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NOW CLOSED Tell House of Fraser what you think about the Mary Portas Collection and win a personal shopper session and £500 to spend at House of Fraser

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 10-May-12 10:09:04

We've been asked by House of Fraser to find out what you think of the Mary Portas Collection

Here's what Mary says about the Collection: "Just follow the Pret-a-Portas cocktail = one part simple chic, one part edge, and decorate!"

What House of Fraser would like you to do is take a look at the Collection online here or visit your nearest House of Fraser* to check it out in real life, and maybe try some items on. Then they'd like you to come back to this thread and answer these questions:

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

The team at House of Fraser and Mary (!) will read all of the comments submitted on this thread and the MNer whose feedback they find the most interesting will win a styling session with a personal shopper and £500 to spend at their nearest House of Fraser. Please see Terms and Conditions here.

Thanks
MNHQ

*Mary Portas is available at House of Fraser Oxford Street, Westfield, Manchester, Glasgow and Guildford

Merrylegs Thu 10-May-12 10:49:05

Oh how exciting.

I love Mary Portas, I love frocks and I love the Pret-a-Portas tag - fab idea.

Looks like my nearest HofF (Norwich) doesn't house the collection so I have checked it out on line and just wanted to ask

WHAT was the thinking behind standing the model in the corner? It seriously looks like the last scene in The Blair Witch Project and also makes the clothes look rather cramped and far away. In the naughty corner for sure.

That said, I will have a proper peruse later and feedback....

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 11:00:05

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

I liked the red siren dress. It was nicely fitted and would make me feel quite womanly and smart whilst showing off what curves I do have. It's a nice simple design that I could wear for special occasions as well as everyday. You could easily accessorise this too.

Do you have more than one?

I also liked the dress in black, although the description is the same the cut looks different, the neckline is more subtle and the skirt has a little more flare. I also liked the jersey scoop tops and the biker jacket is just ace! Again they are flattering to a skinnier figure like mine.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?

The fitted clothes such as the siren dress caught my eye because it was uncomplicated and you could see that the cut was superior.

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

Again I like the dress, tops and jacket because they are plain, so they can be dressed down or up. The colours are not too flashy and the fitted style is my favourite.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

The collection does cater for women of all sizes. The tabard tops and blouses are probably more suitable for larger women but I did like the fact that she caters for skinny ones too as so often we are left out of high street clothing which now seems to cater for larger sizes. I also like that she has included plain, muted colours alongside bold patterns as again, not everyone likes the bold prints that are in fashion at the moment and I do think the simple, plain styles are so useful for everyday wear. So I would be surprised if somebody didn't find at least one item of clothing they liked in that collection.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?

I would like to see more of the same really. There are quite a few of us who don't have large breasts and so many tops and dresses are either too low cut or they just hang on us. So please do cater for women of all sizes, as you seem to be doing.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?

Perhaps be a little more adventurous with the clothes, taking on a younger approach to have something funky and with a bit of attitude, rather like Mary herself!

Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

Again I just like to see designers cater for slim women on the high street as well as on the catwalks. I struggle to find anything that looks good on me as either the sleeves are too short on size 8 tops, or the neck is cut too low or the cut is made for women with larger boobs resulting in loose material that makes me look even more boobless!

The dresses could do with panels inserted to flatten baby bellies and perhaps even a little padding around the boob area?

I couldn't see the knickers section but I liked the hosiery, however paying a tenner for a pair of tights just isn't going to happen, especially if you have kids and a pair is usually snagged after a few minutes. I get through tons of tights usually because they are snagged on tables, by boot buckles, children's shoes, dog claws etc.

The prices themselves aren't too unreasonable. £75 for the siren dress is actually very reasonable, although I note that this is down from £150.

Oh and the armery - what a fantastic idea! What you should do is advertise the armery for all your short sleeved tops, so on that page you could have a section on what goes with that dress/top etc. I like visual examples of how you could accessorise a dress as it does give me inspiration.

Anyway I think that's enough feedback for now. Do I get a prize?

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 11:01:38

What model? What corner?

If the prices have all been reduced due to poor sales, then I'm not surprised. I only looked at the dresses/tops bit and there's nothing at all there that I'd buy.

Baggy things, horrible 'harem' pants that look dire even on gorgeous teenagers... Same thing in different colours over and over, not much variety.

I'd expect something a bit more timeless classic from House of Fraser, sorry.

Merrylegs Thu 10-May-12 11:30:28

TheRhubarb - if you click on the dresses, for eg they show the model front and back - but in some of the back views the model lterally has her nose against the wall and seems rather scrunched up in the corner. I just wondered what the thinking behind any kind of background was really?

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 11:43:40

Ha ha ha! So it does! That is well weird!

Flibberty I thought that when I first had a look. Horrible baggy tops with lurid patterns, but then I scolled down and came across that lovely bikers jacket and the nice dress. Some of the plain jersey tops are nice too. I agree though, it could do with a funkier edge.

iwantavuvezela Thu 10-May-12 11:55:00

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I absolutely loved the black dress coat - and am quite tempted to go and purchase this. It looks like a piece, that if it fitted me I would buy and love to have in my cupboard. This was by far my favourite piece. I also like the Hyperfloral batwing dress - however I have bought some "statement" pieces before, by that I mean, something with a very distinct print, and I find that I just cant keep wearing it (as I feel like everyone is saying oh here comes iwant in that mad print again!) . So I probably wouldnt buy this as it is £160 and therefore I would rather buy this sort of piece from Zara, and buy better pieces that last longer, or i could accesorise myself from a collection.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I looked at Mary Porta's pants in her last collection as i had read about her leather pants. I often find buying trousers really difficult (I am in my forties) so I prefer well structured pants that I can wear to work, or glam up with a top if i am going to the theatre; party etc. I bought some great skinnies from whistles, and a pair of Dolce blue pants from House of Fraser about 2 years ago. I either find "work"pants quite dull, or not fitted enough, and as I personally love trousers/pants etc, would love to see a wider range of these. I would be happy to pay for these as well as they are important pieces in my wardrobe. I like interesting takes on trousers .... I know GAP two years ago did the whole range of pants, but I was disappointed by that as well.

The blouses/tops didnt inspire me that much, and I would have like to have seen something more interesting - its as if all the prints and "zaniness" where on the dresses, and the tops/blouses were not that appealing. I think I have grown out of catsuits, however i might try on one for fun the next time to see what they look like!

I must agree that the model in the corner did not help "sell" the clothes, and although I do not need to see a model draped on a lounger on a beach, it did nothing (the lighting?) to really show off the clothes. If I hadnt been directed to the page via this feedback thread, i probably wouldnt have lingered on it too much.

What was interesting about the site was to look at the dresses, and then see them on the model. It helped to show the true lenght of the dress which was really useful.

NotMostPeople Thu 10-May-12 12:10:30

I have a crush on Mary and really want to like her collection, I like her style and whilst I'm not quite as slim as her I am tall so a similar sort of shape.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

Favourite piece is the geometric print shirt looks great, I love a print and this has a slight 50's Lucienne Day feel to it. I also like the preppy with a twist look, so this shirt would be great under a knit as well as on it's own. I am quite tempted to buy it. Nothing else really made me want to get the credit card out.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I think a lot of it is very safe as if someone is telling her that she mustn't alienate the existing middle aged House of Fraser customer. At 44 I guess I'm the target audience but I find it all a bit bland. Some of the prints are great but some look like they're from M&S. The dresses need to be tried on I think, online they look shapeless and if you do have some lumps and bumps they look like they'd only highlight them. If in fact they are livesavers and cover up and flatter then for goodness sake make this clear somehow on the website. If they are only good for the flat stomached women then I can only feel disappointed as I thought the idea was to appeal to all. I'd like to see sharper, edgier. I may be in my 40's but I was a teen of the 80's and look what we wore then, I'm not ready for Alexon/Country Causuals et all.

I liked the "shop your shape" function, although I didn't really see anything I would consider special enough to justify the price in my body shape. The leg shapes on the trouser pictures were not shapes my legs could ever besad
Also, I would have liked lower necklines as I have a decent bust which looks like a wall of immense boobage in high necklines.
Overall, some room for improvement, although I liked the colours, I would probably pick up similar items cheaper and adapt them to my body shape and taste.
I would like some provision for short legs too, all the styles look like they are made for giraffes.
Now I've finished insulting the products, please please give me the prize anyway I need some new clothes so I don't look like such a scruff bag I would love to look gorgeous in clothes without feeling guilty about spending so much on themsmile
<pick me, pick me>

NotMostPeople Thu 10-May-12 12:11:54

Ooh and I will nip into Manchester and try on a dress..... although a voucher would make this a far more enjoyable experience grin.

PostBellumBugsy Thu 10-May-12 12:19:25

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The green & yellow leopard scarf - beautiful colours.

Do you have more than one?
I also love the neoprene mac.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
Yes, the scarf - as above, because of the beautiful colours.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
For me the most appealing things overall are the fitted dresses & skirts. These are all items I would wear.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
More of those kind of clothes.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
I don't like skinny jeans & baggy, slouchy tops, so that style could happily disappear from my perspective.

Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions?
I would like to see more scarves. I really liked the scarf collection. I thought the colours were interesting & a bit different, so I would like to see more additions to those.

I'd also like to wish Mary good luck with her Kinky Knickers. I hope they are a great success. I love them & think it is fantastic to have some manufacturing going on in the UK.

