Linda Evangelista photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italy, February 1989.

I've always wanted to venture to Cuba. A desire which may or may not have been fuelled by Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights. Live music, divine, savoury food and handsome gents. Colour, colour, and more colour. Resplendent architecture and sensual tango's on the sidewalk. My vision of Cuba might not be the most realistic but this editorial permits me to continue envisioning it so. A weekend to carouse and a suitcase swarmed with little sequinned numbers, mules and bright lipstick. Late nights, an excessive consumption of wine and many a fun moment with the locals. Walking home barefoot then catching a glimpse of the glittering sunrise as you collapse into a lawn chair, succumbing to an exhaustion of pure happiness. That is my Cuba.

I love looking back at these images from time to time. The vibrancy and romance completely seduces ones mind and impregnates it with inspiration. It's playful in nature yet makes you question its overall innocence too. Now, I have a question I wish to pose to you all. And be honest with me here but if I had not made mention that this was Vogue Italia circa the late eighties, how many of you would have guessed it so? Aside from the fact that the dazzling Linda Evengalista graces this that is. I'm always amazed at how super impressive and transcendent this piece actually is, especially within the sartorial content which for most part, many of these pieces can be found today. Like those sequinned skirts and cropped tanks, the flamboyant earrings (which I happened to find an impressively exact match to those gold hoops here) and the orange and pink stained lip. It's no secret how cyclical fashion and beauty truly is but seeing it here and now can do crazy things to one's mind. At least, to mine anyway. How about you guys? Are you also in awe of its relevancy?

-Sxx
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Linda Evangelista photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italy, February 1989.

I've always wanted to venture to Cuba. A desire which may or may not have been fuelled by Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights. Live music, divine, savoury food and handsome gents. Colour, colour, and more colour. Resplendent architecture and sensual tango's on the sidewalk. My vision of Cuba might not be the most realistic but this editorial permits me to continue envisioning it so. A weekend to carouse and a suitcase swarmed with little sequinned numbers, mules and bright lipstick. Late nights, an excessive consumption of wine and many a fun moment with the locals. Walking home barefoot then catching a glimpse of the glittering sunrise as you collapse into a lawn chair, succumbing to an exhaustion of pure happiness. That is my Cuba.

I love looking back at these images from time to time. The vibrancy and romance completely seduces ones mind and impregnates it with inspiration. It's playful in nature yet makes you question its overall innocence too. Now, I have a question I wish to pose to you all. And be honest with me here but if I had not made mention that this was Vogue Italia circa the late eighties, how many of you would have guessed it so? Aside from the fact that the dazzling Linda Evengalista graces this that is. I'm always amazed at how super impressive and transcendent this piece actually is, especially within the sartorial content which for most part, many of these pieces can be found today. Like those sequinned skirts and cropped tanks, the flamboyant earrings (which I happened to find an impressively exact match to those gold hoops here) and the orange and pink stained lip. It's no secret how cyclical fashion and beauty truly is but seeing it here and now can do crazy things to one's mind. At least, to mine anyway. How about you guys? Are you also in awe of its relevancy?

-Sxx
images via: fashionising

108 comments

  1. Bom editorial adoro a intensidade das fotos.
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  2. Thanks for sharing this shoot, so colorful! I see what you mean, it is still relevant

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  3. Beautiful photos!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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  4. Editorial in the 80's look like story behind the image this was impressively presented. I enjoy reading the passion mini imagination which captivated my attention.

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  5. These photographs are beautiful and timeless!

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  6. I think Cuba is a marvelous place and Linda Evangelista on these photos is really amazing!!! I have a new post on my blog! If you want, take a look at my blog and let me know what you think.....Have a nice day, kisses and thank you for stopping at my blog,
    Eni

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  7. Amazing inspo S. I love these pictures, so hot!
    xx
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  8. Woaaah, fantastic photos! Stunning shoot. Very Cuba for sure!

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  9. These pictures are seriously amazing! Love the effortless style! Happy Friday!

    <3 Shannon
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  10. Oh my god, what a beautiful editorial, thank you so much for sharing! I swear I can almost feel the blazing summer sun on my skin <3


    Fashionably,
    Patricia
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  11. Oh wow, such provocative shots! Love it! xoxo

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  12. YOU made me watch Dirty Dancing (I think!) from one of your previous posts.. I am SO in love with that film now! Cuba does sound divine doesn't it!! Ahhhh lets go!

    Some clothing brings lots of nostaglia for me - or lust for places I haven't been to! So I completely get where you're coming from Sonia.

