Thursday, December 14, 2017

What to Wear Where: Beach Bash

Genevieve "Bunny" du Pont, Suzanne "Suzy" Anderson Gardner, and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor at an informal luncheon for the Duchess, April 1964. Courtesy of the Lucius Ordway Frazer Collection©.
by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick

#BeachBashPB is here!
What could be more fun than a tropical tryst with 700 of the loveliest lovies of Palm Beach who turn up so well turned out for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s fab Beach Bash. “Seas the Day” is the theme and this swinging soiree will rock the dock at The Beach Club.

With Lilly Pulitzer generously sponsoring and Bruce Sutka designing, the visuals will be vivid, vibrant and vivacious.  
The event’s Co-Chairs Nick Kassatly and Kelly Ring as well as their Committee, Erin Devlin,  Mira Fain,  Lilly and Sean Ferreira,  Ben and Chelsea Lasater,  Bobby Leidy,  Chris Leidy, Jack E. Lighton and Giovanni DiStadio, Maura McGuire,  Maura Nelson,  Stacy Nichols,  Justin and Shannon Perez,  Dina Turner,  and Savannah Wentley will be transforming the club into a sea of excitement for the cause.
Amanda Dalton, Michelle Kelly, Jane Paradis, and Caroline Wright .
We caught up with Co Chair Nick Kassatly who was incredibly excited about this year's event; "This is my eighth year involved with this event and have watched it flourish and grow year after year.  We are extremely grateful to Lilly Pulitzer for our partnership with them.  The relationship embodies the brand's dedication to philanthropy, in this case ocean conservation and to the environment.   The work that is done with the turtles locally has far reaching effects around the world. We thank our generous supporters.  This year's Beach Bash will be the best yet!"
Nick Kassatly & Stacy Nichols ​Hailey Neil & Kerri Petersen​
Melissa Sixma Lingo.
The exuberance of the Chairs is positively contagious. Kelly Ring explains the "Lilly or Louder" attire: "It is super fun to see new Lilly and old Lilly fashions from vintage shops and grandmothers ' or grandfathers ' closets, all put together with style on this group of young philanthropists. They turn up, looking smashing for a cause that we all love.  I think Lilly would be proud of this partnership and that she would love the brand's embrace of Loggerhead Marine Life and the important work that they do.  The ocean tells us the health of our world, and turtles tell us the health of the ocean.  If the turtles aren't healthy, we aren't healthy."
Kelly Ring and Noel Martinez. Jack Lighton and Giovanni Di Stadio.
Kelly Cashmere, Danni Melita, Ever Beres, and Jeff Beres .
Stacey Nichols and Meredith Cooper.
Although the story of Lilly Pulitzer and her rise to cult status  is legendary, we never tire of it.   

Lilly's husband, Peter Pulitzer, owned some nearby orange groves. Lilly,  never one to bother with convention, set up a stand on Via Mizner just off Worth Avenue selling freshly squeezed juice. Keep in mind that at one point in time, the entire interior of Florida was a sea of orange groves that have through the years been all but squeezed out by development.
As the tale is told, the juice proved to be a messy medium on Lilly's frocks so she stitched brightly colored shifts to wear to work, some of them created from window curtains. The dresses grew more popular than the juice and thus the empire was founded. Not only was she ahead of her time as a purveyor of fresh juices, she was a clever entrepreneur that saw a nitch and created an elegant solution.
Lilly disembarking from Peter's plane with fabrics in her arms, circa 1965.
Lilly Pulitzer and Peter Pulitzer, circa 1970.
Lilly in her Palm Beach shop.
At home with her signature fabrics and designs.
​Jackie Kennedy was an early fan, influencing many fashionista followers. ​​Generations of families have grown up in the juicy brand.
Since Lilly  has been dubbed “Queen of Preppy Style,” we consulted another member of the Royal Preppy Family, author Lisa Birnbach,  for her expert keen observation of the breed.
"Lilly Pulitzer's rollicking prints and blazing colors — which in any other world would be hard to ignore — can be worn as camouflage in Palm Beach.  We love the joy and optimism that her clothing denotes.  They suggest a good day at the beach followed by a fun night on the dock.  They remind us of that afternoon at the club.  They manage to be both legacy and future at the same time, as we buy our children tiny replicas of our sundresses."
Another prep ​​anator, my BFF K. Cooper Ray agrees, "My first memory of Lilly was a pair of swim trunks bursting with varying shades of pink, green, and baby blue. That must've been where I first absorbed the courage for color. Her pants were the original Go-to-Hell statement pants that I recall and set me on a course of GTH style that serves me well today, not only in clothing style, but speaking, writing, thinking and living. I thank Lilly for a lifetime of color."
And happy we are that this historic brand has evolved to creating updated styles for modern gals.  It continues to honor the idealistic and individualistic founder with the most vibrant patterns and colors while continuing her philanthropic spirit.  For what to wear,  I chose a duo of sea-toned blue dresses with an undulating pattern then splashed bits of gold onto the mix for a little glimmer.   Lilly's styles have a universal, timeless appeal and continue to be a go-to style for resort dressing.
Hilary has interpreted dress code in her own chic way:  "I went gold and white, for the lady that wants to shine but doesn't gravitate towards bright colors. For me Lilly is such a nostalgic brand, having grown up watching my mother and grandmother, Bunny duPont, decked out head to toe as they headed out. As Lisa points out — it was the Palm Beach uniform."  
Loggerhead Marinelife Center promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches it is open daily and hosts over 300,000 guests free-of-charge each year. For more information, visit www.marinelife.org or call 561.627.8280.

In 2017, the Center named a patient "Lilly" in honor of its partnership with Lilly Pulitzer. The turtle was given a GPS tracker upon its release, which guests can follow.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for the child who has everything, why not Adopt a Turtle?
Photos Courtesy of Tracey Benson Photography

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