EggsOvaryZee Thu 10-May-12 12:53:44

I’m the wrong side of 36 and am consciously for the first time beginning to think about my ‘style’ – what I wear and how I wear it.
This was prompted by a well meaning work colleague pointing out that I may want to stop wearing my hair in ‘ironic retro’ bunches. Ouch – the shame!

I am someone that although I like clothes, I don’t know much about fashion or trends, and have never seen Gok’s programme despite it being Water Cooler TV for a while. But, I would like to ‘get into’ it all (fashion, that is) seeing how many women my age look amazing, but I am slightly embarrassed and feel like I’ve ‘missed the boat’ a little.

About a year ago, after two pregnancies close together and medication, I was very overweight. I’m 5”2 and from always being a curvy 10 throughout my 20’s and early 30’s – I went up to a size 18, a lot on a small frame. Over the course of a year, I’m back to being slimmer than I was in my 20’s. But, not being that age any longer, I am no longer happy going to the shops I previously liked. Top Shop and River Island feel far too young and I can’t remember the last time I walked out of there with anything I liked. Karen Millen and Next feel rather ‘prissy’. Unlike a friend who only ever shops at H&M and Primark, she can spend £30 on a dress and it looks amazing, whereas I can’t quite pull off the same look. Marks & Spencer’s feels too old, and I don’t want to shop at the same place as my mother just yet!

Unfortunately, the isn’t stock of Mary’s clothes where I live but I’ve spent a good while having a nose on the internet.

I’m addicted to Mad Men, and have always loved wearing dresses – I feel her collection easily channels some of that feeling. Unfussy, grown up and elegant without being dull, mature without being ‘craaazzzzzzzyyyyyyyy’…and the cut looks lovely.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
Particular impressions of dresses: Lorelec dress looks lovely. Like the sort of thing I would really like to wear as ‘casual wear’ rather than my current ‘casual’ wear which is jeans. I like the idea of the Ray dress, but having watched the video, I think that look would be better carried off by someone taller than I am and also, my tummy isn’t flat….so I’d be looking for a bit more coverage, but the burgundy one looks stunning.
The aurora dress would be exactly what I am looking for, channelling my Mad Men (actually, just Christina Hendricks!) obsession, I think as long as it isn’t too long on me, it would look perfect. Colour, neckline and coverage of the shoulders immediately drew my eye to this. Whereas, although the colour on the Siren one is wow, I think that the slight flare on the skirt detracts from the look I would be ‘trying’ to create. So I was also drawn to the coralia. (Notice a themem here?!). Theia dress looks lovely too and would cover my tummy well.

I can never really find nice enough tops that aren’t formal. But I liked the design on the Elipse hem batwing top – really funky. Did think variety on tops was lacking though.

I thought there was rather too much ‘orange’ overall but I may be saying that simply because as someone who is mixed race - orange and yellow really aren’t my colours! I would like to see more emerald greens and turquoise colours used.

I liked the look of the black pleat front blouse, but unsure how the front would fall on me….the slub box tops (esp. the green one!) look good quality and super comfy.

Absolute favourite: Boyfriend knit cardigan is my idea of heaven. I love cardigans but hate buttons, especially down the front of things – maybe another reason why I never wear shirts?
When I was in my 20’s, I was very top heavy, 34GG and a size 10, so I was never able to do up buttons on cardigans – that combined with a horrendous ^teenage Boob-Gaping-Episode^…which saw me never wear a shirt again. The burgundy one is lovely – I’ve never seen this design with a zip up the front.

Armery looks like a fab idea, but I think the material should be not so tight really since it looks like it might get uncomfortable, especially if you have a bit of ‘top back fat’ – or Armpit Cheeks as my daughter calls them…

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
Definitely seems to cater for a good range of sizes, however, I would like to know about leg options.

Pull on peg trousers don’t look like they’re designed to be full length, but I think that having a standard size on trousers is limiting. Isn’t the average height 5”4? I looked at the high rise jeans too – I’m sure you must have a shorter option? I would love to see more jeans/causal trousers but that aren’t so slim legged/tight fitting, rather more flared, but not boot cut.

Do you know what I love? This is going to sound a bit stupid, but I love some the videos of ‘how to’ accessorize. For example, I’ve never ‘worn’ a scarf, ever. Mainly because I’m not quite sure of ‘how’ to put it on/drape it round my neck. I found this brilliant….I really liked these videos on here and would welcome more of them! A jewellery one? I only ever have 2 pairs of earrings – not sure what goes with what etc…and always wear the same – very boring – jewellery. Also, I have never worn a belt, except on jeans.

I also like the ‘new’ descriptions of women’s bodies. Not only are there 4 types now but they’re more ‘fun’ and nicer sounding than the previous fruits – apple, pear…(they really should have included banana, shouldn’t they?) Although, I think I might be a violin but when I clicked on the products that would suit that shape, no dresses came up – sob, sob.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
Bit more ‘tummy’ coverage perhaps – is there a way to work these into the basic ‘chuck ‘em on’ dress…More leg length options.

I wouldn’t want her to take on a ‘younger’ approach, we are grown ups BUT, I would love to see a couple of pieces that might appeal to certain vintage types or periods of history for example….

My fingers hurt now. But they are staying crossed in the hopes that I win some time with a personal shopper who can tell me how I've been dressing terribly for all these years but not to worry because she will help me and transform me into an object of beauty...........

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
I really like the neoprene mac. I might even buy it.

Do you have more than one?
The Antonio dress also, although I wont be able to wear it very often.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
The dresses. I also liked the Shop your Shape function, although I have my doubts about some of the results recommended for me! I liked the idea of teh Armery.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
The think I like the most are the fitted dresses.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
Clothes that are suitable for office wear that arent trouser suits. Quite plain dresses and skirts that are smart and not frumpy and not obviously following fashion. Classic is probably what I mean.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
I am short, so I would like to see more leg lengths.

LadySybilDeChocolate Thu 10-May-12 13:59:34

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? The fitted clothes are lovely though like this.

Do you have more than one? No.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention? I was drawn to these because I really hate the 80s look with bat wings. They are vile, sorry. Although it's 'modern', I hated it all in the 80s blushand this is vile! There's no shape to it, it looks like a child's painting accident on your t-shirt. This looks as though it would show up every lump and bump. Not flattering at all.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
The collection comes across as a miss match, some very lovely things and some sacks for the woman that wants to hide it all. The shirts would be far better if they had a more tailored fit as these too appear baggy. I like Mary Portas, she's doing a fantastic job trying to boost the high streets.

May I suggest that you use models who are the same age as the target age group? There's huge differences in body shapes between women who are over 35 and those under (childbirth, breast feeding etc).

Sorry to be harsh. blush

AubergineKenobi Thu 10-May-12 14:05:37

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one?

I liked the look of quite a few pieces online but I have visited the Mary Portas section at House of Fraser on Oxford Street and many of the pieces that I had liked when browsing online did not flatter me. The one piece that I liked online and also liked on me was the Lorelec dress - very comfy and flattering. I bought it.

~ Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention? What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

The collection itself, as displayed in HF on Oxford Street, is really attention grabbing as a whole. The Mary Portas area has a really fun vibe and shopping there is an experience. It was by far the most enjoyable shopping experience in House of Fraser.

To be honest I am not into bold prints and online these were a real turn-off for me. But in store they worked. Not only did they look great all displayed together but when seen in real life they are just much nicer that I expected. I am not sure why this is.

~ What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I was mainly looking for dresses and I did note that most of the dresses seemed to be either a very baggy style or a very tightly fitted style. Tight clothes obviously suit supermodels but baggy dresses also only really look good on thin people. I had hoped to find some dresses for work and was looking for some slim, but not tight, well-tailored dresses.

Pinot Thu 10-May-12 14:22:55

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

Is it weird that I focused more on the accessories than the clothes as such? The accessories section was INCREDIBLE. Fave piece was the Chocolate leather studded belt (bought both this one and the black version). Makes me look a dress size slimmer.

Do you have more than one?

Accessories again - the scarves were like Liberty quality.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

The clothes were great but like I say the accessories bit was so detailed and different. I loved the juxtaposition of flimsy feminie scarves next to kick-ass leather belts and slim necklaces next to chunky armwear.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

Th devil is in the detail... unlike alot of "designer" <cough> ranges, these are actually better in RL than the images on the website. So the appeal? QUALITY!

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?

More of the same!

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

Don't travel too far from this brief - it's working. I'd like more handbags possibly and maybe some teen boys range. Their clothes are desperately dull. Teen girls already have choice.

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 15:02:58

How do you wear the scarves without looking middle aged? There are a few women on the school run who wear scarves and they are the type who also wear flax jackets, designer wellies and large pearls.

I like the belts too and I like the colourful bags, but again price is an issue for me. If I see something I really do like then I will make the effort to save up for it, so that dress at £75 is a real temptation but I'd need to try it on and there are no stores near me at present, plus by the time I've saved up for it, it will have probably gone back up or out of stock.

I do need to accessorise more, I don't know how really without looking ridiculous. Either I try to dress too young for my now, frankly depressing age or I just look absurd.

I tried to use a black silky scarf to tie around my waist the other day on a dress and it looked stupid. But around my neck? I've never seen a woman wear a scarf this way (apart from woolly ones in winter obv) and thought she looked nice.

