Julien’s Auctions will celebrate the timeless glamour and inimitable style and genius of the legendary fashion and costume designer, Bob Mackie in PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOB MACKIE, the world-record breaking auction house’s fashion auction event of the season taking place on Saturday 17 November 2018, live in Los Angeles and online at

Cher. Carol Burnett. Diana Ross. Raquel Welch. These are just some of the entertainment icons and muses Bob Mackie has designed for and whose legendary creations have captured the public imagination and made headlines around the world.

From his unforgettable award winning wardrobe as the show costume designer for the first Carol Burnett Show during its entire eleven year run to his longtime collaboration with Cher and her dazzling, boundary pushing wardrobe on her television show, concert tours and show stopping public appearances, the nine time Emmy award winning designer, three time Academy Award nominee and the Television Academy Hall of Fame inductee has spent a distinguished career of designing for women who dare to be noticed. His unprecedented career achievements have been honored by the fashion industry and the arts in numerous awards including: the TDF Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for theatrical costume design; the “Charlie” (Chaplin) Award for Fashion Arts by the Hollywood Arts Council in 2008; a Design Legend Award and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Otis College of Art and Design in 2011 where Mackie has mentored students for over two decades; the Chicago History Museum with the Designer of Excellence Award in 2016 and more. In 1999, the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology honored Mackie’s enormous contribution to fashion and costume design with the retrospective Unmistakably Mackie, which was one of the most highly attended exhibitions in New York City history.

Today’s biggest stars and celebrities continue to clamor to be dressed by Mackie and his brand continues to flourish with his QVC Wearable Art Collection as well as his designs for Cher in her Classic Cher concert series in 2017 and the wardrobe for The Cher Show, set to open on Broadway in fall 2018.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • Carol Burnett’s colourful costumes worn on her TV show The Carol Burnett Show including a pair of costumes worn by Carol Burnett and Joel Grey in a “Commedia Dell’Arte” skit with Grey and Burnett as Punch and Judy dolls (estimate: $2000-$4000), a coral jersey gown and embellished bolero worn on the show by Burnett (estimate: $1,000-$2,000) and a colourful custom made matte jersey gown worn by Burnett to the People’s Choice Awards in 1977 (estimate: $2000-$4000)
  • Several of Cher’s most iconic, headline making ensembles worn in the 1970s including her 1974 Academy Awards custom made hand painted silk ensemble comprising of a cape, a bandeau top with scarf and a low waisted layered skirt (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); her spaghetti strapped jersey gown worn on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); her marigold jersey jumpsuit worn while performing “Everyday People” with Sonny on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and Cher (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a large Mabel the Fable Lady costume worn by Cher in a skit with Better Midler on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and more
  • A petal pink satin gown worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus to the 1998 Emmy Awards (estimate: $3,000-$5,000)
  • Raquel Welch’s figure hugging nude jersey gown embellished with topaz and white faceted glass and rows of gold bugle beads worn on the TV show Cher (estimate: $3,000-$5,000)
  • A black custom made gown worn by Lauren Bacall in 1970 in the Broadway show Applause and to the 24th Annual Tony Awards where she won for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for that role (estimate: $3,000-$5,000)

In addition, Julien’s Auctions and luxury ocean liner company Cunard will bring high fashion and Hollywood history to the high seas in an exclusive auction exhibition of the collection aboard flagship Queen Mary 2 in a voyage departing out of London on 19 August 2018 arriving in New York on 26 August 2018.

On this voyage, passengers will not only be treated to a special preview exhibition of the collection but will sail with Bob Mackie himself who will participate in exclusive guest programs on board.

“We are delighted to partner again with Julien’s Auctions, and to welcome legendary costume and fashion designer Bob Mackie aboard our flagship Queen Mary 2 for this very special program experience. For more than 10 years, we have enjoyed a fruitful and enriching partnership with Julien’s Auctions, bringing our guests ‘only on Cunard’ exclusive advance auction opportunities from such celebrity estates as Bob Hope, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe. This Crossing will be another very special experience for our guests.” – Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President for Cunard North America

On the Transatlantic Crossing out of London to New York, guests will enjoy:

      A daily, rotating exhibit of the Bob Mackie collection

      Exclusive opportunity to bid on choice items in advance of the general auction which will be held at Julien’s Auctions in   Los Angeles in November 2018

      Q&A with Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions and Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions

      Q&A with designer Bob Mackie

      An opportunity to win an original costume sketch drawing by Bob Mackie

“Bob Mackie’s five decade long career designing some of the most iconic fashions and looks of all time worn by some of the most glamorous stars in all of Hollywood history has been nothing short of extraordinary. We are very honored to present this once in a lifetime opportunity for passengers on board Cunard’s venerable Queen Mary 2 to experience the style and art of Bob Mackie as well as meet the legend himself behind this spectacular collection.” – Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions

For more information about Cunard, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit

For travel agents interested in further information, please contact your Business Development Manager, visit OneSource or call Cunard toll free at 1-800-528-6273.



Global online luxury womenswear retailer, Forever Unique, has expanded into bricks and mortar with an exclusive concession store in Selfridges Trafford.

