Yuliya Raquel is the creator of IGIGI, the award-winning American designer brand for sizes 12-32.  Its collections are incredible in detail and truly grab the shape of a woman’s curves.  Coveted by consumers and celebrities alike, IGIGI has become one of the most popular lines in the plus size community. Some of their celebrity clientele include Nikki Blonsky, Kim Coles, and Jill Scott to name a few.  They have been featured in several fashion and lifestyle magazines worldwide. Collections are designed in-house and produced locally through independent San Francisco Bay Area contractors. IGIGI’s by Yuliya Raquel’s mission is to transform the world’s view of beauty by providing full-figured women with self-expression tools like stylish, quality, and well-fitting clothes for all occasions; the ShapeStylist that helps our customers determine their shapes to shop for the most flattering outfits; videos with advice on how to style and dress to reaffirm their true authentic beauty and reflect that on to the world in order to achieve a more size positive society.

Here is a review of two dresses that I am in love with for this summer, along with beauty suggestions to go with them:

The Lydia Maxi Dress in black, a gorgeous take on the ever popular maxi. Sleek and confident, this print-blocked jersey maxi dress is a chic choice for work, casual or a pool party event.It wears beautifully and feels so comfortable for day or night. You can dress it up or down with the right accessories and shoes. Your makeup for this look would also be so simple. It works perfectly with a bronze smoky eye and bright lip. I especially like this dress for summer events, which in Miami is year-round.


The Catherine Asymmetrical Dress in Emerald, a stunning shade of green that is flattering year-round. The cut of the dress looks amazing with an impeccable design and looks flawless on the body. Draped surplice bodice, an asymmetric hem, strategic seams and pleats on the skirt make this dress an easy-chic elegance with a contemporary edge. Paired with the black obi belt makes this dress flawless and timeless. Paired with the right accessories, this is a dress that is perfect for all occasions. Makeup wise, you have a few ways to to go with this gorgeous shade. You can do natural with bright red lips or even a heavy grey smokey eye with nude lips. the possibilities are endless.


They feature everything from casual to bridal fashion and are one of the most elegant and beautiful lines around. I highly recommend looking into this line for the trendiest in high-end fashion.

You can find their designs on their website at www.igigi.com as well as their facebook page, www.facebook.com/igigistyle.com. IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel was honored with the Best Plus Fashion Retailer of the Year award (Full Figured Fashion Week, June, 2010), and made Internet Retailer’s Top Hot 100 list (December, 2010), and recently received About.com Critics’ Choice Best Plus Designer Award (March, 2011).