We think it’s very fitting that pink makes us feel vibrant, warm and alive – that’s why Lilly lovers always party in pink [and prints]!
This past Saturday, to help kick start our week long celebration of pink, Lilly Pulitzer sponsored the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Arts first annual Ringling in Bloom weekend. This special event was dedicated to the memory of Mable Ringling, whose passion for flowers and horticulture is evident in the glorious grounds and gardens of the Ringling Estate. The inspiration behind the exhibit, Gardens in Perpetual Bloom, began with the inspiration from some of the top Florists in the Sarasota area. Each designer’s fresh floral arrangement directly inspired a masterpiece from the Ringling’s collection, and the exhibition itself was developed by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Given the fact that the exhibit was inspired by florals, we felt it very fitting to be the presenting sponsor of such a special weekend.
The event said Lilly in every way possible… and the space we were working with is quite incredible. A giant PINK museum!?? What more could we ask for? From the design of the invitation to the event brochure, to the gift bags, tablecloths, the uniform; this PINK museum was transformed into a colorful playground. The attire, Lilly or Louder, could be seen throughout the grounds and many Shauna tunics, Twyla’s, Clare’s, Susan’s, and Newports, were SPOTTED throughout the day.
Although the weather was not ideal, the sun was shining down on this colorful luncheon. At 11:45, upwards of 230 guests were ushered to be seated, and Maureen Zaremba, Director of Education at the Ringling Museum, welcomed guests and introduced our very own Janie Schoenborn, the museums special guest for the day. Janie took the spotlight, telling the story of our colorful brand history, and introducing attendees to the Spring 2011 looks they would be viewing throughout the luncheon. After Janie’s intro, over 25+ models began lining up to circulate throughout the courtyard. Thanks to our friends at Spa Hollywood, some of our most loyal Sarasota customers and Lilly fans turned models were dolled up for the occasion. Over 50 looks from Spring walked through the Museum space.
As the fashion show ended, and the last plates of chocolate molten cake were cleared, the guests could not have been more thrilled with the fashion show, the gift bags, and the colorful décor on an otherwise foggy day in Sarasota. Lilly printed gift bags were seen throughout St. Armand’s Circle and the custom created pink and green Murfees were wrapped around a lot of bare shoulders as the sun played peek-a-boo throughout the event.
A BIG THANK YOU to all of those who helped make this special day possible! We’ve already been asked to host this event every year… so we’ll see you in 2012!