Plus-size designer Igigi was the official sponsor of the BFD meetup at BlogHer. This meant that me, Weetabix, and three of our lovely readers got to pick out outfits from the Igigi website to wear and review at the convention. I went to Igigi on Friday morning to pick up the dresses and meet up with the delightful Katrina, and I even got a little sneak peek at the new line, which includes some spectacular clothes for the workplace (a blazer I already covet).
I have to say that I was hoping one of us wouldn’t like her outfit, so that this ensuing post would seem like less of an Igigi lovefest. (After all, back in the day, Anne and I were not afraid to criticize Igigi’s clothes.) I guess I could pretend I didn’t like my dress, but, well, do you see the dress? Empirically, I look awesome in it. Sorry, but it’s true.
One little snag is that they were out of the dress in my size, 18/20, but I loved it so much that I decided to try a 14/16, and it worked fine. It probably would have been even better in an 18/20, and cling to my fat rolls a little less lovingly, but I decided to work with the slightly-too-small smaller size, and I really felt saucy and slinky and okay with the clinginess. (The other dress I tried on was this one, and in case you think I have nothing whatsoever bad to say about anything, I looked like an undead bridesmaid at a vampire wedding.) I got a ton of compliments on my breasts (for which I should also thank my brand new balconette bra) and on the dress itself. Someone even complimented me on my “personal branding” (oh that’s so BlogHer).
The other lovely women in the photo are (starting from the left) our own Weetabix, Corinna from This Lush Life, and Deb from Deb on the Rocks; as you can see, they all looked genuinely spectacular. And indeed, all of us were happy with our outfits. The other thing that strikes me about this picture is how different the dresses and our personalities seem to be; all the same designer, but four strong individual styles. Thanks again so much to Igigi, and the lovely ladies at the meetup. We’ll have to do it again sometime!
I’ve always loved Igigi since I started wearing the designs back in 2003. I keep saying that, because I would like some damned credit for discovering them, but it’s really my own stupidity for talking about it, as now w so many lovely ladies are wearing Igigi and I have to worry about someone showing up at events, wearing the same damned dress. Ok, I’m not bitter. Really, I’m not. It’s hard to be bitter when everyone looks so damned tasty. Clearly, Igigi has quality merchandise and designs to have gained popularity on their own merit. At the BFD Meetup, I kept feeling Deb up because the silk portrait collar top she was wearing was just so lovely, I couldn’t keep my hands off. And Corinna’s dress… like, wow is the only thing I can really say. It was made for her. I got the colorblock dress and threw it on right away in the morning, since I knew that I’d never have time to run back to my room and change. So, yeah, I’m biased, because I am fortunate enough to basically have the body type that Yuliya seems to be designing for a lot: tall, big boobs, hourglass figure. Like many of the Igigi dresses, the colorblock dress was made from the soft, almost bamboo-ish material that packs like a dream. I wish they’d use that fabric for all of the designs: for instance, I own the dress Mopie was wearing too (see? I told you!) and unfortunately, that one is NOT wrinkle-resistant in the slightest. Walking through the conference, I got SO many compliments on the dress that I was starting to get tired of spelling out the URL and wished that I either had Igigi cards to hand out or that my own cards didn’t have shiny backs so that I could write the URL on the backs for the people who were interested. Also, an unintended benefit: the dress is designed in such a way that if you feel the need to flash your boobs at an entire room full of women, you can totally do that. You know. If you want to, anyway.
Bob Mackie once said that Cher made it easy for him to be a great designer. “She had such an unbelievable body. She could wear anything. She was like a big Barbie doll,” he said.
I’m the opposite. It takes me forever to find something that fits, that has rockstar style and that also flatters my curves. So when I was offered the chance to pick an Igigi outfit to wear at the BlogHer 08 conference, I didn’t know what to think. It was absolutely fantastic to receive gorgeous clothes and the clothes looked stunning on their website, but what were the chances that they would fit and make me feel great at the important events I was attending? Honestly, I brought a spare outfit of my own, just in case the new clothes didn’t fit this Empress.
I ripped open the plastic covering my Igigi outfit to complete excitement. The Portrait Collar Blouse in Flintstone was exceptional. The fabric was exquisite, with the perfect softness and drape, and when I held it against me it felt like a painting, like the pale blue sky in “Birth of Venus.” It was so beautiful that I became even more scared—what if it didn’t fit? So I immediately got as naked as the Venus (well, I kept my great bra on—gotta have that!) and slipped into the sky blue blouse. Gorgeous! The collar flawlessly framed my face and neck and the finely tailored rows of double buttons made me feel like a poor girl gone rich, like Madonna or Cher or Cinderella on Ice.
And miraculously, it fit. That never happens! The shaping on the sides and back showed my waist and accented my chest in heavenly ways. I felt like a rockstar making a costume change for the final number, the one where I would pull up a stool and sing directly to one person an intimate, meaningful number under a soft spotlight. Maybe “Baby’s Got Blue Eyes.” Maybe “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”
The black Wide-Legged Pants were equally elegant, glamorous, and constructed from lovely fabric. They were a little snug in the waist and needed to be hemmed, but they flowed off my hips and legs and had sexy movement. To even come close to fitting new pants is amazing. Simply amazing.
The outfit was great, so I consider Igigi my new rockstar secret. Bob Mackie is right, it’s not a huge trick to design something beautiful for a hanger or its Barbie body equivalent. But it is a major feat to provide well fitting, gorgeous clothes right off the hanger to a curvier girl with the impossible standards of an Empress. Igigi can dress me anytime!
I’ve always thought of Ava Gardner as my own personal style icon. Of course, she is slender and taller but she had my dark coloring and a curvy body. I was about 12 years old when I saw Night of the Iguana and she immediately became my fashion role model. She was sultry, her presence was riveting, and she always got her way. Since then, I have searched for clothes that would make me feel like Ava but sadly 1940′s pencil skirts that fit my hips are impossible to find (I suppose I could have them made, but I haven’t), and while long elegant dresses with plunging necklines can be found in my size, I don’t have season tickets to the opera, and those dresses aren’t appropriate office party attire.
Finally I have found a dress that fulfills my desire to be an exotic femme fatale, one that is also modern and fits like a dream. I had never worn Igigi before. I know I am always telling everyone at www.ThisLushLife.com to wear Igigi but I am going to admit that I’ve never bought anything from the Igigi website for myself. I thought the clothes too dressy for my workaday life, too elegant for my simple local restaurants, too clingy for my curves. Those opinions have changed forever.
Thanks to the fantabulous Weetabix and Mo Pie and a recent Igigi contest, I now own the Marianna dress, and I believe it looks better on me than it does the model! It doesn’t just fit well, it fits like it was made for me. I can’t promise that it will fit you the same way but I can tell you that I am 5′ 7″ with an hourglass curvy figure. The Marianna dress hugs me like Frank Sinatra hugged Ava and then floats around the places where I want it to float.
The Marianna dress is made from strong stretchy fabric, with long lovely lace sleeves. I feel confident that I will wear it many times, but not too many – after all there are so many other Igigi dresses I now want to own!
Thanks so much, ladies! You all looked unbelievably fabulous.
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