The rapidly-growing online store for women’s fashion already boasts global partners including Al Taylor in the Middle East, in Sweden, Zalando in Germany and retail giants, Shop Direct in the UK.  On 30 July, Forever Unique opened a brand-new concession at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, Manchester – the city in which Forever Unique was founded.

“Over the last 10 years, our main priority has been to successfully expand into new markets and raise the profile of the brand. We’ve witnessed high growth in the last few years, and our goal is to explore new and innovative ways to engage a wider market, allowing consumers more diverse ways to shop and interact with Forever Unique. We’ve seen high customer demand for accessible ways to shop, so we’re excited to be offering a concession in a luxury department store like Selfridges, where customers can visually see, try, and shop the product for a more intimate retail experience.” – Founders of Forever Unique, Seema and Sandeep Malhotra

The new Selfridges concession will be positioned between Topshop and Ted Baker and will offer a curated edit of Forever Unique clothing and accessories.

“We’re delighted to welcome Forever Unique to our collection of fashion-forward brands at Selfridges Trafford – and even more excited by the fact that it is a home-grown brand, something we always love to champion.” – Vicki Cain, General Manager, Selfridges Trafford

Founded by Seema and her husband Sandeep Malhotra, a decade ago, Forever Unique has since successfully broken into the international fashion markets and has gone from strength to strength. With a head office in Manchester and a central London showroom, the brand is stocked in more than 30 countries around the world.



Asuno UK is a Manchester-based ethical fitness and yoga apparel brand which saves lives by providing food, water and identity to children in need around the world.

Every Asuno purchase supports a specific charity. Each clothing item represents a particular cause and has a metric tied to it. When you buy an item, this metric is carried out by their supporting charities. For example, one T-Shirt provides seven life-saving food supplements.

To achieve this Asuno has partnered with three charities:

Plump’d is a UK-registered charity dedicated to fighting child hunger. For every purchase Plump’d will provide at least seven Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) sachets to children in need.

Water for Africa is currently based both in the UK and The Gambia. Every purchase provides funding towards the completion of their next water well.

Toybox is a UK based charity with a vision of a just world with no street children. For every 13 purchases, Toybox can provide a child with a birth certificate, an identity and a future in Guatemala.

You can choose by charity or by colour– it’s up to you. But either way you’ll look good, feel good and do good.

The range has been developed by fitness enthusiast Ben Moreland who wanted high quality fitness clothing that would not only be functional and comfortable but that would also contribute to the lives of children in need around the world.

“I believe every business has the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world. And this belief is at the heart of Asuno. Every item in the range is designed to be versatile, functional, and comfortable, as well as having a very clear charitable metric. We wanted customers to be able to see clearly how their money was being used and what a difference their purchase was making to the life of a child in need.” – Ben Moreland

Asuno is launching its Empower Men’s Technical T-Shirt, designed for fit and performance, and its Embrace Women’s Leggings line, which are flattering, super comfy and allow for movement and support, on IndieGoGo today.

“We’ve been testing the range to ensure each item really does provide a comfortable, supportive fit – and the feedback has been fantastic. So, now we’re ready to launch it to a wider audience via IndieGoGo with the aim of changing the lives of a million children across the world.” – Ben Moreland

Asuno is available exclusively through IndieGoGo until 24th August here:



Multi award-winning fashion designer and star of Channel Four’s ‘The Posh Frock Shop’ Ian Stuart, visits Brides of Chester to introduce his range of designer wedding gowns

Award-winning bridal designer, Ian Stuart, has this week introduced his collection to Brides of Chester in Chester city centre.

Ian Stuart-Bride, an innovative bridal collection popular with quirky, modern brides, is only available in specially selected bridal shops and Brides of Chester and Brides of Liverpool have now been selected to house Ian Stuart’s unique collection.

“We’re thrilled to be selected to house Ian’s exquisite bridal gowns; he is an exceptional designer and a true icon within our industry and we are delighted to say that you can now buy his collection from Brides of Chester and Brides of Liverpool.” – Roddy Park, Owner of Brides of Chester

Ian’s training at Bellville Sassoon, one of London’s finest couture houses, gave him expert couturier knowledge of cut, proportion, balance and construction of high-end evening wear.

A leading ambassador for British design, Ian opened his own flagship store, ‘Blewcoat’ in 2014 which is regarded as a luxury shopping landmark, offering a personalised service for adventurously stylish women from around the world. 

The partnership with Brides of Chester means that brides can get the Ian Stuart experience in Chester and Liverpool city centres.

Ian spent the day with the team form Brides of Chester and Brides of Liverpool on Thursday 7th June to train the staff on the potential of customising dresses further to suit each, individual bride.

If any customisation is required, the new designs will be sketched and created at Blewcoat in London.

“My designs are all about making women look and feel beautiful and confident. Finding ‘the dress’ for a bride is a personal and emotional experience, ensuring that they feel fabulous is essential. My dresses are only housed in bridal shops that I feel understand the needs of a Bride. Brides of Chester is highly regarded in the bridal wear industry and they are dedicated to ensuring their brides have the perfect dress for their big day.” – Ian Stuart

This year, Channel 4 commissioned a documentary series ‘The Posh Frock Shop’ about Ian’s flagship London store.  The Posh Frock Shop will offer a rare and fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a British fashion house, revealing the exceptional talent behind Ian’s multi award-winning designs.

