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Pret a Portas

June 22, 2007

Last night saw the conclusion to one of the best-named series I’ve seen in a while, Mary, Queen Of Shops, where queen of the high street, Mary Portas sets out to save struggling fashion boutiqus (the name only just beat my rather obvious idea: Pret a Portas).

Along the way, a few (mostly male) retailers took exception to her words of wisdom, which was hilarious, but mostly it was great seeing a shabby grey shop go to a full-on luscious boutique, bustling with customers.

OK, so Mary might talk as if she’s reading from a script (and she probably is). OK, it might seem like the retail guru is just giving each shop a lick of paint, a new name and a tidier window display, but actually what Mary’s true strength is, is that she gives each flagging retailer their passion back. And that’s pure witch-craft if you ask me. She’s amazing. And for someone who works in fashion and spends a lot of her time in clothing shops, she talks a heck of a lot of sense.

I’m jealous of her job, I’m jealous of her clothes, heck I’m even thinking of going out and getting Mary Portas chop. Long live Mary, Queen of Shops…

PS apologies, for the lack of pic. Nasty beeb don’t seem to have any and neither do Google. Most odd…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Clair permalink
    June 22, 2007 11:50 am

    I bloody LOVED this series, but only caught the last two eps! It’s a special interest of mine, and the woman is TOTALLY inspirational! Jacqui Steven has been very unkind about Mary, saying she dresses like a lesbian builder, but she looks fantastic.

    The only thing that jarred with me last night was when she managed to persuade Melanie Ricketts the fashion news editor of Grazia to see the boutique owner. It woudn’t have been hard – Mary and Melanie are partners, so a bit of transparency would have been nice.

  2. Rich permalink
    June 23, 2007 8:24 am

    I saw the first two and thought it was the dullest thing I’d seen for ages. Why was there any need to stretch it out over an hour? 45 minutes would have done. And, as it’s made by Optomen, the format’s exactly the same as Kitchen Nightmares.
    I can’t stand the woman who does it, and I get the impression that someone came up witht the title before they found the format and someone to do it. “Right, now we just need a Mary”.

    Mind you, the thing that was on before this week’s was even worse. Two tossers competing over a room. Something else that could have been over in 30 minutes instead of an hour.

  3. Rich permalink
    June 23, 2007 8:26 am

    Oh, and another thing, the ad campaign for MQOS was complete overkill. I nearly smashed the radio when they started advertising it on Radio2.

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