By Sarah Kleinhenz, Fashion Week Correspondent
For the spring 2012 collection, bebe decided to go with an all-white color palette. WHOA! That's something we aren't usually expecting from this brand. Bebe is more known for their sexy, dressier styles, and this collection was on the opposite end of the spectrum. This season, bebe brought in Charles Benton as a style consultant. He was given free reign to create whatever he wanted. And an all-white collection is what we were given.
It has more of a beachy, relaxed feel. The models' hair (wigs) and makeup in the presentation sort of reminded me of the Edwardian era. The models wore stark, white curly-haired wigs and the makeup was a sort of muted look. The models also wore oversized sunglasses as they made their way down the runway. Using linen, cotton voile and various silks, each look reminded me of something I would wear as lingerie or maybe as a coverup heading to the beach. Lots of these looks were rather sheer and left little to the imagination. The one look I absolutely ADORED was the ecru silk and cotton voile pinafore body suit. I thought it was a swimsuit at first, and am seriously thinking about purchasing this little gem. It would be great under a skirt or pants. I'm not brave enough to wear that by itself unless I decided to wear it as a swimsuit!
I was pleasantly surprised by this collection, I must say. I'm not usually a fan of white - because I'm a mess and can't keep it clean. But this collection may have just changed that for me. I'm in love with the white-on-white combination. It's just so classically perfect. I'm dying over the white blazer and think it will have a nice home in my closet next spring. Although some of the designs may have been a little risqué, there are still plenty of pieces from this collection that are great for the businesswoman. I love the updated suit option for work, and the spaghetti-strap petticoat skirt look. It's just as refreshing - and the thought of heading to the beach for a week of R&R. Ahhhhhh...
[Photos from Style.com]