Curves Ahead for Fall 2012

This season, designers emphasized dramatic hour glass silhouettes.

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","id":"2213953","thumbnail_url":"","type":"image","focusedSlide":""},{"caption":"Caution: there are slow curves ahead this fall. At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz executed the season's must-have skirt suits with sculpted waists and exaggerated hips, creating a sexy, "Mad Men"-ready effect.
On the kooky end of the curve spectrum, Marc Jacobs created layered, Mary Poppins-like looks complete with voluminous peplums and full, hippy skirts.
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Peter Pilotto's futuristic cocktail dresses may have been fashion-forward, but the funky printed pieces still felt alluring with defined busts, nipped-in waists and clingy fabric around the hips.
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Thakoon took inspiration from Amsterdam's "red light" district for fall 2012, so it's hardly surprising that the New York designer offered uncharacteristically curvy cocktail dresses, like this scarlet striped number with structured full hips.
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Burberry put a new spin on a their classic khaki trench by cutting the silhouette in a curvier, more seductive shape. A ruched leather bow belt at the waist adds definition and provides extra "oompf" to the hips.
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Giorgio Armani's tailored dinner jackets were cut with super-narrow waists and festooned in colorful, itty-bitty sequins for a festive, old-fashioned look.
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Stella McCartney earned serious bragging rights for these structurally sophisticated "curvy" knit dresses, which were woven in amplified hour glass shapes that emphasized the hips.
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Alexander McQueen's snow queen ensembles looked like something out of a dystopic Narnia, complete with luxe brocade fabrics cinched at the waist with wide, metallic belts.
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Likewise, Haider Ackerman added sexy structure to minimalist silhouettes like this v-neck coat dress by adding vase-shaped leather belts.
Carven may have offered the most wearable take on the trend with this sassy satin number in crimson, which features a voluminous full skirt and daringly low neckline (to reveal the flirty white bralet underneath).
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