Guess who designed these looks? Hint: you'll never guess.
Yup, these are part of 16 looks presented by Manny Mashouf for Bebe. You know, the Bebe you totally begged your mom to buy your 8th grade graduation dress from even though she deemed it too short, but you begged and begged and she finally acquiesced and as payback, that popular jerk who ditched you at the mall one time ended up wearing the same dress in a different color. That Bebe.
Teenage nostalgia aside, my favorite thing about chain store brands is that no matter how many ill-advised forays into cheap, shiny fabrics and Kardashian Kollections they dabble in, there's always the possibility that, put in capable hands, the brand can suddenly become relevant and desirable again. For proof of concept, one need look no further than what Jenna Lyons has done for J. Crew. I remember a time in the not-so-distant past when J. Crew was synonymous with whale embroidered kelly green chinos and a bunch of other boring, made for Connecticut WASPY shit. I'm glad these brands can change and evolve with the times. And I'm still hoping for a Gap comeback one of these days. Stranger things have happened.