As a fashion blogger caught up in the constant onslaught of commercialism and product placement, sometimes late at night I think about whether my obsessions over designer bags, fresh sneakers and tasteful bling has crossed the line from a healthy admiration of the wonders of design, to a gross itemization of materialism. I toss and turn and come up with no tangible answer to my dilemma, but what sometimes eases my concerns about my fetishizing of fashion are product lines that combine beautiful design with elements deeper than just surface level aesthetics.
Jewelry designer Annie Basulto, the creative force behind the successful line Cubannie Links, is one of the fashion minds that combines her creativity with solid research of past cultures to produce accessories that can put even my over-analytical mind at ease with their combo of prettiness and positivity!
Cubannie Link’s Fall/Winter 09 Inner Goddess collection is inspired by Latin American, Egyptian, Aztec and Hindu traditional mythologies and spirits, presenting colorful classics in a bevy of panatone perfect gems. Your favorite Cubannie Links classics (which M.I.S.S featured in an Editorial collaboration not too long ago, if you’ll remember) such as the “Freedom Tri-Rings” hoops, are carried over for fall in new eye-popping color palates.
A bevy of new fall designs also await us, specifically nine! Standouts like the Tanio Earrings (named after the Tanio Indian tribe that inhabited what is now Cuba) and the Sweetwater Bar Ring are perfect for the fearless woman with razor edge panache.
Cubannie Links also put in double time on their lookbook for this collection, recruiting women that represent her cultural and spiritual inspirations. B-Girl Kaotic Blaze was made up as a reincarnation of the Hindu divinity “Lakshmi”, female DJ Mirandom portrayed the Egyptian god “Hathor”, and dancer Irmak Ayverdi captured the Aztec spritual warrior “Xochiquetzal”.
Definitely more than just a bunch of models standing around, Cubannie Links brings us a lookbook full of history, mythology and gorgeous new products for fall. Toss and turn I might at night, but it definitely won’t be about this collection! Look out out for the Inner Goddess collection to hit your favorite stockists soon.
- New Cubannie Links for Spring 2012
- M.I.S.S. Presents: ‘Ay! Mi Cubannie!’ featuring Cubannie Links
- Cubannie Links – The Black Collection
- M.I.S.S. Editorial: “Ay! Mi Cubannie”
- Women Making History: Annie of Cubannie Links