December 20, 2007

I Dream of a Lifestyle Involving Many Cocktail Dresses VI: FCUK

This season, I have really liked FCUK's selection of dresses. They have a fantastic selection of shift dresses (basically like a huge T-shirt,) which are young, sparkly and trendy. I liked them so much that I've been to French Connection more than to any other high street store this season and tried on most of their dresses in store. The last time I went to the FCUK shop in Covent Garden, all the salesgirl were wearing one of FCUK's dresses in their own style, (with their own accessories). The whole store felt so festive!

One of the things I've thought about FCUK were that for a highstreet shop, it has really pretty clothes. But I also feel that its clothes never quite justify the original prices, which is why I always try to wait for the things to go on sale. Anyways, onto the dresses:

The dress that everyone has probably seen is this sequinned dress. The white version is SO gorgeous! If only we had the events that celebs go to to wear shift dresses...

I really like how the studs are of the same colour as the dress (so the dress wouldn't look like one big mess) but they're just light-reflecting enough to see the pattern. The problem with sequinned and studded dresses though are that I can't really get a tailor to cut the dress shorter. The dress ends at almost the knee for me, when I think it's supposed to end mid-thigh. Sigh.

I've only seen this dress online before. I like that it looks so cute and summer-y and party-ish. Tube dresses are hard to wear though, and the bubble effect at the bottom doesn't make it any easier. But still, if you were partying on some hot and resort place, then you might want one for the parties!

BG and I like to imagine we have fancy dinners to go to (without going out afterwards,) so we thought these dresses would we perfect for the dinners. I really liked the silk, block coloured dress on the left, and BG like the knit dress on the right. Unfortunately, hardly anyone dresses up for fancy restaurants in Hong Kong so the only place we would get to wear dinner dresses would be in the States and London. Perhaps the two of us should organise a fancy-dress-wearing dinner sometime.

Two other dresses that would be great for dinners.

Now I thought this lime green dress looked pretty chic when I saw the model wearing it. However on me, it wasn't short enough and it felt and looked like I was wearing a green box -wide and flat.

The difference between two colours of one dress never looked so apparent until this dress. The light-coloured one is so much prettier. No wonder it's sold-out whereas the pink/purple dress is now on-sale in stores.

Pretty by itself, but not sure how pretty it looks on a person.

I really like colour-block designs and the sequins make the design look young and 'now'. I still haven't managed to try it on yet, although I did notice that it was accessorised with a wide belt at the FCUK window displays.

The two dresses which I seriously condsidered buying were these two. The black chiffon dress (left) is so cute. It looks sort of prim (black, chiffon) but it's also modern because it ends at mid-lower-thighs. It's a nice LBD for dinner and formal cocktails. On the other hand, the sequinned dress (right) that I liked is the navy blue version because the pattern shows up better. It's such a sparkly, party dress. The problem with sequinned dresses though, is that they fall out really easily, so it would probably not last more than a few wears. Nevertheless, if only I had the occasion to wear it...

What do you think of the FCUK dresses this season? Bought or tried on any?

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Blogger The Seeker said...

I really like the blue and black with the sequins I would bought it

12/20/2007 6:29 AM  
Blogger KreativeMix said...

i love the yellow dress!!!

12/20/2007 6:35 AM  
Blogger Shanti M said...

I LOVE these dresses! Particularly the last last one (black and silver) and the yellow one. The yellow one seems like it would be really hard to pull off but it would be SO chic if you could. I am 5'9" so I think I might be able to, especially if I grew to 6' tall with 3.5" chunky shoes like the ones in the picture.

Love it :D

I have to say I absolutely ADORE your dream of a life involving many cocktail dresses posts. I'm always hoping I'll see another post of li'l dresses when I open Google reader ;)

I've been reading your blog for about a year now and I love it. Thanks!

12/20/2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger fashionfoodculture-life said...

seeing this post i just bought the white sequined dress that becki newton was wearing, it's so pretty!! i ordered it online, it's on sale now, so hopefully it looks good on!

12/20/2007 11:53 AM  
Blogger Jael Paris said...

