Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend

Lilly Palm Beach Tropical Glamour and the Birth of a Fashion Legend The real story behind a very private American fashion icon Lilly PulitzerToday Lilly Pulitzer s iconic brand of clean cut vibrantly printed clothes called Lillys can be spotted everywhere What began

  • Title: Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend
  • Author: Kathryn Livingston
  • ISBN: 9780470501603
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The real story behind a very private American fashion icon Lilly PulitzerToday, 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 PulitzerThe real story behind a very private American fashion icon Lilly PulitzerToday, 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 trendsettersTakes a fresh look at the Roxanne Pulitzer scandal and the atmosphere that fed it, and other episodes involving Lilly Pulitzer s family and social circleTraces 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 todayIncludes 25 black and white photographs that bring Lilly Pulitzer s world to lifeLilly of Paradise is must reading not only for fans of Lilly Pulitzer and her Lilly brand, but for anyone interested in a journey through the world of privilege and the life of a true American original.

    One thought on “Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend”

    1. As a Lilly lover, I looked forward to reading about the legend behind the popular, preppy Lilly Pulitzer brand. It was quite disappointing to find this book light on Lilly McKim Pulitzer. Rather than focus on Ms. Pulitzer, the author dished on the history of the Palm Beach social scene and it's origins; there was a lot of jumping around from heir to socialite to playboy with a limited back story and very little substance about the Lilly Pulitzer brand or Ms. Pulitzer's background. I'd say about [...]

    2. Loved the parts about Lilly, but the author spent way too much time focusing on people who had absolutely nothing to do with her life.

    3. Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend tells the life story of Lilly Pulitzer and her amazing company. This book goes into details of the lives of Lilly herself and the people she surrounded herself with. It describes the high life of Palm Beach and gives a close up on Palm Beach society. It traces the many ups-and-downs in Lilly Pulitzer's personal life as well as her business. It also gives insight on the decline of the business in the 1980's before its resurgen [...]

    4. I'm not enjoying this as much I hoped I would. It's less a biography about Lilly and more a biography about every rich & famous society person in American from the late 1800's, through the decades. And how they are all connected to each other and to Lilly. The author could've just drawn a flow-chart for thatd then wrote a book about Lilly. I get the feeling that the author does not know her subject at all and therefore is filling in space by talking about all those other people. She could've [...]

    5. Pretty dull, unfortunately. And surprisingly vapid, for a book based on someone who seemed so unconcerned with high society.

    6. Like many others who have reviewed this book, I also marked it down in rating because of the tangents the author goes on about things that aren't essential to Lilly's story. Her purpose is to give the reader an idea of the inter-connectedness of the American elite, to explain the history of Palm Beach and its social scene, and the aristocratic family histories of Lilly and important figures in her life. As a historian, I did find some of this to be interesting. However, the author jumps from Lil [...]

    7. I loved learning about my favorite fashion designer, Lilly Pulitzer, and her glamorous lifestyle. This book taught me a lot about business initiatives, creativity, and the immense wealth concentrated in Palm Beach, FL. There were grammar errors throughout the book, and sometimes the author went off on tangents that were irrelevant to the central topic. Too much name dropping, not enough direct quotes or personal anecdotes. But it was a pleasurable read and I would recommend it to anyone who wear [...]

    8. I learned so much about Lilly so I really appreciated that info but agree with other reviewers that the author goes off on very long, detailed tangents about other people who don't really have anything to do with this story and their whole backgrounds. I listened to audiobook so I couldn't just skim (and the audiobook narrated wasn't the best to listen to either-slightly high pitched and not a lot of inflection.)But overall I'm happy to have read it to know more about Lilly. I never would have k [...]

    9. Interesting read on Lilly Pulitzer that focuses heavily on the social relationships of Palm Beach as much as the accidental development of her brand Lilly. Touches on the initial break out of the Lilly shift, the socialites that wore it, middle americans wanting to emulate the upper-crust look, the demise of the brand, and one, if not the most successful brand come this century. At it's height in the 80's Lilly garnered 15 million, in 2008 the brand generated over $100 million, and is now owned [...]

    10. This biography of Lily McKim Pulitzer made for light reading. It chronicles the life of a very wealthy heiress and her somewhat serendipitous entree into the world of fashion. The book did a good job of presenting the history and connections of the "Gatsby" like lives of the Palm Beach ultra rich.As an admirer of the line I enjoyed reading about it's history.Unfamiliar wordpg. 31 Coterie: an exclusive group that shares similar interests

    11. Too much Social Register, not enough Lilly! This book was a hot mess, disorganized, distracted, one dimensional. There are literally pages and pages listing people's stories pedigrees who have nothing to do with Lilly, then, at the end of the book it is casually mentioned that: oh, remember Lilly's favorite sister? She committed suicide 30 yrs ago! Shame on the editor.

    12. Liked learning a little more about Lilly and the history of the company.However, I got lost in the minute details of family trees and the social scene in Palm Beach. I picked this up because I wanted to know about the woman, her inspirations, the ups and downs of her business. I got some of that, but not enough.

    13. Fascinating read, provides a rich history and a riveting tour of the life styles of the pioneers that made the resort of Palm Beach. Kathryn Livingston did a phenomenal job in researching every fact to ensure the history of the era was true and concise. Lilly Pulitzer proves that hard work and determination are the right ingredients for success.

    14. A bio of Lilly Pulitzer that does give you a look at her life, but also spends a lot of timedescribing her friends lives, her schools, her home in Palm Beach. Gives you well rounded lookat the fashion icon. Can't help but thinking that the author was a little enamored of Lilly andher world, though. A bit biased about it all.

    15. This book is much more about private school life and the social scenes of Palm Beach and other northern playgrounds than Lilly's own life. The writing can be wordy at times with odd sentence structure, as I would have to re-read to understand what the author was trying to say. Still worth a read for any Lilly fan.

    16. Fun to read! Lilly McKim Pulitzer and her contemporaries live(d) a life so totally outside my existence that it was like reading about unicorns! I'd actually heard of the "Lillys", the little dresses that she started selling in Palm Beach, and that's why I picked up the book. A very quick read and, for me, more enlightening about the High Society folk than about fashion. Enjoyed it.

    17. Gosh, I love Lillywhether as a style icon or business woman, Lilly was a trailblazer and role model for us all. This is a great and very readable book about her family and her life. If you love Lilly, you'll love it.

    18. Was great reading about Lilly's life and hearing about how she started her business. Also loved how everyone in her life was interconnected. Thought though that a large chunk of the tangents by the author weren't relevant for Lilly's story.

    19. As an avid Lilly fan, I was hoping to learn more about the designer herself. While the book was interesting, I felt that I learned more about the background of her family and the history of Palm Beach instead of gaining insight into the life of this fascinating designer.

    20. I bought this book just to add to my collection of Lilly books but it was terrible - poorly written, choppy, and repetitive are just a few thoughts I had during the first three chapters. Unless you need some pink and green for your bookshelf save your money!

    21. I still love Lilly, but was disappointed in this book. It read more of a magazine article on palm beach society than a real understanding of Lilly. I didn't learn anything new and felt disappointed by that.

    22. As others have noted, "Lilly" has very little to do with Lilly --- maaaybe 20% of the book is devoted to her. Because I live within 5 miles of Palm Beach, I thought it was interesting.

    23. This book was a little slow. I wanted more of her design company story and it was a lot of the social life of Palm Beach. But the little bit of Lilly's design life was interesting.

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