A fashion label by women, for women is making headlines this week — for all the wrong reasons.
Lilly Pulitzer is a fashion designer whose swirly, girly designs are worn by preppy sun-lovers all summer long in the US.
This week, an article published by New York Time’s The Cut provided a glimpse inside the label’s “Pink-and-Green Headquarters” in Philadelphia.
It was supposed to be a light-hearted look at life in the so-called “Pink Palace” of Lilly Pulitzer — but it ended up exposing much more than the pretty, eclectic office interiors.
Because when the article went live on Tuesday morning, readers pointed out a rather concerning detail in the accompanying photo slideshow: a series of fat-shaming cartoons pinned to a ‘mood board’ in the office.
“Put it down CARB FACE,” read one cartoon, alongside a photo of a woman with a rounded belly and a sad expression on her face.
“Just another day of…Fat, White, and Hideous. You should probably just kill yourself,” read another, alongside a caricature of an overweight woman.
According to Business Insider, the label has a reputation in the US “of being exclusive” and is often regarded as “a WASP wardrobe staple”.