Held at the huge, gorgeous new YA-YA House in the Hollywood Hills, this VIP event included celebrity guests Balthazar Getty (Brothers and Sisters), America's Next Top Model winner Nicole Linkletter, and Chandra Miller. Music was provided by DJ Brent Boathouse, and birthday cupcakes by Joan's on 3rd.
But' what about the clothes? As usual, Aflalo delivered a pleasing collection that focused on femininity: low-cut dresses, skirts, and flowing sweaters and coats. Many of the pieces this season are off the shoulder, which has been a popular look of YA-YA's in the past (both Fall and Spring 06 collections at Fashion Week included pieces that showcased the shoulders, neck and decolletage).
Yael Aflalo practiced what she preached as well, wearing one of her own designs to the fete' a short, low cut grey dress from the Fall '07 line. Aflalo's designs have been described as 'wonderfully wearable, draping shapes,'and this collection was certainly no exception, staying true to the YA-YA mission of being dedicated to the practical art of fashion, emphasizing on flattering the female form. And while I didn't see any of the popular YA-YA flared pants (at least on the models there that night), you can still find the flares from last season online.
A former model who turned to design in 1999 and first showed at New York fashion week, Aflalo was born in Los Angeles in 1977 (making her 30 years old, for those who are curious). After attending the University of California at Berkeley, she spent a year at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
At the age of twenty, Aflalo began designing clothes, one piece at a time. Aflalo is something of a darling of the Los Angeles downtown fashion scene, where her company is based. Since launching YA-YA in 2002 (originally intended to be a sportswear collection), she has branched out, and her designs can now be found in many stores worldwide, including Fred Segal, Shopbop, and Bluefly.
Lori Culwell writes about fashion, beauty, current events, and the celebrity scene for several magazines. You can find more of her writing on her blog, Funny Strange.