When Lilly Pulitzer opened a juice stand to support her husband’s Florida business, she encountered a problem. She kept getting citrus stains on her clothing.
But Lilly was a true problem solver. Being a woman of means, she asked her seamstress to make some dresses with pretty colorful prints so that the stains were less obvious. The famous colorful “shifts” caught on almost immediately. However, when Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) wore one of her shifts on vacation to Florida it propelled her label into the limelight.
Today I am grateful for all the new spring and summer colorful prints that have returned to the 2013 fashion world. Lilly Pulitzer celebrates color. Her prints make me happy!
I remember the book, The Language of Color, by the brilliant colorist, Dorothee L. Mella (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/dorothee-l.-mella). One of her adage’s was : “Surround your world with color, and color yourself terrific – emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.”
Starla West, Image Consultant, www.starlawest.com gives us these descriptive phrases on the impact of color:
RED – high energy, confident, powerful, assertive;
PINK – non-threatening, accessible, gentle, feminine;
ORANGE – enthusiastic, uninhibited, fun, vital, vibrant;
YELLOW – cheerful, positive, filled with anticipation, active, uninhibited;
GREEN – dependable, nurturing, growth, prosperity, self-reliance;
BLUE – peaceful, trustworthy, strong, in control, credible, orderly; PURPLE – intuitive, sensitive, imaginative, unusual, powerful, creative;
WHITE – fresh, clean, pure, futuristic;
BROWN – stability, earthy, continuity, honesty, dependability;
BLACK – sophisticated, powerful, formal, mysterious;
GREY – neutral, safe, respectable, balanced.
Fall in love with color. Couple your new black, brown or grey frock with the “Lilly” shades of spring and summer.
Lilly Pulitzer died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at age 81. But she left us with all the “happy prints” of her continuing collection. Thank you Lilly. You brighten my world!
Question: In celebration of spring, I’m going to wear . . .?