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Lia Sophia “La Belle Rose” Red Carpet Collection — For Whom The “Belle” Tolls

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During New York Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to stop by the Lia Sophia suite at the Empire Hotel across from Lincoln Center, where Nylon magazine Style Director Dani Stahl was holding court (in some fly, kick-you-in-the-teeth, hefty ankle boots with Edward Scissorhands-esque buckle straps) and showing attendees the new runway collection she designed alongside Lia Sophia owner/designer Elena Kiam: La Belle Rose.

The pieces in Lia Sophia's La Belle Rose Collection manage to exude red carpet-ready glamour while having a streetwise flair and a tough, warrior-like edge. Take, for example, the Bullet Choker and Bullet Linked Bracelet (pictured third from top). The necklace features matte silver, bullet case-like cylindrical shapes with matte copper piping along the ridges and a thick, clear crystal-adorned matte copper band along each tube shape's center. These bullet-like cylinders are held together by thin, staple-shaped copper bars along the top and bottom of the necklace, each bar adorned with a clear crystal square mounted on matte copper. The result is lavish, without feeling dainty or mild-mannered — instead, these pieces recall Medieval armor (with its matte silver core, lined with antique matte gold ridges), '80s street punk fashion (when spiked, studded, and bullet belts and jewelry abounded), and '20s Art Deco architecture (with its emphasis on geometrical shapes).

The Bullet Rings (pictured fourth from top), meanwhile, feature three of these cylinder shapes stacked horizontally instead of vertically, with clear crystal cubes along the top and bottom edges, as well as along the sides, giving each piece a pyramid-like feel.

The Bullet Chokers, Bullet Link Bracelets, and Bullet Rings are all available in matte silver and matte gold with black diamond crystals or in matte silver and matte copper with clear crystals.

For more of a Studio-54-meets-Art-Deco feel, check out the Runway Button Post Earrings (pictured at top), which feature mirror-like square shapes along their interior, framed by a thin matte copper rim, adorned with stubbier versions of the cylindrical shapes used in the Bullet Choker that recall the butterfly valves used in piping frameworks. Another favorite: the Runway Rings, which feature faceted rectangular crystals (either clear or black) with cylindrical shapes in contrasting metals running along the middle like "U" bend pipes.

Below, you'll find even more exquisite pieces, including the Marble Cuff with Tortoise Resin or Blue Lapis and the Wrapped II Linear Earrings, which feature a dangling row of faceted stones, each wrapped by ribbon-like strips of matte gold which are, in turn, studded with tiny clear crystals.

The verdict on this collection: bellisima!

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Lia Sophia Runway Button Post Earrings in Matte Silver & Matte Copper, $130.

Lia Sophia Runway Rings with Clear Crystals in Matte Silver & Matte Copper or with Black Diamond Crystals in Matte Silver & Matte God, $125 each.

Lia Sophia Bullet Choker with Clear Crystals in Matte Silver & Matte Copper, $800; and Lia Sophia Bullet Linked Bracelet with Clear Crystals in Matte Silver & Matte Copper, $375.

Lia Sophia Bullet Rings with Black Diamond Crystals in Matte Silver and Matte Gold or with Clear Crystals in Matte Silver and Matte Copper, $130 each.

Visit LiaSophia.com for purchasing details.

 

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Lia Sophia Wrapped II Linear Earrings with Black Diamond, Clear and Jet Crystals in Matte Gold, $175.

Lia Sophia Runway Wide Stretch Bracelets with Black Diamond Crystals in Matte Silver & Matte Gold or with Clear Crystals in Matte Silver & Matte Copper, $275 each.

Lia Sophia Marble Cuff Bracelet with Black Diamond Crystals, Jet Enamel and Tortoise Resin in Matte Silver, $300; and Lia Sophia Marble Ring with Black Diamond Crystals, Jet Enamel and Tortoise Resin in Matte Silver, $100.

Lia Sophia Marble Cuff Bracelet with Black Diamond Crystals, Jet Enamel and Lapis Resin in Matte Silver, $300; and Lia Sophia Marble Ring with Black Diamond Crystals, Jet Enamel and Lapis Resin in Matte Silver, $100.

Visit LiaSophia.com for purchasing details.

 

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