Pinot I have a black studded kick-ass belt and I love it! Big buckles are good. Would like to see more large buckles and perhaps buckled dresses that hide slightly flabby bellies blush

Pinot Thu 10-May-12 15:05:08

PHWOAR to buckled dresses. Hell yeah. Loving that idea.

best scarf video

Pinot Thu 10-May-12 15:08:24

I think re accessories, if you find a few bits in a charity shop (they often have tons of ex-New Look, Primark, Top Shop stuff) and you only have to spend a fiver for a bag full of bits and pieces, you get the chance to try different looks at home and then you'll find what works. As an example, I've just discovered pearls - bought them (a good fake) for £1 and £3.75 respectively from the local hospice shop and I've been wearing them/trying them with all different outfits. Turns out, black skinny jeans, black slouchy sweater and pearls equals quite a cool look. I wouldn't have thought about it unless I'd picked them up for pence and took a punt.

So yeah - cheap from charity shops until you get an idea what works, then grade up to decent quality accessories from Ms Portas etc.

<mwah>

TIDDLYMUM Thu 10-May-12 15:33:59

I have the slinky maxi eve dress from the winter collection - it is a beautiful piece- only had chance to wear it once up to now! I love the dresses like the no brainer and the aurora. I would struggle with the separates though- not really seen anything I like.

ouryve Thu 10-May-12 15:46:34

I had a look at the website - when I could find the appropriate link on the rather busy front page. I scanned through for clothes that I felt would flatter my rather dumpy, narrow shouldered waist-less figure and appeal to the fact that I do like to dress for comfort and practicality and really struggled. These simply aren't my kind of clothes. The boyfriend cardigans weren't bad, but they weren't that special, either and I'd probably look like an unmade bed in them.

Given the price point that Mary is pitching at, I would like to see a lot less shiny, sweaty polyester and a lot more in the way of natural and naturally fibres, which are sadly lacking in all but the jeans and the boyfriend cardis (which were still 50% acrylic). How about some real luxury soft wool, drapey silk or crisp linen or more genuinely comfortable cotton? (this woman of a certain age can't sing the praises of good old cotton enough, given her tendency to hot flushes) A lot of the stuff is dry clean only, anyhow, so it's not as if using natural fibres will have any more impact on the environment or be any harder for busy women to care for. (And yes, i know that viscose is plant sourced, but it doesn't shout quality to me, unless it's a specific type of viscose such as that derived from soya or bamboo).

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 16:01:07

Cheers Pinot - that turtleneck way of wearing a scarf makes her look like a car crash victim though! I do have a purple skull scarf that I might experiment with.

Might take a trip to some charidee shops and have a looky. Pearls though? Pearls? Nope. I should imagine a bright red or white belt with black skinnys and a black jumper would look good though?

Pinot Thu 10-May-12 16:08:48

YY pearls. Surprisingly nice. Not old lady layered over a twin-set styleee. There was a thread on style and beauty about them too. They 'lift' your skintone or summat - anyway, v nice.

arf at pearls in italics! grin

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 16:10:18

I'd need a photo Pinot to convince me.

modernbear Thu 10-May-12 16:10:30

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? I would love the leather biker jacket in tan. A great piece to have in a wardrobe (especially mine - however cannot justify the expense) to wear with jeans/trousers. I wonder how it would look with something a bit different - a flowery dress or skirt? Would have liked to have seen it in a variety of different looks/images on the website.

Do you have more than one? Yes, I was drawn to the thrown on placket front shirts (comfort), the wide leg zip front trousers (A good option for someone with sturdy thighs like myself. However, I agree with other people, a variety of leg lengths would be good.) and I liked the pleat front dress in orange (loved the bold and cheerful colours. A fun item of clothing. Excellent that it is machine washable.). I also liked the tight range in terms of overall design and colours. (I think more sizes might be needed in this area. Only a S/M and M/L does not seem enough. Interesting that it is Mary Portas and Charnos.)

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
The Auora dress in cobalt. Everything about it grapped my attention. Rather a statement piece. Its bright bold colour is without doubt uplifting. It celebrates curves which is great from my point of view.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? That it is bold and cheerful without going to extremes. It says that 'I am here and I like who I am'.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
The banner above collection intimates that this is a Spring collection, so presumably the next one to be released will be for the Summer. Taking this into account, whilst I would not like it to be a radically different collection, it needs to be catering for warmer weather (Wishful thinking I know, but it could happen.). More machine washable dresses which are bright,cheerful and colourful but also short sleeved in an appropriate fabric. I would like to see more skirts with the above in mind. ( I was skeptical about the ones in this collection. The silver leather skirt would not be really practically for someone with a toddler and I am not too sure that I am young enough too carry it off. Perhaps this a confidence thing? On the other hand the only other skirts I could see was the cut pencil skirt and snake panel skirt in black. The former would be great for work. However I would expect more variety within the collection in terms of design (pencil/flared etc.) and colour.)

stressheaderic Thu 10-May-12 16:21:35

Oh Mary Mary, sorry to sound so contrary.... I really wanted to like your Collection, I like you, <sounds like Simon Cowell> and I like your ideas for the high street... but, and it pains me to say this, some of your Collection reminded me of the worst of Wallis. Only twice or three times the price. Sorry <feels terrible>
Disclaimer: I am 32, so prob not your target market. Anti-disclaimer: I'm too old for Topshop and its ilk, and looking to spend some post-maternity-working-again wodge on some key pieces.

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
*Ok - I LOVE the dress coat. I would find £75 for this (but NOT £150) as I think it covers all bases of smart, casual, work, going out, and thanks to Ms Middleton, seems to be having a moment, so well done there.
I like the biker jacket, looks very buttery, and I like the black blazer. So the jackets do it for me. I think it's the tailoring. I'm tallish and thin but not a supermodel, just sort of scrawny, so these clothes would flatter me, not hang off me. All high street coats seem to swamp me, so this could be a winner.*

Oh, and the Armery. Fantastic idea. Never seen it done before. Absolutely wonderful. A lot of the scarves are vair lovely too.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

*Collectively, the Collection doesn't really have a Signature look. It's a mix of plains and prints, floaty and fitted, but not enough detail to make it yours. In contrast, I scrolled down to the Whistles stuff at the bottom and instantly saw 4 or 5 things I liked.
To make it work for me, you need to stick to one sort of shape (perhaps tailored, you're good at that), less viscose and more cotton (and less dry-clean only).
At this high end, with high-end prices, you need a catwalk feature on the website so people can see the clothes being worked.*

And yes, the 'naughty corner' styling on the website was a big, big mistake (but probably not your idea so I still fancy like you).

lumbago Thu 10-May-12 16:24:25

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
I like all the neon in it tbh - was already looking at a pair of neon heels in zara that I could wear with cigarette cut pants and a biker jacket. ALso like the blossom chinesey top - have recently bought similar - doh! I never thought of looking in Hof.
Agree that workwear needs addressing - for those of use who are say teachers and have restrictions on what we can wear and also need to be relatively comfortable to do our job well.
I wouldnt buy ANY of the trousers. I have slim legs and they would make me look like a ship in full sail. That is disappointing*
like the jewellery but some is a bit toO quirky for me - I cant have an interview with a parent wearing a comedy parrot brooch! No matter how fun it is!

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I bought last seasons black suede ankle boots and they regularly get rave reviews from my teenagers. They were a good buy - would like similar next year. I like this seaons flat Jesus style sandals. Would like heel heights to go UP a bit on the court shoes please

gilliancd Thu 10-May-12 16:30:26

I liked what I saw, it was very much the style I would expect from Mary Portas. I really loved the pleat front dress. I also liked the fact the shoes were Mary and Clarkes, I'm a bit fussy over shoes so I like to know they will fit well and be up to chasing after kiddies.
I've not been to look at the collection in store (2 kids+ bus into town is bit of a no-no), but I have to admit I was a bit confused by the webpage. I think maybe if was a bit more of a separate page, like a little boutique corner I would have found myself looking at more areas.

Pinot Thu 10-May-12 16:42:43
slug Thu 10-May-12 16:49:38

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
To be honest I thought most of it was hideous. The Aurora dress looked OK, but I suspect that's because I have a weakness for cobalt blue dresses. The dress coat looked OK, if a little short and 100% polyester which takes it off my "look at closer" list immediately. As one of the target market I was disappointed that the collection seems not to cater for middle aged women whose bodies have taken a beating from childbirth. I can't see how I could cram my norks into any of the pieces. I was also disappointed at the polyestertastic look of it. For those prices I would expect a lot more cotton, wool and a bit of silk than polyester and acetate.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
Nothing really. The shoes in particular made me angry. I don't understand the designer's obsession with putting women in heels when they simply aren't practical for everyday life. (and yes, that includes working full time at a fairly senior level) Nor do I understand the obsession of using seriously underweight models to model a collection aimed at an age group who typically have developed beyond the straight up and down body type. I simply couldn't look at the collection online and mentally put myself into any of the clothes.

And, as mentioned by many people, the website is poorly designed and difficult to navigate. I thought I'd discovered something I like in the clothing only to discover it was Whistles. <<makes a mental note to go and check out that item in the shop>>

TheRhubarb Thu 10-May-12 16:50:19

Hmm nope, still not convinced sorry. I think younger girls can get away with it but any older than 30 and it just looks, well, grannyish. I dunno, just not for me I suppose.

The smaller pearls are better but I guess I'm just never going to like pearls, not even real ones.

TheSecondComing Thu 10-May-12 16:52:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pinot Thu 10-May-12 16:53:48

<ignores Rhubs>

<is v young and stylish>

<and deluded>

grin

Atreegrowsinbrooklyn Thu 10-May-12 17:01:44

The prints are dreadful- the Poseidon dress looks like something Bet Lynch would wear.

