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Bebe makes the varsity squad

A model walks the runway at the Bebe

A model walks the runway at the Bebe Style 360 fall fashion 2011 show at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, Manhattan. (Feb 16, 2011) Photo by Bruce Gilbert Photo Credit: Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Bebe may not be high fashion, but the eclectic brand is good for a surprise or two. Whether it's the "Lady Liberty" dress, worn over a cropped turtleneck, or the punk rock tee paired with a yellow tulle skirt.  Or perhaps the cutest of all, a series of satin varsity jackets, some cropped, some hooded, worn with knife-pleat skirts, or a boatneck dress.

Here you'll find raucous club wear ("West Side Story"-worthy ruffle dresses in neon shades--cobalt, magenta, fuchsia, yellow) and kitschy accessories (dig that heart-shaped quilted bag).

But a word to the wise:  No amount of tolerance for a little ktisch can sanction the bralette / tulle skirt / fishnet midriff ensemble, done up in a variety of shades.  A perfect wardrobe option for one of those Bada Bing girls on 'The Sopranos."  But otherwise, think Nancy Reagan (we're begging you)...and just say no.

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