Bebe Zeva is quickly becoming an internet legend (she already has her own Wiki page at just 18 years young!) and subsequently has gained a major online following, leading to high profile features including a New York Times article last July. Though critics abound, we love the way she represents an eccentric attitude and sense of style — her story is not unlike Karmaloop‘s in that both FATED TO BE HATED and our shopping destination were spawned from the need to express our personalities differently than the cookie-cutter, mall-store mold. We linked up with Bebe to create a guest styled Build This Look: a 70′s inspired flower child look that has us pining for the grooviest decade…
BZ: I’ve been lusting after a 1970′s comeback since I noticed designers like Marc Jacobs and Chloé integrating a distinctly bohemian energy into their 2010 collections. Fuzzy coats, floppy hats, round sunglasses, and chunky heels have topped my list of must-haves for months now, and finally they’re mine courtesy of Karmaloop! Finally I feel like I can make it with the rock n’ roll A-listers of 1972! Too bad I’m 40 years late… Though I love experimenting with themes of all eras, the psychedelic 70′s are especially dear to me. The style is best described as glamour and bohemia falling in love on a whim, having a love child, leaving it for all of Woodstock to raise, and never seeing each other again. It’s reckless, rebellious, ridiculous, perfect. There’s nothing understated about it. And how could there be? Life is too short and too beautiful to settle for being a wallflower. I guess now that I’ve got everybody’s attention, it’s time to start my own backstage posse. Penny Lane, eat your heart out!
As an admitted hat hoarder, I believe there’s no better accessory than a wide-brim hat to top off a look. This one is a perfect fit for my more free spirited ensembles. It’s just floppy enough to hide behind when I’m feeling mysterious.
No 70′s get-up would be complete without a pair of mustard yellow circle sunnies. These frames by House of Harlow make me feel like a bonafide rockstar groupie.
Without a doubt, shag swag is the hottest trend of 2012. I feel like I’m wearing a pink poodle around my shoulders when I leave the house in this cropped jacket by Free People, and of course I mean that in the best way possible. Poodles are sophisticated, quite like my sweater when paired with stilletos and an LBD. Just because it’s hippie chic doesn’t mean it can’t be paired with a modern wardrobe!
There are two phrases I’m shamelessly obsessed with saying: “flower power” and “passion for fashion.” Okay, maybe I’m a LITTLE ashamed by how cliche and cheesy they are. But seriously, throw those two together and BOOM! You get this cartoonish bodysuit by Wildfox. It also comes in orange, but I chose charcoal because it’s both dark and delicate.
Almost Famous called, they want their pants back. What would a 70′s inspired outfit be without bell bottoms? The velvet details give these bad boys some MAJOR flare. Get it? Major “flair?” My apologies – I can’t go five seconds without making a terrible pun. It’s a problem.
It wouldn’t be a disco without dancing, and it wouldn’t be dancing with sky-high kicks for doin’ the Hustle. Cue the 6-inch Zigi platforms. They’re SO large and in charge that they might actually steal all the sparkle from the disco ball. And your dad’s vintage polyester leisure suit. Can you say GROOVY? Yes, yes you can.
All photos by Arslane Merabet.