Elipse batwing top- just what menopausal/post menopausal women want (not) to wear with its flappy material version of 'bingo wings', hideous print and dated shape. Cheap, cheap, cheap looking. Re name it the Bingo dress.

'No Brainer' crepe dress- Is that describing the target audience because you'd require surgical removal of the brain or at least the parts involved with aesthetic appreciation, in order to consider this dress desirable? This dress is the kind of clothing overweight women buy, not because they like it, but because it is either the only thing in their size, or it covers it all up. Would a slender woman choose this dress?

The Dolman sleeve top has sleeves mimicking the effect of either dramatic weight loss's resultant lack of tone in the arm skin or a starving elephant limbs.

The hideousness of waterfall cardigans has been taken to new levels in the cupro skirt with waterfall edging. Just what we want-fussy, cheap and dated office clothing with probably cheap hemming on show.

The prints (pleat front dress, Hyper real dress) are respectively, poorly done versions of Erdem, Peter Pilotto and the Dries Van Notens printed T shirt dresses of a couple of years ago. Imitation is not a form or flattery here at all.

The 'Snake Panel' dress- Yet another unimaginative and cheap knock off of both Victoria Beckham and L'Wren Scott's 'headmistress' dresses. This style loses style when it is done cheaply (but costs too much).

Is this range trying to offer staples and basics and directional fashion? Boyfriend shirts have been done, done, done, and the prints are so dated. Who in god's name decided to do yet more animal print clothing? It only looks good in very good natural fabrics, not these cheap viscose-y sheeny materials. And more animal print scarves-How many more seasons are you planning to knock off Vuitton? Produce a leopard print bustier top and you can tick Dolce & Gabbana off of your list too.

OH...a less dated 'update'... a knocked off copy of Miu Miu's bird print on a scarf too. Stella McCartney's prints have been 'borrowed' for your ring bikini' also. I have yet to find a cat print VB)-I'm sure you are watching BC1's animal show to gain inspiration for your next seasonal skin show....As long as somebody else has done it first and preferably two seasons ago at least.

Do you not have an original idea of your own? Inspiration is one thing, but knock offs are another.

I see your designer 'tributes' in your bags too- A Loewe 'inspired' (Flamenco bag) collaboration with Radley, you've aped the lovely Ally Capellino leather tote and added a Jil Sander colour band to it too. If copies are wanted, then go to Zara for your leather tote-it's better.

The Cupro skirt- The hideousness of the waterfall cardigan has been taken to new levels here in this waterfall fronted monstrosity.

I know that most high St stores rip off or use the runways as inspiration but after Mary Portas's loud proclamations regarding the need for a new, fresh, different range of clothing for older women, what happened?

Portas has been very loudly criticising what is already out there yet has offered nothing different and in many ways so much worse. These fabrics are cheap and nasty.The designs are clunky, the colours are peculiar and dated.

Rather unpleasant to criticise other stores in print and on TV potentially harming their business in a recession only to put out such spectacularly awful and uninspired clothing. Oh...and patronising the target age group also.

stressheaderic Thu 10-May-12 17:07:39

Don't hold back, atreegrows ...

<imagines Mary sobbing and blowing nose on pair of quintessentially British overpriced knickers>

Atreegrowsinbrooklyn Thu 10-May-12 17:10:14

Stressheaderic

grin....My tone is a 'tribute' to the MP style of critique. She's a big girl. She can take it.

Anything I half-liked in this collection I already own a better version of for half the price.

Sorry, didn't do it for me.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

ok, so the first thing is that when i clicked on 'clothing' my heart sank as the first three rows were just awful baggy things, as if the expectation is that all older women are fat with bingo wings. The next row looked like rejects from Posh Spices latest collection.

finally I found the silver leather pencil skirt, and the boxy silk tshirt dress, which I will definitely be going to look at.

i loved the jewellery, but realised that my favourite pieces were by tatty devine and the portas pieces were a bit unexciting.

this is a range i would look at online first to decide what to try to find instore

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

i would like to keep the sleeves and lose the awful armery which i am sure i saw on dragons den and just looks like it would ruckle up

lumbago Thu 10-May-12 17:27:56

Agree there's no cohesion to it.
Knitwear looks like Grattan.

lumbago Thu 10-May-12 17:31:52

Oh and the prints !
No no and thrice no.
If women are buying rekativeky expensive things I reckon plain.

CuppaTeaJanice Thu 10-May-12 17:51:03

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

A few things caught my eye. The oversize shimmer tee looked beautiful from the front, with a strong silhouette, interesting fabric and a genius idea to borrow the concept of a gentleman's shirt tail to give good bum coverage! It doesn't look so flattering from the back though - too big and boxy, with an almost hunchbacked appearance. Perhaps if you could find a way to have it more fitted at the back, perhaps with a feature element - corset lacing, decorative piping, a panel in a contrasting fabric, just something to give it an edge. I'm a big fan of garments with decorative backs - they are so often overlooked by designers and can make such a big impact if done right.
The Parakeet necklace is so effective. I expect it looks stunning with just a simple vest top and jeans. The emerald colour is amazing too.
The Armery product is a great idea. My little daughter has similar things in brightly coloured stripy knitwear - I think they are popular in Japan. It's nice to see the idea adapted for a different age group and style.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I think the edgy sophistication is the most appealing thing about the collection. Women don't lose their sense of style once they exit the Top Shop demographic, so it's good to see a designer embracing maturity without losing the zest of youth.
I'd like to see better proportioning in the trouser range. Perhaps it's the photography, but many of the garments put me in mind of the Gestapo trousers from 'Allo Allo'. The skinniness of the calf section gives the appearance of an elephantine backside, although I shouldn't imagine the model is much bigger than a size 10.
As I said before, a focus on the backs of the garments would add an interesting twist. River Island did a magnificent range of skirts with all manner of exciting things on the back - corset lacing, interchangeable ribbons, tailoring, fishtails, bustles, subtle rhinestuds (think glamorous Victorian rather than Elvis). The collection must have been 7 or 8 years ago - actually it was the year that Kemal was in Big Brother blush which I only know because he was shopping in there when I bought them and all the staff were fawning all over him. That's just in case you have access to the River Island archives and wanted to look them up, btw. I still wear them lots now.

lumbago Thu 10-May-12 18:03:30

I don't want rhinestones and lacing

MustControlFistOfDeath Thu 10-May-12 18:24:32

DONE xx

<runs and hides from Lumbago>

<will come back later when I've had chance to look at the collection>

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

The leather biker jacket- beautiful soft leather, I could wear it with anything and dress it up or down and it's not too 'edgy' and I could get away with it at work. However, the fit was odd- no room for my boobs and I am only a c cup, but a bigger size was too big. This seemed to be the case with a lot of things- they seem to only suit a relatively small boobed figure. Drapey, high necked tops and tent like dresses are just a disaster if you have boobs, they hang all wrong! This seems odd for a collection for 'grown up' women, not teenagers.

Do you have more than one?

I also love the belts- lovely chunky buckles and they are beautiful quality.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

Honestly no- I have an hourglass figure and am a size 8 I can usually wear anything. There was nothing that didn't look ridiculous on me.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

The patterns and colours, and it's beautifully presented in store.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I think the collection needs to be more cohesive- there are too many different styles, aiming at too many body types. More tailored pieces in plainer colours or patterns- at this price anything I bought would be an investment piece so faddy fashions like 80s batwing sleeves, and crazy patterns put me off as they date quickly.

devilsadvocaat Thu 10-May-12 18:42:54

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

La Jane cream patent shoes. They look classy and comfortable and very wearable. I like a little fox badge that I saw, can't remember the name.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I didn't really see much in the clothing section that was to my taste. It seemed to be aimed at a slightly older crowd. I would prefer a whole different collection. I would love to see some more dresses that aren't too short, casual but can be worn for work. The most appealing things were the accessories. I like the broaches, rings and scarves. I also like some of the bags, would love to see some bowling style bags and small satchels to wear across the body.

everythingtodo Thu 10-May-12 19:59:54

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The Aurora dress - fab colour and a beautiful shape. I could wear it to work or dress it up for something more formal. Good price and very nice quality.

Do you have more than one?
Yes, the High Rise Jeans, in denim, look great. Not tried them on, but they look a nice forgiving shape - high and not too skinny.
The leather pencil skirts looks like something you could have in your wardrobe and return to for years to come. Also love the Blue and Green Leopard scarf - you can never have too many scarves, it's a great price for something quite unique.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
The High Rise Jeans - is it not every woman's quest to find the perfect pair? I am yet to find mine!

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention? The colour and the style. At my age (36) and am looking for quality and stylish clothing that will flatter a post baby body.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
The good range of basics that is covered: jeans, trousers, tops - I like that there are a few options that are similar but differ in colour or other details, so if you find something that works for you you can go with it.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
More shirts and blouses. Personally I find that jersey type tops and oversize tops aren't good on my figure. A good shirt is fab - smartens up a pair of jeans and is easy to wear.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
Mmn, I do find that some of the pieces come across and being for an older audience, particularly the drape jackets and crepe jackets. As a stay at home (but hopefully still stylish!) mum I would love to see a bit more smart day wear. Day dresses and cropped trousers and more fitted tops would be stuff I would buy.

Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions?
I would like to see more classic pieces and less pattern in the collections.
If so, what would those additions be?
I think Mary knows what makes us look good and so some more classic investment type pieces would be great. The leather pencil skirt is a great example of what I mean. Lovely quality knitwear is always a winner with me too.

