Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Mary Portas - Queen of Frocks

I didn't like the last series I must admit - I know that mass market, pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap stores like Primark et al aren't going to give a great customer experience, I just don't think it makes for great TV. It all left me feeling non-plussed and I gave up after the first couple of episodes. I do think however, that with Mary Portas, Queen of Frocks the team have got right back on track with some addictive retail telly.

What's not to love? You've got Mary actually showing her human side 'Happy teams - that's what I insist on!' and breaking down into tears of frustration (who knew that was even possible). All humanity is there in the form of the staff interviews for the new store within a store (Mary Portas in House of Fraser). There was the camp one, the one stuck in the past and prepared to stand and fight, the super-efficient one, and a few challenges along the way - after all we don't all have the Mary Portas figure past forty which was made much of.

I like this show and will be tuning in next week. And from what I've seen of the clothes I like them too!

It aint cheap- the purple dress here is around £135 which isn't expensive either, just not as cheap as the high-street and certain shirts were in the £100-£300 mark so we'll see if this particular group of women have the cash to support Mary in her endeavour to create a place for the young fortysomething.

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