Lilly Pulitzer's fashion empire confirmed the death this week of the beloved 81-year old fashion designer. Pulitzer passed away on Sunday, April 7th at her Florida home. The socialite turned fashion designer was known for her preppy, bright, and stand-out tropical prints. Always featuring bright colors and using fruits and plants as a print landed her the title "Queen of Prep."
Besides the infamous women's collections, Pulitzer produces a strong line for children, men's clothing, shoes, jewelry, swimwear, bedding, pajamas, stationary, and even maternity clothes. Most recently in 2010, Pulitzer released a bridal collection. Each design ever created is the epitome of prep. "We focus on the best, fun, and happy things, and people want that," explained Pulitzer. "Being happy never goes out of style." This can account for the reason why she often channeled lime green and bright pinks into a majority of her designs.
Lilly Pulitzer's preppy chic designs have been coveted ever since Jaqueline Kennedy was photographed wearing one of the brand's now-iconic colorful shift dresses. On Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm, the Lilly Pulitzer Madison Avenue store will be donating ten percent of all purchases to Unleashed NY, a unique after school program that empowers middle school girls to be social change agents through dog rescue.
At this private party, shoppers will enjoy snacks and refreshments and new Spring designs for women, men, kids and home. The cost is $20 at the door and guests can RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
With Miami Fashion Week coming up, we've been getting a bit antsy with anticipation. Instead of sitting around and counting the days until our fashion cravings will finally be satisfied, we decided to see what else was going on in the South Florida fashion world in the mean time. That's when we heard about The Red Stiletto Strut--a fashion fundraiser for the awareness of women and heart disease. Not only would the event give us an excuse to strap on our devilish red pumps, but a red shoe bar and fashion presentation all for a good cause? Yes, please. From raffle prizes that almost seemed too good to be true, to tasty hors d’oevres courtesy of Blue Martini and Piñon Grill, The Red Stiletto Strut squeezed some much needed fashion into our February.
- Noon – 3:00 pm
Meet hair guru Frédéric Fekkai when he stops by Sephora to launch his at-home Salon Color product line. Sephora Fifth Ave., 597 Fifth Ave., at 47th St. (212-980-6534, ext. 2)
- 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bags start at $150 and shoes start at $75 at the Jimmy Choo sample sale. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fourth fl.
- 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Guy Bedarida, the creative director and head designer for luxury jewelry brand John Hardy, will appear at Saks Fifth Avenue to present the spring 2009 ecofriendly "Bamboo" collection. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St., main fl. (888-838-3022)
- 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
At Privé Salon's Lingerie and Locks event, the salon offers 20 percent off haircuts, manicures, makeup, facials, and spa services. Lingerie designer Catriona Mackechnie co-hosts, offering 20 percent off her collection of underthings. Privé Salon, 310 W. Broadway, nr. Grand St. (212-274-8888) Call for appointment
- 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Get up to 80 percent off True Religion, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more at the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash. Tickets sold at the door cost $5. Touch, 240 W. 52nd St., nr. Broadway (310-318-1731)
- 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Michelle Preli, editor-in-chief of Brides.com, will host a panel discussion with Anne-Marie Scali of Perfect Bound blog and Maria Cooke of Ritzy Bee blog about how to plan a wedding online. There will be food, cocktails, and music. Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St. (212-705-2000)
- 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lilly Pulitzer will launch the "Colorful Cause" collection at Bloomingdale's, a limited-edition line of matching parent-child clothes by Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Debra Messing, Marcia Cross, Angie Harmon, Bridget Moynahan, Catherine Bell, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (who will be there for the event). Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St., third fl. (212-705-2000)
- 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Invites You to a Kaleidoscope of Dreams, The Armory, 26th Street and Lexington Avenue, NYC DESIGN CARES when fashion gives back! St. Jude Children's Research Hospital invites you to a Kaleidoscope of Dreams, a couture fashion show featuring a kaleidoscope of evening gowns from leading designers presented on the runway by Models of Hope, who have raised pledges for their walk down the runway. Guests will enjoy cocktails, restaurant tastings, a fashion focused silent auction, a dazzling gift bag, DJ, dancing and the opportunity to give back. Co-hosted by Phillip Bloch and Chanel Iman, with a Special Appearance by Christian Siriano
- 9:00 pm
Yoko Devereaux invites you to celebrate the launch of Yoko D., Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, NYC Special guests DJs David Katz, David Lindwall (Stunners International), Phil Meynell (Blonde Acid Cult). Open Bar 9-10pm
The Gap will transform their flagship store into an urban beach. Stop by to make your own Havaianas flip-flops by adding pins, crystals, and more for $18 to $32. 680 Fifth Ave. nr. 53rd St.; Urban Beach: M–S (10–9), Su (11–7). Make-Your-Own Havaianas: S (11–7)
- 4/30–5/1 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Floral dresses, camisoles, and blouses by Miguelina are up to 50 percent off wholesale prices. 20 W. 36th St., nr. Fifth Ave., sixth fl.
Browse clothing and accessories for less than $35 from Diesel, List, Javier Simorra, and more at this sample sale on contemporary European brands. Precision Photo, 260 W. 36th St., nr. Eighth Ave., third fl.; Th (9:30–7), F (9:30–6)
The first-ever Spurr sample sale features men's denim, shirts, suits, and knitwear for up to 65 percent off retail prices. Starworks, 5 Crosby St., nr. Grand St., Ste. 3D (646-336-5920); Th, F (noon–7), S, Su (noon–5)
For every $150 you spend at Henri Bendel, you'll receive a $25 gift card toward shopping later in May (May 16 through May 30). Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave., at 56th Street (212.247.1100); M–S (10–8), Su (noon–7).
- Through 5/1 Daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories from spring and previous seasons are up to 80 percent off at Proenza Schouler's mid-season sample sale. Prices range from $50 to $500 (originally $400 to $4,000). Through 5/1. 495 Broadway, nr. Broome St., eighth fl.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently announced that she is coming out with a clothing line, is designing even more clothes—but this time, it’s for a cause.
The Golden Globe winning actress and fashion icon has created a limited-edition bikini for Lilly Pulitzer’s A Colorful Cause: Celebrity Designer Program. The project celebrates the Palm Beach retailer’s 50th anniversary by raising money for the Epidemolysis Bullosa Medican Research Foundation.
Eight other celebrities have signed on, including Brooke Sheilds, Debra Messing, Marcia Cross, Angie Harmon, Bridget Moynahan, Catherine Bell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilson. The stars will design limited-edition mommy-and-me clothing for both daughters and sons that will be available for purchase in April.