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bebe BLACK Fall 2012 Runway Show

The Budget Babe was invited to the bebe BLACK Fall 2012 collection runway show yesterday, presented by Style360 and held at the Met Pavilion in New York City. Since I was ill, my girl KC covered the show for us!

Inspired by film noir with futuristic influences, the vibe was retro and ladylike with a dark edge - think Gwen Stefani getting dolled up. Bangs were brushed into a big, pin-up curl with loose voluminous waves in back. A red lip and red manicure added the perfect glam touch to the assortment of tailored coats, capes and knee-length dresses in wool, leather and velvet.

Exaggerated shoulders with nipped waists, corset seaming and lace paneling paid homage to the femme fatale. The palette was mostly matte black with glossy black accents, with the addition of deep crimson and a rich teal, reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour.

Remember last spring's all-white see-through collection that was a Marie Antoinette-meets-Lady Gaga mash-up? Bebe is clearly headed in a completely new direction for fall and I, for one, am loving it. I'd like to get my hands on some of the plaid pieces and the capelet-topped trench.

What do you think of Bebe's fall collection?

5 Under $50: Neon Flash

Sorry for the lack of posts, I seem to have caught the Fashion Week flu so I'm home recuperating. But in the last week, I saw enough runway shows and street style to inspire me for months. One of the trends I was loving the most among the fashionable show-goers had to be neon! Some subtle, some not-so-subtle pops of neon yellow, orange and pink added a jolt of color and energy to mostly neutral looks. Here are 5 ways to inject a pop of neon into your wardrobe now for under $50...

{The Inspiration (from left): A bright bag that I spotted at Fashion Week, A Pair & a Spare's neon denim; Nanette Lepore's Spring 2012 runway}