RandomMess Thu 10-May-12 20:17:00

Well I looked but being 5'0.5" there is nothing I would bother to try on because I know it's not going to fit/suit/flatter me sad

zhuzhik Thu 10-May-12 20:19:10

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

I bought last winter two of the silk boldly patterned dresses - one green leopard and the other a bright turquoise. So for summer I was again drawn to the loud patterned dresses - especially the Poseiden and the Hyperreal Volcano dresses.

I also loved the La amelie and La peep court shoes in flourescent yellow. I know the colour is literally everywhere at the moment - but the styling looked nice (at least what I could tell online).

Do you have more than one?

See above...those two dresses in particular seemed like worthwhile investments. I also liked the Marble No Brainer dress on sale too.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

For me it was the bold patterns. I invested in the two dresses last winter b/c I felt like they were limited edition "statement" dresses and look better when I have to go somewhere than a "mum" dress that anyone can buy at Monsoon. Having said that, the dresses are pricey so you have to be convinced that you will use them. The clothes are investment pieces rather than one season high street purchases.

I love the bright colours and the patterns. I feel like T-shirts and leggings I could buy anywhere. Not ready to invest that much in basics, but I will pay up for a special dress with a good cut. I was concerned that the summer dresses did not come with belts - otherwise those of us with large shoulders and upper backs / boobs etc can look quite frumpy! Would be helpful to have belt options for those of us who need to show off a waistline in order not to look bigger than we are.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

Bright colours, bold patterns, and the flo yellow. I love that you can make loud statements with the clothes if you choose to.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

When I tried on trousers in the winter in store at House of Fraser Oxford St, they were really high waisted, and I felt too young (I'm 36 so not really young at all by high street standards) to wear the cut. I would love more low rise really well fitting black trousers or all-season trousers. I know where to buy good jeans, I still don't know where to find good trousers, but the high waist does not suit me.

More statement dresses (with belts please) that can be cut flattering - roomy but not baggy? Perhaps some cool blouses peasant style or sequins etc - I find some of the blouses are cut quite square and not flattering if you have a large chest / upper back and want to be slimmed on top. Funky blouses that would have 3/4 sleeves (for those of us who do not want to show upper arms) that could look coold with jeans and wedges for evening out?

For summer - I love the scarves, wasn't blown away by the bags (hard to sell handbags so much choice out there). Stick to core competency and offer great investment pieces - blouses, dresses, perhaps more nice lightweight summer jackets (not blazers but more layering choices?). Awesome trousers would be good but so hard b/c so many different body shapes to appeal to - I would like more low waisted boot cut options. But that's just me smile

Oh - and I love the idea of Armoury but have not bought any yet. I am the person who owns 20 cardigans b/c always need to cover up upper arms...

latrucha Thu 10-May-12 20:34:17

I'm sorry. I really didn't like any of it at all. Everything looked too boxy, with unflattering necklines for the large-breasted lady and with trousers fashion has been telling me I should wear for several years but look dreadful on me.

Some of the shoes and bags were nice.

missorinoco Thu 10-May-12 20:40:46

I liked the "no brainer" dress and the wide leg zipped trousers, although I would never buy the latter in white. Too many small mucky children in my lif; I suggest you add another colour in the line, preferably dark! I also liked the chocolate belt waist stud.

But out of 200 items that was it. I disliked the prints, colour and style of most of the rest. I think either it's just not my look, or I have not recognised my inner frump.

I thought the items looked as if they were a good quality. I would like to see less prints, and more classical items.

I really liked the fact hat if I scrolled over the item, most of them showed the clothing being worn by a model. It gave me a much better idea of how it would look, especially helpful for the baggy tops. Although again I maybe need to embrace my inner frump or sack her, as it didn't improve my liking for any item other than the wide legged trousers.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 10-May-12 20:41:53

I feel a heel saying this - Mary was great in the web chat - but I agree with what Katie Scarlet said - I already own the one thing I would wear (Aurora dress) and it cost £30 from Dotty P's.

I think it will appeal to people who like to pay over-the-odds for garish, shapeless, baggy clothes.

The first thing that struck me was that, as usual, the hourglass figure is not catered for - not everyone needs or wants camouflage! I know drapey can be flattering if cut in the right way but this was more of a Demi Roussos fest.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
Aurora dress but see Dotty P's.

Do you have more than one?
Also liked the ponte jacket but I don't wear black and again it's overpriced - isn't ponte polyester? Digging around, I did like some of the tights and the scarves, especially the chatty bird scarf.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
No.

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
See above.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
There's a good variety in each category, so if it suits your style you could mix and match a lot of it.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
More fitted things, less of the baggy. Also no less polyester.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
Don't think I need to see Mary's take on any style, tbh - she looks great and has her own style spot on, but that doesn't mean she can translate it into something that would suit me.

Abzs Thu 10-May-12 20:43:47

We have a HoF 'concept store' in Aberdeen. So I've had to look at the collection online.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

The only item I'd consider is the Cupro Wrap Skirt. But not at full price, and probably not at half price either.

I was intrigued by the Neoprene Mac, but mainly because I couldn't believe it was actually made of neoprene (it isn't, so why is it called that?). I like the look of it, but fear it would swamp me.

I'm quite short. The skirt lengths look nice on the 5'9" model, but would be awful on me. There nothing that interests me enough that I'm going to go to Glasgow to check.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I'd want considerably fewer baggy tops and skinny trousers. There isn't much that I'd want to pay that sort of money for. Obviously viewing online doesn't show off the materials and construction quality, but with so few stores stocking it how else are we to see it?

The tailored pieces look more appealing than the casual pieces.

Oh dear - I don't like any of it. The colours are garish, the dresses are horribly shapeless and a lot of it looks cheap but isn't. That's me with no chance of winning the prize then! smile

fivegomadindorset Thu 10-May-12 20:57:16

Too expensive, not practical enough for work and not in my size.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Thu 10-May-12 20:58:33

Oh, forgot to say - do I win then?

coffeewhitenosugar Thu 10-May-12 21:26:58

This collection is sadly not really me - although I love the handbags and the slub jersey t shirt is nice. I don't feel the collection suits my shape at all which is sort of butternut squash shape grin and would feel way too ordinary to look good in any of the items - to appeal to me it would need to flatter not emphasise my shape, I think I would look like a tent in the looser garments and like michelin man in the fitted ones and would like to see more everday type pieces, I liked the plain fabric but would like a bit more funky-type or pretty fabric. Love the handbags though and would happily spend some of the voucher on 1 or 2 if I win!!wink

ChooChooLaverne Thu 10-May-12 21:33:30

Right, I've looked at the online collection, which is a little confusing to find your way round at times - I know we're not critiquing the website but still.

My favourite things are some of the patterned shift type dresses - I'm a bit of a twig shape (with belly) so I know that this style hides the worst of the flab and looks ok on my shape. If I was more curvy with big boobs, I don't suppose it would. So, I guess the collection suits some shapes better than others. And I like a pattern.

I like the fitted skirts too.

I like the accessories generally. Scarves and shoes look lovely.

Am intrigued by the No-brainer dress - looks a bit sacklike in the picture but the woman in the video looked OK. I'd like to try it on but I suspect it would look like a sack on me.

I'm not convinced by the armery business - think the examples shown in the video would look better with a long sleeved t-shirt underneath. And I think they look silly on top of a vest top.

My least favourite things were ALL the trousers. They look hideous, sorry. Can't imagine who peg legs would suit.

I didn't notice the fabrics but one of the fitted dresses modelled by the very slim model in the Flatter your figure with dresses video shows up all her lumps and bumps so God knows what it would look like on the rest of us.

I think the most appealing thing about the collection is Mary herself. If you didn't know it was designed by her then I think people would be even more shocked at the prices.

In Mary's next collection I would like more fitted stuff, some more flattering trousers and for it to be just a bit cooler.

keepmoving Thu 10-May-12 22:02:39

I have bought a Whistles jacket from Mary Portas in HOF Oxford Street and have to say, experienced some of the best customer service I have received in a "chain" in a long time.

I went back a few weeks later to buy blouse/blouses and tried a few on including a bright orange tee. The colour didn't suit me (would have prefered a burnt orange shade) and I was disappointed to find the tops were polyster, I would have expected silk. Again, a great shape and pattern but polyester for £120 (reduced to £84) http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Mary+Portas+Geo+print+blouse/163552677,default,pd.html.

Dresses are good shapes and not too short (rareity these days!) and would consider buying from Mary Portas when I need new work dresses.

I like the mix of own brand and branded products (eg Whistles, Hoss Utopia) etc in store.

Once again, great service!!!

avelte Thu 10-May-12 23:02:45

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

the collection has the unique appeal not to everyone maybe but it will be loved by others,my favorite is Throw On Placket Front Shirt,
Do you have more than one?
yes,The White Shirt
Product code: D290965
Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
the fresh and light colours

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
like the style and simple pattern

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
quality and the simplicity
What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
anything ,its welcome
Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
i can find myself in many of the clothes,looks like my style but willing to try new things all time
Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions?
simple short video how to combine clothes and accessories

If so, what would those additions be?
n/a

stephgr Thu 10-May-12 23:49:52

Unfortunately I don't have a favourite and despite going to the Oxford Street store with money to spend I struggled in vain to find something that looked good and fitted me. It's so disappointing because I'm a huge fan of Mary and have great admiration for her. I'd really like more unique and stylish fitted items as many of the garments seemed a bit frumpy. I'd also love to see a range for petites. I'm only 5ft 2 and fairly skinny so finding anything to fit is a real trial.

