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Fashion from Episode 1: Camp Beverly Hills Thrills!
by Karla Stevens

Hello fashionistas and fans! The O.C. kick-off was certainly an exciting night for all of us style mavens. When Summer swung by the Cohen house tonight to officially dump off a bunch of Seth's "crap," she's looking pretty darn hip in her Abercrombie & Fitch short shorts, a grosgrain belt and Camp Beverly Hills tank top.

I made a quick phone call to Adina Levin and Raquel Krouse, divas of the Camp Beverly Hills brand, to get the skinny. We can thank these ladies for bringing the palm trees and log cabin lettering out of the woods-it hasn't seen the light of day since the '80s. And it certainly came back with a vengeance. Celebs like Madonna, Uma Thurman, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kelly Ripa and Reese Witherspoon have all been spotted sporting the tank. Even Paris Hilton managed to throw it on with enough bling to sink a ship. It certainly is a little tank that has a lot of buzz.

Raquel and Adina told me it all began in 1977, when the company started as a humorous backlash against all the expensive trendy stores on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The three partners agreed it would be a blast to open a surplus store in one of the priciest fashion havens in the country. Bingo...Camp Beverly Hills was born, and the t-shirts were an instant must-have. Super '70s and '80s celebs wore the shirts along with people like me, who begged for a sweatshirt on my twelfth birthday. Rumor has it Drew Barrymore wore Camp Beverly Hills during her "E.T." days and she's wearing it again. As all trends do, they come and go. And some-come back again!

By the way, these are my tips for wearing your Camp Beverly Hills: There's nothing like the tank in one of those oh-so fabulous '80s bright colors with your favorite pair of worn-in jeans, a vintage belt and flip-flops. And if you're feeling sexy, pair it with some flashy gold jewelry, a pair of strappy heels and trendy tweed pencil skirt. Throw on a cute fitted blazer and you're ready to hit the town. It even makes a comfy little pajama top when you're lounging around watching TV. And it's a trend that certainly won't break the bank. The tank sells for $44 and a special version that is embedded with swarvosky crystals can be had for $88.

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