Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CT 182-183 Much Love To: Bebe Zeva (Fated To Be Hated) (7/18-19/11)

If you are a follower of fashion blogs, you have undoubtedly heard of Bebe Zeva (Fated to Be Hated), the (finally) 18 year old self-defined bete noire living in Las Vegas. Fated To Be Hated is the very sum of her existence. She refuses to conform to what is considered "normality" and instead dresses with a certain beatnik-esque quality, making her an outcast in several situations. She is "fated to be hated"; a beatnik among conformists, a goth among tourists, a strongly opinionated girl who always stood out too much to fit in.  A bete noire.

Although she feels the negativity and irony that she practically spews from every orifice is "fated to be hated," she has obviously struck a chord with many people- perhaps outcasts themselves, perhaps just people who can't help but be jealous of her ability to just be completely at ease with who she is (this being something that is so difficult for most people to come by)-having nearly 2,000 followers on her blog. 

As for her style: Although she tries to never dress the same way twice and certainly never the same outfit, she often dresses in these four categories: 

Teen Witch/Goth:
What seems to be her favorite style is Teen Witch, which consists of black on black on black...on black...on black...well, you get the idea. It is, I suppose, some kind of goth, but a more girly goth. It consists of more floppy hats, crosses, short skirts and veils than one would normally see on the "typical goth."It also doesn't include the more frightening aspects of goth-the spikes and black lipstick (though I'm sure Bebe is apposed to neither) for example, are not a part of the general look. Instead red lipstick, sunglasses and black socks play there part as important accessories.

Toned Down "Sweet Lolita":
The next category is a toned down version of the style "Sweet Lolita." An almost anime-like way of dressing, Sweet Lolita is a popular style in Japan where it originated, but has also become popular in America, where fashion bloggers such as Bebe Zeva picked up the trend. Bebe puts her own spin on it, still wearing the pastel pinks and peaches that make up the Sweet Lolita palette, but going with a less outrageous look; keeping the knee length, almost victorian-esque skirts and buttoned-to-the-neck, long-sleeved, ruffled tops in the closet and instead pulling out a more subdued, tiered, pink skirt and neutral blazer. 

Edgy, But Not Completely Dark: 
I couldn't think of a better name for the style that makes up most of Bebe's looks, though this name is more of a description. This style is not quite the goth look that she so deeply enjoys, but keeps the dark tones in, sprinkling color in here and there. Not completely black on black on black (although the black tones are most definitely present) again, it is a more repressed approach it's gothic cousin, but still retains the edgy quality that finds me so in awe. 

Girly and Colorful:
Again I had a hard time coming up with a title for this style, finally realizing that the reason all of these go so well together is because they all use color in a way that none of her other styles do. All of the above styles seem to have a resigned color palette (two consisting of mostly blacks). The color pallete for girly and colorful, if there is one, consists of bright colors (perhaps leaning toward mostly brigt pinks and turquoises) and camel. These looks tend to include high waisted skirts, scarfs, and brightly colored pumps. 
Bebe has one of the most diverse wardrobes I have yet seen and knows how to use each and every piece of clothing that she owns. If you have not already seen her blog CHECK IT OUT, she is amazing:

Here is my rendition of her witchy style:
Veil:Discount Fabrics/Top:Leotard from Cappezio/Necklaces: Homemade/Skirt:Secondhand/Belt:F21/Clutch:Vintage/ Shoes: Secondhand/ Socks: Discount Fabrics

My eyes look creepy in the Twiggy-like make-up Bebe almost always wears, but on her,  it looks almost cute; it reminds me of a baby doll.

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