Aurora dress because it is about the only one I would wear. I prefer the black. I have a funeral to go to and it looks appropriate (this is probably NOT what HoF want to hear).

The collection is very colourful and there is a lot of variety, BUT it's not really my sort of thing. It all appears to be for skinny middle aged women and I'm not that.

MustControlFistOfDeath Fri 11-May-12 12:29:58

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The capri trouser. Caught my eye straight away, definitely my colour, and many items in my wardrobe would co-ordinate with them.

Do you have more than one?
The dress coat. That looks like something I would get a LOT of wear out of. Stylish and practical. Also really liked the look of the boyfriend knit cardigan, although I am ahem ample of middleage and fear it would not look as I would like it to (ie as per the model grin )

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
I did an initial quick scroll down of all the items, to see if anything screamed 'wow' at me...the initial items that caught my eye were the leather jacket and the capri trouser. When I went back for a proper look, I fell a little bit in love with the dress coat.

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
The style and cut of the jacket appealed, and the colour of the capri trouser.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
Seems to cater for a good range of sizes and styles.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
Less of the hideous patterns. Colour - yes please; garish - no thanks.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
No need, you can't please everyone, there will always be items in any collection that some people love but others hate.

Does "no brainer" translate to "so baggy it will hide all your lumps and who gives a shit if you look like you're wearing a tent"?

The collection seems to veer between extremely tarty, bordering on S&m, through to cheap and nasty and a few fitted dresses in between.

The "armery" looks like the model is wearing a pair of leggings over her shoulders.

Palazzo pants - here's a clue, they look awful on a model who is paid to make clothes look good. Nuff said.

The only thing in the entire collection that I thought I might buy is the high waisted skinny jeans, but they are quite expensive compared to other High Street brands so probably wouldn't buy them.

I really, really, really really really wanted to like some of the "Made in Britain" items. I'd love to support clothing made in the UK, but I hated all of it.

I dont' know what target customers would find appealing about the collection - maybe it looks better in real life (nearest HoF doesn't stock it). I can imagine who the target customer is because I know one or two ladies who wear clothes like this, but that is a tiny percentage of the women I know, so I can see why the items have been reduced already.

Sorry, would love to have something positive to say about the collection but I can't really think of anything.

BoffinMum Fri 11-May-12 13:11:16

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

I don't think I have a favourite. I thought the clothes were a bit old for me. I liked the idea of an armoury collection though, to cover bingo wings, although I imagine most people would just wear 3/4 sleeves in real life.

Do you have more than one?

No

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

The patterns, although they looked rather frumpy to my eye (sorry Mary). The cut of the clothes in some cases looked rather droopy as well, but perhaps they look better on.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

I liked the way the website has woven in fashion tips and advice.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

For me there would have to be a lot more exquisite tailored clothes in Italian wool and things like that, as the current collection would not suit me at all. I also like sexy but classic silk shirts and witty little cashmere things.

Elegant comfy shoes is always a good bet - I noticed people were making positive comments about Mary's court shoes, and this might tempt me in.

HannahLI Fri 11-May-12 13:26:38

My favourite piece in the collection is the Blouse twisted print shell as I thought it was so pretty and flattering and I was immediately drawn to it on seeing it. I am currently breast feeding so I have been looking for nice tops that are flattering and pretty that will make me feel like that too. At the moment I am wearing older clothes in my wardrobe and they are nearly all plain and drab so colour is good! The collection seems really balanced that it's pretty but also practical for everyday living hitting for me the balance between smart and casual - for example I love skirts but as a mum crawling after a toddler and looking after a new baby it has to be trousers! To add there as several items that I liked.

One of the most appealing things to me was the searching function allowing you to pick your shape and pull up clothes that will suit, for me I could see myself using this to be able to search quickly without getting frustrated at everything that wouldn't work for me.

In future collections I would love more colour, and I personally would love more clothes that look pretty and feminine but I can wear to walk 2 miles, chase a small person in but that still have that style element to them. As for additions I like v necks and interesting necklines over the round neckline that seems to feature so often at the moment so that would be nice. Also maybe a coat that is brighter (obviously realise this is the summer collection currently) ready for autumn. I feel that when I shop generally on the high street a lot of the fashion is aimed at younger audiences and as I age I don't want to look at 30 like I am trying to dress like a teenager!

I looked at the collection online and if I wasn't aware of who Mary is and very admiring of her own personal style, I probably would have skipped past it as some of the pieces seemed a bit shiny and loud. However as Mary herslef looks good and I'm not much of a stylist, I looked again with more open eyes and tried to see myself in them. I'm 36 but like to think of myself as younger, generally a bit of a jeans and converse scruff - but I would like to smarten up and after 2 babies, need some guidance on how to do this and I think the drapey cuts of most of the tops with some sharp trousers would do this. The shirts overall didn't really appeal. Anyway to answer the questions:

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

Really like the No Brainer Crepe Dress and also the Anemone Dress - liked the dresses very much over all although the patterned ones were a bit garish - reminded me of Wallis! Also LOVED the La Antoinette Ankle Boots - sharp and chic. Also loving the Ponte Crop Jacket.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I generally liked the dresses - the palette and the cut seem very flattering and not too young or try hard yet still retain a sense of "fashion". But with 2 young children, the price point for me is steep so I would be browsign the sale rail - there is no way I could ever pay £80 for a swimsuit. The tops didn't appeal, the patterns were a bit frumpy I thought but then I personally tire of a pattern and prefer plain clothes. My Mum is 60, I would LOVE to see her in some of the dresses. The sharp tailoring is great - this is because Mary makes it look so good and it does smarten up an outfit.

I have seen Mary's collection both in store and online and I love the pop up shop at Westfield and the way the collection is displayed with accessories woven throughout. Great for accessing a complete look, and the Tatty Devine jewellery adds a quirky and youthful edge to some more classic designs.

My favourite piece is definitely the Coralia dress. Very flattering shape, with the contrasting band emphasising the narrowest part of the silhouette. The fact this band does not run all the way around would, I imagine, create the optical illusion of a narrower waist - a clever feature. I like both colour ways, though the grey/neon combo edges it for me. I also really like the Ray dress, which I think would look super on a more boyish figure than my hourglass.

What I like most about the collection is the fact that while it is obviously trend-led to an extent, the needs of the wearer have been kept in mind, so hemlines are a reasonable length, the cuts are superior (even that of a simple t-shirt or vest) and the shapes stylish but simple. My main bugbear with the collection is the over reliance on manmade fibres, which I found off-putting. I prefer to buy 100% natural fibres where possible and a high percentage where it is not. My favourite dress from the collection is 100% viscose, which is why I would not buy it. Also, some of the patterns look a little like something that might grow in a petri dish - I prefer the clean simple shapes and bold colours. I would like to see more scarves (Mary has excellent taste in scarves), and while I love some of the tops (the neon oversized tee, for example) they really should be made in silk. 100% polyester at £80 is a bit cheeky IMO. The price point of Mary's collection puts her in the Whistles, Reiss, LKB bracket, so really I'd expect quality fabric to match the design. The overall look of the collection is slick and luxe, the materials need to measure up. I would be interested to see some outwear come A/W (wool coats though please!)

Cartoonjane Fri 11-May-12 14:36:29

1. My favourite piece is the pleat front dress, also the marble no brainer dress. I like the colours and patterns, especially the orange.
2. The most appealing thing to me is the number of dresses. I love wearing dresses as they are easy, especially when in a rush in the morning. I feel generally that the collection is a bit old for me and I'm 44. The shoes especially look quite frumpy. I would like the dresses to be on the knee or just above. The one I mentioned above, the pleat front dress, is way above the kneee so not really suitable for me. When I wnet into H of F to look at the collection, my overall feeling was of disappointment. I like Mary and wanted to love her collection but I just didn't, mainly because it seemed a bit frumpy to me.

Snapespeare Fri 11-May-12 15:30:06

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
Siren dress. simple and classic. I dont like lots of clashy prints, so this appeals. good price as well, but only on sale.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
I think it does appeal to 'women of a certain age', a bit like a high end marks and spencers (!) I think the collection as a whole works really well and can be complimented with high street buys. stuffed if I am paying £75 for a pair of leggings though!

Lilyloo Fri 11-May-12 15:34:08

My favourite items were the scarfs, especially the feather one. I also liked the dog print cushions but they are expensive.
I wasn't really keen on much in the clothing range other people than the pleat front blouses.
It all seems very 'safe' and a little frumpy. I did like the bright orange in her collection and think more colour would be nice. I also would like a larger handbag / jewellery range.
There. Seems a lot of slouchy, tunic type dresses / tops maybe something more fitted would be nice.

thisthreadwilloutme Fri 11-May-12 16:09:35

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

I love the leather biker jacket, it has great detailing and looks like a designer piece. It would look great for any situation slung on with a pair of skinnies or over a dress for dinner out. I also love the white shirt, the shell blouses, high wasted jeans and scarves. That would be my go to everyday uniform.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I think the collection offers lots of great pieces not available on the high street. I love the fact you could get a great capsule wardrobe just from the Mary Portas collection. I would love to see her add another leather jacket in a couple of colours. More of the same please!

