Buzz continues to build around LPA, event though the brand only recently entered the market.Its Seventies romance with a bit of boudoir-style dressing is a far cry from the boho chic that’s long branded the Los Angeles market.For Pia Arrobio, the creative director and founder of LPA which is part of the Alliance Apparel family of brands owned by the parent of Revolve, the latest spring collection is in some ways a turning point. Arrobio hosted her first sit-down dinner last week to toast her spring collection in an outpost of Scott Campbell’s Saved Tattoo parlor, at the back of Shinola’s Arts District store. It’s a significant change from the downtown rooftop warehouse party last summer and what she described as a crazy castle house party in Paris.“Those parties are great. They’re fun for everyone and it gives everyone a great experience,” Arrobio said. “This collection in particular was designed because I fell in love and so a way that I wanted to celebrate that was with something more intimate.”LPA (which stands for Lara Pia Arrobio) for spring is a mix of head-turning dresses, such as the floral sequined wrap dress Arrobio donned for her dinner party, minidresses, satin pajama-style pieces and tops with cutout detailing.“I always designed with Sophia Loren in mind and I love the Italian bloggers,” Arrobio said. “I just think they’re the chicest girls so I always wanted to do something classy that shows your clavicle. It’s really feminine but also superfun. The collection was basically my dream collection for visiting Sicily.”There’s also a recently released jewelry collaboration with Erin Wasson’s Wasson Fine with statement-making, Seventies-inspired pieces such as drop sphere earrings and bold hoops with crystal detailing.“We were sitting in [Wasson’s] house one night by the fireplace and were like, ‘It’s time. It’s time for us to work together’ and we did something for Paris Fashion Week,” she said.Arrobio, who said she’s held just about every job from writer and casting director to working at People’s Revolution and most recently Reformation, fell into her current role via a unique set of circumstances.The designer was set to depart from Reformation to work for Zara in Spain when her friend Emily Ratajkowski was asked by Raissa Gerona, Revolve chief brand officer and cofounder of Alliance Apparel, to set up a meeting between the two before Arrobio left. It was at that meeting Gerona extended an opportunity to back Arrobio on the creation of her own brand, which launched last year.“Making girls feel confident and finding something that’s a little special that makes you feel good, that’s important. I try to eliminate as many things as possible [on a garment] that makes someone feel uncomfortable,” Arrobio said of what she stays mindful of as the start-up expands.For More on LPA in WWD:Erin Wasson and LPA’s Pia Arrobio Launch Jewelry Capsule at Paris DinnerLPA Fete in L.A. Draws Emily Ratajkowski, Erin Wasson, Alana Hadid
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion