Dramatic, Ultramodern Gowns

Belt It Out

Forget skinny styles. This year, when it comes to waist-cinching chic, wider is better. Here, a satin-buckled belt—worn right under the rib cage—accentuates an Alençon lace halter gown featuring a tulle and silk-organza A-line skirt with a chapel train. About $3,950, Amsale. Earrings and ring, Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872. Shoes, Valentino. Beauty note: Chanel Allure Sensuelle Eau de Parfum plays up your flirtatious side.

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