of great wealth and high society, through heartbreaks, treacheries, scandals, and losses, her life, told in detail here for the first time, is every bit as colorful and exciting as her designs.

  • Offers a close-up of Palm Beach society, replete with tropical mischief, reckless indulgences and blatant infidelities as well as fascinating stories about the Pulitzer and Phipps families and their world of eccentrics, high achievers, intermarriages, and glamorous trendsetters.
  • Takes a fresh look at the Roxanne Pulitzer scandal and the atmosphere that fed it, and other episodes involving Lilly Pulitzer's family and social circle. 
  •  Traces the many ups-and-downs in Lilly Pulitzer's personal life as well as her business, which suffered a decline in the 1980s before its resurgent transformation into the thriving success it is today.                                                                             
  •  Includes 25 black-and-white photographs that bring Lilly Pulitzer's world to life.
I have a feeling this book is going to make a fabulous beach read. Will you be pre-ordering the 256 pages of Lilly indulgence?

17 comments:

Cool Gal said...

Oh, I can't wait!

Thanks for sharing.

Clare Christine said...

I agree with you completely...looks like a must read! I can't wait for the release date, nothing is like better for a summer read than Lilly Pulitzer herself!Hope you are having a wonderful week and Happy Wednesday!
Toodles,
Twirling Clare
twirlingclare.blogspot.com

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

ABSOLUTELY! After meeting her and seeing how charming and feisty she is at 80 I can't wait to read up on her "early years!"

Emily Meyers said...

Life, Lilly, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Cannot wait - thank you for the heads up!

Portuguese Prepster said...

sounds very interesting!

A View from the Sidelines said...

Yes - I vacation in July - it wil be the perfect beach read!

My Life as A Plate said...

This is so exciting. I agree it will be a great beach read. I cannot wait!

QueenBeeSwain said...

as if I needed another reason to hit up Amazon today! thank you for the heads up, this looks delicious!

kHm

Glitterista said...

Yes, done and done! Can't wait to read this while basking in the summer sun. ;)

The Southern Lady said...

Good morning from L.A.!

Not only will this make a good read, it will look so pretty on the coffee table. I know it will be a real conversation starter! Have a great day...

Warmly,

Elizabeth

Nelle Somerville said...

Yes! Thanks for the lead.

BLC :o said...

DUH!!! I'll definitely have a copy ... and buy 100 too many has pressies. Everyone needs more Lilly in their life!!! Xoxo-BLC

The City Boy said...

this seems like a must have in the preppy household in addition to the Preppy Handbook

elseinwmsb said...

I've been a Lilly fan from the
beginning. I lived in PB when she first started her business and we all walked around in Lillys, and barefoot a lot of the time. I am
83 now and I still have a few of the vintage ones and THEY FIT except for being a little too long!!! The original fabric and colors are so beautiful. Thank you for the info.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I hope to still fit into my Lilly frocks when I am 83...that’s impressive! It sounds like the book is going to be a juicy read and I am glad you all are just as excited! xx

Summer is a Verb said...

Ooooo...off to Amazon! XXOO

ps...my Preppy Cookbook just arrived and the Preppy Joke book should be here today. Merci for those finds too :)

little miss southern love. said...

love this! I pre-ordered the first day that you could.. now waiting 5 months for it to come out is going to be the hard part!

xoxo.