My friend and I both tried on that silk color block dress. It must be tried on before purchasing. We're different cup size, and the lines hit her in all the wrong places. It looked better on me, but would look best on someone small chested.

12/20/2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger Knikki said...

gosh i love all of em. especially the blue and black sequined dress (2nd from the bottom).
the pink bubble dress is adorable and surprisingly not so hard to wear in my opinion. i've seen quite a few girls come into bebe and put on a bubble dress and they look adorable. the only thing is that skinny girls dont wanna look fat so that's not the first or even second dress they go for. but it is quite flattering, especially with the right accessories.

12/20/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger la petite fashionista said...

im loving all the embellishments on the first two dresses:)

12/20/2007 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Me said...

" But still, if you were partying on some hot and resort place, then you might want one for the parties! "

omg, like, do you really think so?

12/21/2007 5:19 AM  
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Blogger Noel said...

I saw many of the fcuk dresses at the store in Las Vegas! They're great -- fabulous material, but a little too pricey and trendy for me at the time.

12/21/2007 5:59 AM  
Anonymous fashionista said...

These dresses are amazing and look very comfortable. It would be so easy to wear 'em over jeans during the day, or with heels at night. One of those hugely versatile pieces that every fashionista loves :-)

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12/21/2007 6:58 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I cannot choose just one out of all these. Therefore, your thesis is true--FCUK knows shift dresses!

12/21/2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger Juliet said...

Great post. I think that we girls should get the right to dress up more, if we want to. For past few months I've been wearing dressiest clothes when we go uot with my friends just because it is fun to wear the fancy dresses.

isn't life sweet?

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12/21/2007 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I love that white dress, the first one, I have to have it but can't find it on the website!! They can't have sold out already??

12/21/2007 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh french connection is a pretty expensive brand here in the netherlands! (not *too* expensive) does it say 'fcuk' or 'french connection' on the tag though? does that make a difference? haha.
anyway, i especially love the dresses with glitter/sequins/etc! too bad i don't have any parties to dress up for this year :(

12/23/2007 12:19 AM  
Blogger Madeira Darling said...

The sequined dresses remind me of early/high gothic-period armor. They're rather PoMo in that sense, the antique reference reinterpreted through a more modern concept. they also have a decidedly post-apocalyptic futuristic feeling. The metallic-esque shine of the sequins suggest something technologically advanced, but coupled with their rough texture (as compared to say PVC vinyl) they have a decidedly rougher edge.

12/26/2007 3:53 AM  
Blogger Ruby Cartell said...

I am the owner of the Black and White crocheted one. I ummed and arred over it for a while until i saw Kate Middleton wearing it in the Daily Mail. Fearing a run on them I rushed out and got one.
Have worn it quite a few times - to posh dinners, family dinners, bars and even to class. Highly recommended, especially if you have a pair of high black heels to go with it (patent leather with brass buckles looks divine, not to forget the black tights).


12/28/2007 5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the black and white knit one, but I didn't see any at the outlet store in Las Vegas. But I did buy this gorgeous skirt for $20, $100 off!

1/03/2008 6:47 AM  
Blogger anastasia nicole said...

I actually wore the blue and black one, but in all black on New Year's Eve.(check me out in it on As for the white sequined dress I know for certain that a nite of dancing would knock the sequins right off of it.

1/06/2008 11:20 AM  
Blogger Evatitude said...

yeah....i dream of it too!!!!

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Blogger Peonies and Polaroids said...

I nearly bought that last black tiered one in white as my wedding dress! I'm still thinking about buying it to change into in the evening but I can't really justify it.

I love your blog, you have excellent taste!

6/19/2008 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The black and white knitted one was spotted at a corporate function worn by one of the guest speakers here in Perth Australia. I purchased the white and silver sequined number and wore at a cocktail party in Dubai and will wear it again next week for local cocktail party. Life is for dressing up, so why not set the standard, no need to worry that other people do or don't dress up for dinner - throw on one of these, be the best dressed there and get a reputation for being the one that always looks great I say!

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