Seeing the trailer for Advanced Style has gotten me so excited and, on a sillier level has rekindled my obsession for all things bakelike. While an arm full of chunky bangles can seem a bit overly eccentric, Nancy Cunard proved that the look can be dark, smoldering, and noir-ish. It’s a bold look, for sure.
This wonderful Etsy shop has some of the most unique and beautiful bakelite bangles I’ve seen. However authentic Bakelite is pricey. The purple bangles below are not bakelite (fakelite, as I like to call them) yet still capture the look. I certainly cannot afford the real thing unless I happen upon it unknowingly at a flea market or yard sale. It hasn’t happened yet but I enjoy testing all my vintage bangle finds in the hopes of one day uncovering the real thing. See the link at bottom for how to test your bangles. It’s exciting and maybe one day you will strike gold!
There are also some great books out there:
I adore this picture of Kate Moss channeling Cunard.