    Sorry I've been so quiet - been a crazy couple of days.

    xxx

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    1. Hehehe, it's such a cool movie isn't it! I actually hadn't watched it in the longest of times but treated myself over the weekend xx

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  13. Wow this editorial is so hotttt ... but it's never vulgar! And you're right, it's totally relevant in 2015.

    Bella Pummarola

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  14. This editorial sure conjures up some passionate visions about Cuba! I can't believe it's from 1989! And I totally agree with you about how relevant it still looks.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  15. The styles are amazing! So exuberant and full of life, I want that white sequined dress! :) xo~ Lena
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  16. I also so so want to visit Cuba, Sonia!! It's a stunning place, and the culture is just so rich there!! Gosh!!! And lovee the images you've included in this editorial!! :) They remind me so much of the 90s! :)

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  17. Oh wow, gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing :)

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  18. Amazing photos! :)
    Have a good day!

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  19. i think cuba is a really interesting place. so, yes I would also like to visit it :) I really like your photo choice

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  20. As I was looking at the photos I thought, she looks so much like Linda Evangelista! I don't recall her being so tanned but I guess it was done for this particular shoot.

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  21. this photoshoot is so glamorous! love the way you relate cuba to havana nights! never been there myself, but have heard stories!
    xoxo,
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  22. I love so much these pics! They are so sexy!
    xoxo
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  23. Very Nice Inspirations

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  24. Sonia, I have the same vision of Cuba, realistic or not, it just how I imagined it. When do we travel so?!:) Btw, when I saw the editorial and read the year, I thought the same, I cant believe is shot in 1989, is still so fashionable and cool, Linda was my fav model when I was a child, I remember I wanted the bob just like the one she got :) Have a fab and sunny weekend Sonia, hugs! xo

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  25. Oh wow! This was from the late 80's? That's amazing! You're right. It just shows how cyclical fashion truly is. Also shows how great editorials can transcend time. Just beautiful styling, and Linda just looked so gorgeous.

    PS I've never been to Cuba, but I understand your desire:D I mean, it just looks like such an exciting and vibrant place to be, although most people I know that have been there do always say that it's different from the movies.

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    1. I'm sure it would be, movies always tend to glamorise things a certain way. Still, it would be an amazing experience nonetheless xx

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  26. Incredible editorial, so sensual!!! I love Cuba and Linda Evangelista was a great top model!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  27. These photos are amazing !!!
    xoxo

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  28. I love that a bit of edginess is captured in the editorial - and even more that there is an element of sequins in each outfit *hearteyes*

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  29. These images are beyond gorgeous - you can feel the humidity through each photo! I absolutely wouldn't have placed them in the 80s and instead would have estimated late 90s at the very earliest. The only giveaway would be the violence shown in the final image that I can't imagine would pass as okay these days - even in the name of fashion ;) Have a lovely weekend, Sonia!

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    1. You can definitely feel the warmth and I agree with you, if it's one thing I don't quite like about this is the reference to extreme possession of a women. I suppose back in those days it may have been seen as "romantic", to be violently obsessive with your "women" or something. I was only three back then so I don't really know what the norm was in terms of relationships and a women's expectation in a "mans" world. But judging from movies of that era and later they did have certain roles that were unashamedly played. xx

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  30. What beautiful photos dear.
    Kisses

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  31. Beautiful pictures; Cuba is a dream for me to go :)

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  32. Such a fantastic photo session! I adore the mood and Linda looked absolutely beautiful, these clothes were so cool! I also dream about visiting Cuba some day.

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  33. I want to go to Cuba!!! Great post

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  34. Wow, these pictures are incredible! I would love to visit Cuba!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  35. Great post! ♥

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  36. This is such a great editorial! Very lovely photos. Happy Monday dear! :)

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  37. Such a nice editorial! I love what you've written also!!
    xx
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  38. I love the pics and the savage ambience they take from the topics in the island

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  39. This inspo is sooooo good. Thanks, babe!

    xo,
    miranda

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  40. Such a great editorial
    I too used to dream of Cuba from Dirty Dancing Havana Nights haha
    xx
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  41. Stunning photos!
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  42. beautiful shots! now that they are allowing some to go to cuba, i'd love to go! seems so beautiful!
    xx.M
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  43. This is indeed editorial Sonia. Every pic is incredible, Linda is a gorgeous Model. Thanks for sharing:).

    Wish you a lovely week ahead Sonia.
    Xx. Tanya
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  44. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is amazing!!! Love this editorial - very sexy.

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  45. Stunning shots!

    xx Cara
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  46. Amazing Pics!
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  47. What a gorgeous photoshoot - I want to go to Cuba now too!