Thetokengirl Fri 11-May-12 17:03:33

I don't live near a House of Fraser that has the Mary Portas collection, so I have looked on line. However, as I work full time and have three young children, this is a true reflection of how I shop. I have never bought any of this collection before as what I have seen on TV seems to be geared towards tall, skinny women. I am 5'2" and a curvy size 12/14.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

After scrollling through quite a lot of shapeless dresses that would make me look huge, I saw the Siren dress in deep red and absolutely loved it. I often wear dresses for work where I have to look smart but functional and this is just the sort of dress I would go for. I was drawn by both the shape and the lovely colour. I tend to wear lots of black and navy and it was nice to see something with lovely depth of colour that would not be too gaudy for work. I also really liked the Corelia dress in the pink/orange (although I might not be brave enough to wear it). Lastly, I loved the twisted detail swim costume as I thought it would be forgiving of my tummy post 3 children but still look flattering and make the most of my curvy figure.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

The most appealing thing for me was when Mary has combined structure and colour as this is often lacking in the clothes (especially the dresses) that I seek.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

In her next collection, I would like to see more of the structured/colour combinations and less of the shapeless dresses/shirts. I think her use of colour is excellent and would like to see that maximised. I didn't see any trousers that I thought were the correct shape for me, so I would like to see her design trousers with the shorter woman in mind. That, to me, was the biggest hole in the collection.

First impressions: the site is TERRIBLE on a mobile device, but I guess that's not Portas' fault.

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I was drawn to the “armery” out of curiosity, but it was immediately obvious what these products were: lightweight sleeves for people who are self conscious about their arms. A nice idea but not for me, I don't mind sleeveless things.

I liked the Siren dress, because of its nod to body-con, Herve Leger and Roland Mouret. I liked the red colour and how it looked on the model.
However, I don't feel this collection is for me. A lot of it looks like it would swamp me, with bold prints and swathes of fabric, and it also appears to be designed for a woman about 10 years my senior.

I am very short and a size 6 and I have endless trouble finding stuff that fits properly. The Siren dress would come down past my knees and its nice tailored effect would hang and bag on me as my hips and waist are not where it's expecting them to be.

The “no brainer” dress looks like a sack, but would probably look great on a tall woman. Not me, I'd look like I'd gone out in one of my husband's t shirts.

I am not a huge fan of the watercolour floral prints either.

I think the Collection is for someone in her 40s or 50s, so I'm out in that respect too. I think a slender, tall 55 year old would look really fab, modern and appropriate in most of the Collection.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be? 

I think the most appealing thing is that she has really thought about what women of a certain demographic want. They don't want to hide their figures, which is the message Gok Wan often promotes, but to show it off and hide the odd bits they don't like (hence the Amery). I could see most of these outfits in my quite conservative workplace. The fabrics and colours are quite appealing and the prices are reasonable, especially as some of it is on sale.

My dream is for a collection designed for petite women that acknowledges that we are not all the same shape. Next's petite range, (I am picturing Portas looking at some of the limp prints and baggy tops there with pursed lips) for instance, assumes that anyone under 5'2” is shaped like Humpty Dumpty, with tiny short legs and a big tummy. Well, I'm not shaped like that. I fantasise about a skirt or trousers that didn't hang loosely 2 inches below my actual waist. I usually end up wearing dresses because of this.

ScorpionQueen Fri 11-May-12 19:25:06

I wasn't keen tbh, but am probably not the target market. I liked the look of the high-rise jeans but wouldn't pay £80 for a pair of jeans. The rest was a bit boring, not really me at all.

The quality looked good and some of the cuts flattering. Maybe when I'm older and more of a conventional dresser...

keepmoving Fri 11-May-12 19:39:05

Sorry had to come back to answer the actual questions rather than just positing my comments about the fab customer service...

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I like the look of the Lorelec dress in grape. I like the colour and drape plus not too short!

I like the colour use across the range too.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

Like quite a few of the blouses but would like to see more natural fibres eg Animal print blouse would have prefered in silk.

I tried the shop your shape tool (violin) and felt that there wasn't that much for my shape. Apparently only 8% of women fall into this category and assume the range offer takes this into account. I tried on a number of tops in sotre and felt they were all too high/round neck which gave me a matronly busom (wikes!) would like to see more drapey/ lower nexcklines please.

GeorgeEliot Fri 11-May-12 20:02:51

OH dear, I really wanted to like this stuff. I really like Mary and think that what she's trying to do is great - and I'm pretty sure I'm the target market. 48 and interested in fashion, but even more interested in flattering clothes, don't mind spending a bit on good quality clothes.
But I don't think any of this stuff would suit me - I am shortish (5' 4") and probably a bit fatter than I should be (size 12 on a good day) with biggish bum and small boobs.
I keep going back to shapes I know suit me, wrap dresses, A-line skirts, etc - would love some alternatives as very bored of those now, but don't think that this stuff is it.
Also live in the sticks so no chance of trying stuff on; not prepared to risk mailorder on what I've seen though.
What a shame. Did like the Tatty Devine jewellery though - but that's all.

gazzalw Fri 11-May-12 21:11:31

DW and I have done this in tandem as I love seeing her dressed up in something that flatter her lovely figure! We looked on line at the clothes, not having a House of Fraser on our doorstep. I really thought that DW would look good in the Snake Panel Dress/Skirt as she is curvy and these would suit her very well. She agreed with my choices for her but she also liked the Siren Dress although she thought it a bit plain for the price. There was not much between the garish and the very plain which was a bit disappointing. DW really liked the Longline Silky Plackett Tee but that aside didn't think that many of the tops would really do much for the large breasted.

A lot of the clothes seem very fluid which makes them very wearable in theory. Think I would favour a lot more figure hugging clothes and DW thinks that you could do with more dresses/tops which favour the larger chested woman. I think that the criticism has been levelled at Mary's range that she designs for a size/shape similar to her own. DW agrees. DW is not plump but has a voluptuous figure and neither of us thinks that many of Mary's current collection would do justice to curves in a good way! She's missing a trick just targeting the slimliners with more boyish figures! We would expect Mary to design a fashion-forward collection for real women with real figures not just slim-liners who don't eat from dawn till dusk!

DW was quite surprised that the jewellery was relatively tame - would have expected bigger and brasher and bolder to counter the plainness of some of the dresses/tops.

Having done the Uniqlo family day, as a man I was quite reminded of their clothes when browsing this collection by Mary Portas. Can't quite put my finger on it but had a feeling of deja vu. A lot of the women who have the money and the inclination to buy Mary's clothes will have had children and the smoothness of line of some the dresses would be challenging for any women with a less than flat tummy etc... DW declared that some of the designs would have been just her thing in her slim (size 10) pre-children physique when she had the flattest tummy I've ever seen grin but wouldn't necessarily translate brilliantly to her now.

DW would really like Mary to produce a bold and affordable line that flatters women of all shapes and sizes in the same way that Vivienne Westwood does. She has the know-how and the marketing experience to do it and just needs to think stylish but sexy rather than concentrating on fashion-forward. At the end of the day women want to feel sexy and ultra feminine in their clothes, even on the school run, and this is what Mary Portas and House of Fraser should be aiming for.

Equally some of her shoe designs in collaboration with Clarks are very sexy (La Minx in particular) and I will be treating DW to a pair for her birthday! But some of the others could look positively staid on many women particularly those without a shapely ankle!

fossil97 Fri 11-May-12 22:13:12

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I'm probably the target market as a 42 year old professional, but to be honest it was hard to see what I might go for. I'm short and very curvy and already have a load of fitted/jersey dresses, pencil skirts and V neck jumpers. Normally I would never go for baggy tops/dresses, high or bateau necks or narrow/peg trousers, which rules out 90% of the collection. I was intrigued by the no-brainer dress in the documentary and also in the little video on the site, I'd love to try that on with the leggings/boots/Armery, but I fear it would just be much too boxy for me. I would definitely need help or a consultation to pick out anything that might suit me or look better on a person than a hanger.

The main things I was drawn to was the Geo Shirt and the Animal shirt, I could see myself wearing those but there is similar everywhere!

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

It's well presented in that there is a person shot as well as a mannequin short of each item. I would like more items designed, or demonstrated, with different shapes and sizes in mind, that are wearable. It looks like the few fitted dresses are a token effort and look very dull when the rest of the collection is alive with colour and style. I feel I'm still condemned to my Per Una bootcut jeans sad.

Puppypoppet Fri 11-May-12 22:56:17

I love the Aurora dress in cobalt - a true classic. Usually I would pick black but the blue looks amazing. I also like the Slub midi dress - stomach is my problem area and I think this would be flattering. I found the dresses on the whole were most attractive to me (nearly 40 size 12/14 5'6). The Aurora dress attracted me immediately but the dresses in general as they all look wearable - definitely the most appealing section for me.

As to what I would like to see in Mary's next Collection - more of the same where dresses are concerned. Not overly keen on the big baggy items especially with strong prints - sorry just not me! On the trouser / jean front some slightly less tight fitting ones would be nice - don't think they would suit me. All in all though when next near a House of Fraser I'll definitely have a look at the Mary Portas section - making a beeline for the dresses! Nice to see items with sleeves on to cover "bingo wings".

lookoveryourshoulder Fri 11-May-12 23:47:54

.. I am probably one of the larger ladies and needed to tick the box at the end of the sizing row..

To be quite honest most the fabric look like they are jersey or some kind of flimsy fabric.

When you have a robust "under-carriage" like me all the lines/stitching on your bra will show through with the fabric that Mary has chosen...

I did briefly look at the collection and there was probably only one thing that I thought would be a "maybe" possibly - but I can't even remember what it was now - so it wasn't obviously something that I would desperately seek out..

