(c) 2013, The Washington Post.

(c) 2013, The Washington Post.

In an era of placemat-sized mini skirts and skinny jeans that only suit waifs, New York designer Byron Lars has made a name focusing on dresses and jackets with curvy, feminine appeal. No wonder first lady Michelle Obama often rocks his Beauty Mark by Byron Lars day-to-cocktail frocks and sportswear. The industry veteran(in business since 1991) also creates capsule collections for Anthropologie. In Washington, a Lars trunk show, co-sponsored by Fashion Washington, will be held this weekend at the Proper Topper boutique that carries his line. Excerpts from a Q&A interview:

Q: Your styles have darts, tucks and boning to shape a woman's figure. Why is this important?

A: I try to make clothes that make you feel better. And that kind of structuring helps a girl keep in full control of her assets.

Q: What's your line like for fall?

A: I was interested in mixing in tough elements sequins that look like python scales, pieces in a really good pleather. It drapes really well on dresses and skirts, and feels feminine but powerful.

Q: You're known for well-cut-blouses. What's the secret?

A: I have a really good fit model. And I also try to add visual elements that are slimming and flattering ruching, draping.

Q: You also do a line with Anthropologie. How is it different from your main line?

A: The Anthro styles skew a little more eccentric. And it's nice that the store can include a pretty comprehensive range of pieces jackets, coats, etc.

Q: You designed a glam line of Barbies from 1997 to 2011. How was that different from doing womenswear?

A: With Barbie, you're tapping into a fantasy she's got to be bigger and more fabulous than any real person. She's kind of like Prince; you don't need too many of her rocking around in real life!

Q: What would you like to design that you haven't?

A: Extended sizes! Right now my line goes up to size 12, but I'd love to do women from 14 to 20. Many brands who serve these women just dial it in.

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Byron Lars' Beauty Mark collection stars figure-flattering glam pieces, including:

_ a shapely Blazer and skirt ($414 and $190)

_ Slim Fit Cap Sleeve Sequin Top ($280)

_ Side Smocked Day Dress With Union Jack Pleating, in moss green and pale pink ($484)

Available at byronlarsbeautymark.com.

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