I was recently invited to the offices of Shadow PR to have a look at Lia Sophia Fall/Winter 2013 Style Guide Collection as well as the Concorde Red Carpet Collection and all I could say was that I was dazzled by looks that went from petite and demure pendants on chains to bold art deco style bangles to straight-up industrial looks that included necklaces made of big metal triangles and squares. The Red Carpet Collection pieces are of heavier weight and heavier price tags but they meant to last a lifetime. [Text and Photos by Anne M. Raso]

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The pieces in this line are extremely fashion forward and many seem so extremely art deco-ish that you wonder if the designers’ offices are atop the Chrysler Building. Being able to pair together two or three of the Red Carpet deco bangles featuring bold blocks of color with small crystal trim is a bit of a fantasy for a lot of us (these bracelets cost in the $400 and up region). The deco inspiration goes through the entire Lia Sophia Fall Collection, not just the Concorde Red Carpet Collection.

Lia Sophia’s stunning jewelry is sold privately at parties held at “advisors'” houses and they stand behind every piece. If something should break, they will replace it and we personally have had awesome experiences with their customer service reps. The products are of great quality but like with any piece of jewelry, you might lose a small stone now and again or a clasp might catch on something (or someone) and break.

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The newest pieces we checked out included a very popular triple strand pearl necklace called Uptown that the jewelry media in attendance went nuts for. It is Gatsby inspired, as are some of the other pieces. The new looks seem to be glam but practical. There are some Native American looks thrown into the new collection–you’ll see bold “love bead” giant faux turquoise and silver “statement” necklaces with matching earrings, rings and bracelets. There is a rather industrial hammered round silver disc statement necklace new to the collection that can definitely serve as a go-to piece for outfits dressy and casual. It’s just the right touch of sophistication year-round. And I fell in love with an art deco necklace of faux onyx ovals with white and brown crystal trim detailing between each oval. Looks like that are just so 1920s but also so new millennium.

If you want info on where you can purchase Lia Sophia Jewelry (or if you are interested in becoming an advisor), visit liasophia.com.


Anne M. Raso is an entertainment/fashion/travel/beauty journalist living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In the past, she has been a NY Daily News, music columnist, Tiger Beat associate editor, and has written several books on teen celebs. She is a die-hard New Yorker and loves both high-end and bargain fashion finds--and covering New York events.

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