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  48. Now, if you had not mentioned it here, I would not have known that it was shot quite some time back, though subconsciously, I do suspect that coming along the way as I go through the visuals *_^ Nonetheless, like you said, the relevancy is pretty high on the list.

    I love your description of CUBA, your version of the place makes me wanna just pack my bags now and hop on the next flight with you, my dearie! These are stunning visuals, very sensual, except for the last one. It does have a tinge of rendering woman in a less empowered situation, which I find can be quite a stereotype (yet most women tend to like the idea of succumbing to the power of men over us). I am not saying it in a bad manner, just that it becomes a little too subconsciously "natural", without us realizing it.

    Hope your week is off to a great start! Always a gem reading your blog posts.

    Big hugs,
    Jeann

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    1. I agree with you. It really does portray that stereotype which in reality very much does exist. Sadly enough. And it's a shame with this editorial too since there are also strong elements of empowerment while she is photographed alone, but the inclusion of a male automatically sees her cower and shun that feminine power away xx

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  49. Beautiful editorial!
    Very nice blog by the way :)

    Kisses from Russia,
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  50. So beautiful photos!
    xx Elisa
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  51. Hi Sonia,
    what a wonderful selection of pictures!!!
    Baci,
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  52. wow such a lovely post! great job x

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  53. amazing pictures, perfect really! ;)
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  54. I agree with you. Fashion trends always come back. This pictures could have been taken nowadys. Chunky jewelry, sequins.. are in vogue again. Have a great day!

    Jasmine xx
    For a Real Woman

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  55. These pictures are really awsome!

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  56. Great blog♥

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  57. It all looks much more realistic than it does now, but still beautiful. Great post.

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  58. What an amazing set of photos!!!! <3

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  59. Wow, I would never tell that this editorial is from the late 80s! Wonderful photos and the energy coming from them is amazing! I want to visit Cuba more than ever, but unfortunately, it's so far away from me. But I am sure I'd love it!

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    1. Everything is far where I live hahaha! xx

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  60. Oh wow Linda Evangelista is absolutely gorgeous here. Such amazing editorial photos. Thanks for sharing with us your inspiration :)

    Mel
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  61. Linda is such a beauty! Love this post! Love your blog! So need to add Cuba to my bucketlist! http://ashaopryhirsi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  62. those are some hot photographs

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  63. Amazing photos!! I am obsessed with Dirty Dancing Havanna Nights!! One of my favorite movies and the soundtrack is awesome too!! :-)

    Brittany,
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  64. Amazing editorial!
    Linda Evangelista is a true beauty!
    xxx
    S
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  65. I love Steven Meisel photos! Thanks for sharing those!
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  66. I am in love with this editorial! Also their tans! My goal for the summer hahaha!

    xo

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    1. Those tans are pretty darn enviable. Curse my pale skin. xx

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  67. Old photo's just have something about them! Great Post Sonia!

    Meme xx

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  68. I only guessed that this is an old editorial because I recognized Linda Evengalista! If it was't for her, I would have thought this is a pretty recent editorial which goes to show how amazing it is. Timeless!

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  69. Great pictures! Really love them!!

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  70. omg!! this editorial!! I DIE!! :D

    Have a great week!
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  71. I'm curiouse about Cuba but not sure I'd want to visit. These photos are hot!

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  72. ahh Cuba invoked such a sense of romance and grit!
    I recognized Linda but you are right - sequins and some pieces are timeless!

    xoxo,
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  73. This is an awesome editorial! I would love to visit Cuba sometimes, they recently just lifted the ban so Americans can finally go!

    Tina
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  74. oh great editorial!! cuba must be amazing!!

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  75. Wow! Nice photos!
    xx

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  76. Suuuuuch a glam + amazing throwback shoot!

    -Ashley
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  77. Great post!!
    Chiara
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  78. <3333 such great pictures!!

    love this post

    Karolina Gerspucci

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  79. Love these photos :)
    I actually feel super weird about the fashion from my childhood returning already :D

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    1. Yeah, I know what you mean. Mum jeans for one...

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  80. These pictures are stunning! Thanks for sharing :) x

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  81. Beautiful photographs! I've always been interested in Cuba's culture and lifestyle.. it's so rich and always so eventful, it keeps drawing people in because of all the excitement.. there's definitely no boring moment there :)

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xx
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  82. Times passes by, but Linda is always GREAT!!!

    xoxo
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  83. Linda envangelista no auge!

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  84. This is such an amazing and appealing editorial. Love it!! :)

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  85. How gorgeous she was!!!

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