The print team was in love with the honeybee and snuck them into a handful of prints this summer, including Take It Higher in Jade Green & Bright Navy. You might be saying to yourself, “What’s to celebrate about this annoying insect that interrupts my lazy afternoons sipping sweet tea on my porch?” Well funny you should ask…
The bee has a lot of symbolism & mythology surrounding it. We love that bees, the hive specifically, symbolizes what’s great about community and how working together brings great results. How very practical. Buuuut… we might be a teensy more drawn to the Queen Bee because she symbolizes regalness and royalty. (and isn’t it just timely with our visit from Kate & Wills?!) Or maybe you’re more the astute type and would appreciate that wearing bees may make you look smarter because they’re also a symbol of knowledge & intelligence.
We’re certainly not experts on bees (unless googling makes people experts!) but we just think they’re plain sweet. We hope you do too!
We’re aaaalllll about embroidery in our latest Summer deliveries. Turns out, we’re all about the birds and the bees too. There’s just something about Summer that gets you in the mood… But somehow we think it’s less about the little bees buzzing around on Comb and Get It or our feathered friends on Bird is the Word and more about how you feel when you slip into our Bowen or Blossom or Stephanie Shift.
Ooooooobviously we wanted to do a firework print. Given. But not just run of the mill, bought-at-South-of-the-Border sparkler kind of fireworks. We wanted to go BIG…
When Janie was little, her mom, who is one billion percent more of a rule breaker than Janie (apparently it is hereditary), used to talk about cherry bombs – AKA M-80′s. When she was a kid, she & her cousins would find dead fish (they were already dead, people) that washed up on the beach, put cherry bombs inside, light them, and then sling-shot them over the tennis courts while her parents were enjoying their afternoon game. Not joking. And cherry bombs are now…hmmm, surprisingly illegal. Janie says there are more stories where that came from, we’re a little worried.
So go celebrate BIG this holiday weekend. You are the bomb in this print!
We hope you’ll be as excited as we are about our latest partnership and house guest — we have partnered with the National Aquarium in Baltimore and today, we have Jennifer Dittmar, Stranding Coordinator for the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program in our Guest House! (beach, animal & Lilly Lovers, rejoice!)
Through our partnership, we designed a signature Murfee scarf to celebrate the Aquarium’s 30th anniversary! Excuse the bragging while we tell you how BEA-U-TI-FUL this Murfee is – we think you’ll love that we featured several of the Aquarium’s residents—the intelligent octopus, the colorful sea stars and the endangered sea turtle (more on them later!) —as well as a secret message hidden in the print! (so secret we think only the print team knows!) Of course the folks from the National Aquarium are as excited as were are… We were so thrilled to partner with Lilly Pulitzer on the creation of this print – her design celebrating these magnificent sea creatures coupled with the vibrant and playful colors captures the fun of a visit to the National Aquarium! And so many of us here love that Lilly Pulitzer’s designs are inspired by the sea, we just knew our supporters would love this design too!
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The Worth Shift ~ The Walsh Short ~ The Original Tote ~ The Tate Skirt
What better way to celebrate music this Summer than with our Summer Mix print! Pay homage to the days when creating your Summer soundtrack included a pile of blank JVC cassette tapes, a dual cassette player, 2 record buttons and hours of Casey Kasem! (what do kids do with their time now that they don’t have to stay at home waiting for American Top 40 and trying in vain to edit out the commercials?!)
Wear your mix tapes out… in a whole new way!
Admit it! You played Spin the Bottle. School was out, you were in someone’s basement, attic, closet, guest cottage or boat house. Parents were…I don’t know, doing something cocktail-y. You and your Summer friends got the brilliant idea to play…Spin the Bottle. And Jim Macumury was there and you were just p-r-a-y-i-n-g that when it was your turn, you would get to kiss him. (Eek, wait. You can tell when Janie writes the print description because she just looooves to reminisce!)
Aaaaanyway, don’t you have those memories? Ray Bans, cherry Chapstick, playing quarters or kings or whatever old game- eternally barefoot and just trying to get into a little trouble. Sound familiar?? Well this print is for you!
We all know that Lilly prints are constantly inspired by the sea…and sand…and sun. And what’s better than sitting on the beach and soaking in the rays with a fun beverage in your hand? (with those little pink drink umbrellas, of course!) Well the print studio always gets a liiiiittle kookier during Summer line planning, (as beach vacays, fun drinks, food and friends are what they think about) so it’s no surprise that we looked to our friends at Gosling’s for some inspiration for our Summer ’11 line.
I went straight to our Dress Man, Abraham, for the details behind the stunning Battenburg lace — seen (for the first time ever!!) in the latest Summer delivery of cocktail dresses from Lilly. Here’s what he had to say about this gorgeous new fabrication …
Battenburg lace is lace created by woven tape that is hand stitched together into intricate patterns. Our pattern art work was hand drawn by Victoria Davis and I to create a truly Lilly Lace. Each panel is created by hand; giving each garment a truly unique, one-of-kind quality. The pattern was designed to flatter the figure and curve with the body. The new Marie-Kate style is a great figure-friendly shape and the Bowen is the ultimate strapless dress- we love it so much!
Abraham also gave us a quick Battenburg history lesson which sounded suspiciously similar to this. All you really need to know? These dresses are truly beautiful and will cause you to looooong for lace!
So when the print team was in Winter Park last year, they were CHALLENGED by a customer (*ahem* Chris Richards- we’re looking at you!!) to bring back the Streaker print. (dare we say anything about the fact that it took a man to challenge us to bring back one of our naughtiest prints?!) All of a sudden, the topic of…being nude (in print, thank you) …was everywhere!
Emails came pouring in…please do the streaker print!; we love the streaker print! Ok, slight exaggeration BUT…Summer makes us so happy we want to throw ON our Lilly and then RIP IT OFF so we cannonball into the [insert body of water here] pool, lake, ocean. Toiles have become a favorite around here and secretly the print team loves them because we can hide soooo many fun things in them!
So viola- the Streaker print reinvented! Look closely, you never know what you might find!