Runway report: Bebe's fall 2012 collection

Feb 16, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. ET

Bebe has finally grown up. Now that we're ready to get away from the cut outs and blinged-out logos, Bebe brings us a fall 2012 line that is sophisticated -- ideal for the empowered woman this year.

New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe

We think Bebe deserves a nod for evolving with the everyday woman, allowing her to be professional and respected while maintaining her personal style and staying right on trend.

What we saw

During STYLE 360's bebeBLACK fall 2012 presentation, we saw a lot of blouses and high neck lines defining this office-friendly collection. We saw structured pant suits and party dresses alike, and the eveningwear had intriguing cut out and open backs that are just plain fun to wear. Most importantly, Bebe didn't stray from their classic use of every fashionista's favorite color: black.

New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe
New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe
New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe

Our favorite piece

Our favorite Bebe pieces from the collection were the leather dresses. The structure and design of the dresses that came down the runway would make any woman feel fierce, and we love anything that gives us an extra boost of confidence.

New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe
New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe
New York Fashion Week 2012 -- Bebe

What you'll see in the streets

You're going to start seeing leather more often in a wearable way -- knee length fitted dresses to flatter the figure, but remember they must be worn with a high heel to keep it fresh. Shorts will stay around long after summer making an appearance through fall. With the right pair of hosiery, you can take them from day to night.

(P.S. There was a Snooki sighting, but because she refused interviews, the pregnancy rumors have not yet been put to rest.)

On the Runway: Bebe Black

Bebe matures again at Fashion Week 2012 with a classic black collection.

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