With unrestricted access to Ian’s flagship London store, The Blewcoat, viewers will get to know the man behind the brand and the colourful characters that make up his trusted team.

Ian is proud of The Posh Frock Shop because it portrays the real him and helps dispel the myth that designer clothes are only available to an elite few. Filming over such an extended period was a huge commitment, but Ian feels a duty to lift the lid on the world in which he operates and to show that his designs are accessible for all types of women.

Ian added: “There is this misconception that boutiques like mine are snooty and unwelcoming. The Posh Frock Shop will show you otherwise. Yes, the fashion world is glamourous and over the top at times, but I am a normal guy from up North who doesn’t take myself too seriously.”

The first episode will aired at 5.30 pm on Monday 11th June and will run every day midweek for 5 weeks.

To see the Ian Stuart Bridal Collection in Chester, visit the Brides of Chester store on 4 Northgate Row, Chester, CH1 2SA

For more information about Brides of Chester, call 01244 390097, email [email protected] or visit




Two for Joy, Manchester’s favourite ethical fashion brand, has launched two new limited edition slogan t-shirts for summer. As well as being bang on trend for SS18, £10 from the sale of every Hopeor Together t-shirt will go directly to support The Christie NHS Foundation Trust’s pioneering cancer treatment and research.

Made from 100% certified organic cotton, the relaxed-fit t-shirts are cool and comfortable for the summer months. The campaign hopes to raise £7,000 for the cause.

Sarah Jerath, founder of Two for Joy wanted to support The Christie’s world renowned cancer treatment centre in Withington, Manchester, as it’s a cause very close to her own heart.

“Having lost my mum to breast cancer at 18, and my Dad and other people close to me having suffered from cancer, I really wanted to do something for The Christie as the work it does is incredibly important to me and so many others. Donating money from the sales of the two slogan t-shirts is a simple way to support this worthy cause that helps so many people in Greater Manchester and the UK. So many people are directly affected by cancer, it’s crucial that they carry on doing such an amazing job. Two for Joy has always given back to causes that resonate with ourselves and our customers – it’s so important to support your community.” – Sarah Jerath

Two for Joy was launched in 2016 as an alternative choice to fast, throwaway fashion. The brand’s clothing is sourced responsibly and ethically, fairly priced and is designed to transcend the seasons.

“The Christie is delighted to enter into this exciting new partnership with Two for Joy. The bespoke t-shirts look fantastic and we can’t wait to see the product for sale online! We’d like to thank Two for Joy for supporting our charity in this way and choosing to donate £10 of the proceeds of each product sold to The Christie. It is generous and impactful gestures such as this that allow us to continue to provide patients with projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds.” – Danielle Carney, Corporate Fundraising Manager at The Christie

Sarah added: “I am absolutely delighted that we are able to raise funds for The Christie with our new slogan t-shirts. They truly represent the spirit of the people of Manchester, which is just what we wanted to capture.”

The two limited edition slogan t-shirts are available exclusively online from



“There just isn’t a range out there that’s comfortable but still makes you still feel sexy!”

The demand for a range of sensual and elegant maternity lingerie first became evident to Doulara’s Creative Director Rebecca Neumark after eavesdropping on casual conversations between pregnant friends. Complaints like this, alongside a bland choice of colour palettes, unattractive straps and scant concern for the seductive details so familiar in high-end non-maternity designs demonstrated that the maternity lingerie market currently has very few major high-end competitors.

Further research revealed that many other pregnant women feel this way…59% of pregnant women surveyed felt dissatisfied with their current maternity garments, agreeing that there was a gap in the market for lingerie that felt both sexy and technically advanced. 65% of pregnant women confirmed that they would be interested in purchasing a luxury range that could combine the elegance of their pre-pregnancy lingerie with the supportive mastery of specialist maternity technology.

Doulara was born out of a clear desire communicated by real pregnant women to conserve and celebrate a little of the sensuality of their pre-pregnancy lives, despite their changing form. Crafted from luxuriously soft fabrics and technically-advanced design features and targeted at pregnant women aged 20 to 40, Doulara sets out to demonstrate how style and comfort can work in harmony, serving as both function and fashion whilst employing the use of a pioneering gel underwire technology not yet commonly utilised on the maternity market.

The central piece of the collection is the Day Bra. Built with an innovative gel underwire, its intelligent technology has been designed with a deep understanding of the pregnant female form, allowing the bra to grow and breathe with a rapidly developing size and shape of a pregnant woman. The complete range also includes specialist bras for nursing and nighttime (both also featuring the signature gel underwire) as well as a French knicker design, a classic cut bikini brief and a high waisted brief, which features hidden inner support for post-pregnancy/C-section comfort. A suspender belt completes the small but perfectly curated debut collection. All garments feature playful and unexpected details like cutout mesh panels and extra decorative straps.

The range is available for purchase online now at,with price points starting at £25.

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