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Cubannie Links Fall/Winter 09: Inner Goddess


Cubannie Link's Fall/Winter 09 Collection

Cubannie Link's Fall/Winter 09 Collection

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.

The crystal Oro rosary-- one of Cubannie Links new Fall 09 items

The crystal Oro rosary-- one of Cubannie Links new Fall 09 items

The Inner Goddess Collection draws inspiration from Latin American, Egyptian, Hinduism and other cultural spiritualities.

The Inner Goddess Collection draws inspiration from Latin American, Egyptian, Hinduism and other cultural spiritualities.

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!

Annie Basulto, creative director and designer, brings back some of your Cubannie Link favorites!

Annie Basulto, creative director and designer, brings back some of your Cubannie Link favorites!

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.

Panatone jems are a nice touch to the Fall/Winter Cubannie Links collection.

Panatone jems are a nice touch to the Fall/Winter Cubannie Links collection.

Expect new color palates this fall for some of your Cubannie Links favorites, like the Tri Color earrings!

Expect new color palates this fall for some of your Cubannie Links favorites, like the Tri Color earrings!

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.

The Sweetwater Bar Ring-- one of our favorites for this fall!

The Sweetwater Bar Ring-- one of our favorites for this fall!

New bling for your wrists this fall!

New bling for your wrists this fall!

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”.

Divine beings from Egyptian, Aztec and Hindu histories make updated appearance in the lookbook.

Divine beings from Egyptian, Aztec and Hindu histories make updated appearance in the lookbook.

Women doing big things-- can M.I.S.S ever be mad at that?!

Women doing big things-- can M.I.S.S ever be mad at that?!

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.

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8 Responses to “Cubannie Links Fall/Winter 09: Inner Goddess”

  1. Nina Parks says:

    I have to say that I’m kinda dispointed with this post, and with the campaign for this jewelry line.
    Where I am happy that the theme of women embracing their Inner Goddess is being brought into public forums which will allow for further dicussions, the bastardization of the power of these stories kinda kills me inside.

    I feel that the photos and the ad campain for this line still perpetuates, materialism as well as mis represents these cultures fro the sake of fashion. I can’t quite see how any of the jewelry peices on their own represent goddesses in any culture.

  2. Nina Parks says:

    Spelling corrections…. *Disappointed. Please note that this comment does not come from a place of hate, I just want to see us as women do better together

  3. Gee Gee says:

    Hi Nina,

    Thanks so much for your comment, I really appreciate the feedback.

    I think what I was trying to intend wasn’t so much that Cubannie Links’ new product line was “spiritually inclined”, but that it sets itself apart due to the thorough research the designer went through to create modern items inspired by historical and mythological figures of past cultures. However, I do understand why my post (especially with the beginning tie in to materialism early on) could very well be misleading.

    I love hearing your feedback and certainly understand where you’re coming from, thanks for sharing your ideas with me regarding this post :)

  4. Wow that was a really great post. Thanks for the love! All opinions are welcome. Everyone isnt gonna love CL. I am proud to have worked with the RAW team who believed in me and helped me put some great work out! I am so grateful for finding my passion in designing jewelry and starting my own business, my path has lead me to amazing opportunities and amazing new friends (MISS’s Gab & Liz being at the top of my list). Thanks for just taking the time to really educate yourself on my brand and my collections. CL is independent and practices a mom & pop type of vibe. We love all people shopping or not! As you mentioned the “Ay Cubannie” campaign was a special part of really taking my brand to an other level and I thank you for that! ALL LOVE FOR EVER!

  5. margaret says:

    Even if each individual piece doesn’t scream “goddess theme”, to me the company over time has been completely successful in appreciating that every woman is a goddess in her own right. And that we need some fly jewelery to adorn these goddess bodies with.
    That the campaign is not culturally specific only speaks to the fact that what a ‘goddess’ is can, and should, transcend social boundaries to celebrate women as a group and not by historical or religious standards.

  6. Nina Parks says:

    Right on, I love MISS Crew’s Blog and check it regularly, and even if CL isn’t my shot of brandy, I respect the hustle of any woman pushing for their dreams. Keep doing you. Understand that my opinion is also derived from the fact that I’m a tarot card wielding gypsy (in the depths of my subconscious) 😉 so I’m bias when it comes to representations of feminine deities. Respect- Nina P.

  7. Doubledutch says:

    I love every CL line more and more, and personally I feel so fierce and feminine when I have a big pair of doorknockers resting on my shoulders! Good work

  8. sandy says:

    jewelry concept is good! styling bad. can’t really see the product amongst all the print scarves and henna tattoos.

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