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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 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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