Sorry...

lookoveryourshoulder Fri 11-May-12 23:55:40

...ooops - apologies I haven't answered the questions - but I will leave that to the others...

kangamouse Sat 12-May-12 08:13:18

Good grief i can't believe how bad this stuff is in this collection.

Shapeless dresses that couldn't flatter anyones shape, huge tents that just hang off the body. It comes to something when even the models look bad in the clothes they are modelling.

The patterns on many of the dresses are unattractive and overbearing. The shirt selection looks like the workwear section of Walmart.

Like someone else said, its no wonder it is being discounted so heavily, it obviously isn't selling.

Am a big fan of Mary Portas and she always looks amazing sadly her collection doesnt.

lumbago Sat 12-May-12 08:19:36

Ok the man choosing the wife's clothes on here is freaky

PavlovtheCat Sat 12-May-12 08:45:40

Love the collection, but in order to be able to give proper feedback, I would need to spend around £500 on some of the items, carefully selected for me by a personal shopper to get it right, and once I have worn those items, I could give you a proper opinion of it...

clopper Sat 12-May-12 09:24:02

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
The dresses have sleeves, so many stores have dresses without them. At my age I don't want my upper arms on display.Not very keen on the trouser styles and would like to have more options for lengths on the clothes. I liked the belts and scarves but think that the tights are too expensive.

miabl2 Sat 12-May-12 10:07:47

Not one thing grabs my attention. What a disappointing collection. Nothing really goes with each other, there doesn't seem to be a "theme" to the collection at all. At age 40 I think Zara has the ideal clothes for me.

Grockle Sat 12-May-12 11:36:17

I don't think I liked anything blush

It all looked baggy, lots of harem pants that look good on no-one and lots of gaudy prints.

If I had to buy something, I'd probably get a t-shirt like this one but not for £40 shock Perhaps this is just not aimed at someone like me (I'm 34). Shame because I like House of Fraser.

gazzalw Sat 12-May-12 13:02:37

PS DW was considering Mary's clothes line thinking about her school friend Mums, many of whom would form part of Mary's target demographic. She couldn't actually think of any who naturally wear the type of clothes that Mary has designed - even when they are doing child-free things. And there's a fair few affluent, slimline fortysomethings amongst the group!

DW likes slightly quirky and she doesn't really think that this collection necessarily addresses that. Hate to say it but some of the items wouldn't look out of place amongst the M&S Autograph Collection. That's not to disparage M&S, but simply to say it's done elsewhere on the High Street but cheaper.

DW has recently discovered the Damsel In A Dress range which do bodycon but sexy for women with real figures. They are not cheap for for a dress/skirt but because they make her feel and look good, she feels they are an investment and worth the money. I think if they were stocked side by side, DW wouldn't do more than cast a glance over Mary's range and head straight for the clothes that make her feel good and sexy - sorry.

I know not all clothes are going to suit all body shapes but at least acknowledge that not all women are tall sylphs. I think Trinny and Susannah and Gok Wan have done enough to ensure that most women of a certain age understand what should make them look and feel good - Mary owes it to women to continue and build on their legacy but not sure it's been achieved yet!

DW and I would happily volunteer to be involved in a focus group if you want any more feedback/input!

CMOTDibbler Sat 12-May-12 18:02:27

I wanted to like Marys collection too. And largely, I don't. I'm 39, tall, not exactly fat, but a bit wobbly. So pretty normal for my age really. And most of those things, I would look appalling in.

I'd hoped Mary would design flattering basics - so black trousers that made post pg tums look nicer and made you look taller and slimmer. White shirts of a length to cover your waistband well and shaped attractively. Perfect jeans.

But instead theres sack dresses (which only look nice on women shaped like Mary), weird prints and colours, and very little I'm prepared to spend that much on.

I do like the siren dress though - nice shape and sleeves, glorious sleeves !

Blu Sat 12-May-12 19:37:57

Ah.

I might have some form of severe dysmorphia. I am v 'mature'. as MNers go - within the age group that I think MP has been championing, and I scrolled down the dresses in horror. No way! The suddenly I thought 'oh these look better' and it was the Whistles range.

I am 5'6", maybe 5'7", a size 12, and quite a square athletic shape. I like quite classic shapes, none of all that drapy, wrinkly, waterfally stuff - it scream 'forgiving' and 'middle age'. I shop in Jigsaw, Cos, Whistles. I like stuff by Sandwich, Marimekko when it is square and boxy and not too fanciful in the lentil weavery curtain sort of way.

In bags I like the Love Mary totes and the Queen of Shopper cross body totes. Accessories - no.

Look - my 80 yo mother would consider some of that stuff frumpy!

PLease - can we have classic, arty, smart and quirky clothing that is nevertheless not too short or tight?

bluebump Sat 12-May-12 20:41:50

My favourite pieces were the twisted bandeau swimming costume as it looks amazingly flattering and the slub box jersey tee shirts. I like some of the other pieces but I either don't have the figure to pull them off (i'm too short and dumpy - for now anyway grin) or I don't have enough occassions to wear some of the smarter fitted stuff like the dresses to justify spending that much on them. I like a lot of the hosiery too but it is a bit out of my price range as i'm a klutz and managed to put my fingers through some M&S leggings this week so I wouldn't spend that much on tights to do something so daft again.

I would like to see some more clothes for a younger market, I think a lot of the pieces are too old for me (i'm 33) and maybe some bits that are more fitted but less formal. I like to wear prints and bright colours so would look at the collection more often if there was more for me (when a sale was on anyway, i'm not sure things are too expensive, i'm just poor!)

I'd be interested in seeing the collection in the flesh as I think some of the things probably look better in real life.

milk Sat 12-May-12 21:36:07

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
I love how the Drape Jacket is suitable for all ages

Do you have more than one?
I love how the Cropped Jacket With Drape Collar would suit women of most sizes.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
Ray dress is good for hiding bingo wings

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
It was the style. To be honest I was put off by the scary patterns/colour
choices.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
I like the modern classic cuts.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
In Mary's next collection, I'd like to see less scary prints/colours, and more classic tailoring

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
Different shapes could be nice, like an asymmetric dress.

I dislike how at present to shop this collection you have to know what suits you and what does not, therefore it is easy to go horribly wrong.

damarone Sat 12-May-12 21:54:37

They've probably had to compromise to some extent on fabric quality/finish in order to get the prices within high street range. Prices are top of high street so too high for me. The clothes look like they've been designed for Mary to wear. She is tall with a boyish figure. I'm too short (5ft 4) so nothing appropriate. It's all been born out of confusing concepts anyway. Is it meant to be good clothes for real women or good clothes for older women, or clothes to make you look like Mary? If it's meant to be aimed at 'real' women then the concession is a bit too intimidating for that. And what's the idea of the olive oil and cushions etc?
I'm aware I only have negatives to say but I can't think of anything positive to say. Another Mary Portas programme idea was floated. She agreed to do it, she and the programme makers probably didn't see eye to eye/know what they wanted to achieve apart from ratings, somehow there ended up being a clothing line for the purposes of reality tv. Now we're told we want to shop there. It's bizarre.

Hopezibah Sat 12-May-12 22:24:45

The leather biker jacket immediately grabbed my attention. I seemed to be drawn to the dresses too - particularly the more fitted ones like the siren dress which looks absolutely gorgeous and the lorelec dress.

The items i didn't find appealing were the geo patterned blouse and trousers and i never think the peg leg style trousers look appealing.

So i guess, i like the more tailored/fitted styles best and the plainer colours rather than the patterns. That way I feel I can't go wrong with my choices - getting great style and colours that look good.

SimLondon Sat 12-May-12 22:26:05

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
I like the Jersey scoop top and the boyfriend knit cardigan, I also really like the shoe collection and the knickers.

~ Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

The boyfriend knit cardigan both colours - i think because it flatters my body shape and i don't thinkthat the rest of the clothing collection would do, although its hard to tell because there are no photos of the clothes being actually worn!!!

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? The shoes.

~ What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Variety of jeans.

~ Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? I personally like the uniqueness that is Boden and I think Mary has her own uniqueness but the most 'edge' items would only appear to suit very tall slim people - but without photos of the clothes actually on models its hard to tell.

KatieMiddleton Sat 12-May-12 22:50:38

I want to like the collection I really do but... kitten heeled shoes? Leopard print ankle boots? Structure-less batwing dresses made out of curtains from the 1970s? A jump suit for £150??! Does anybody look good in a jump suit? The Lorelec dress, for example appears to be pulling across the model's thighs so I can only imagine what it would do across a mere mortal's. And the trousers? I cannot imagine someone my mother's age (Mary's target demographic) wearing them.

Right, I'll do my best...

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Theia Drape Dress and the laser cut pencil skirt but both are overpriced IMHO. I also quite liked the twist bandeau swimming costume but I wouldn't buy it in orange or for £80. The knitwear also looks quite good but I'm a size 10. My mother who is mid 50s and a size 16-18 and 5'3 would not be able to wear it without looking even more chunky. The Aurora blue dress is a great colour and shape but does look like work wear and at £150 is a bit expensive for that.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
The love Mary shopper bags because they're a great shape, size and strong colours. £189 is a lot to spend on a bag that will only last a season or two.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? Erm... The concept is brilliant but the execution is not. There is an assumption I think that tall, skinny, wealthy middle-aged women will buy and the reality is that most of us after time and child-bearing have softer, squashier bodies and need a bit of structure. I watched the Channel 4 programme about the making of the collection and the shop and even her focus group were saying she had the shapes all wrong.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
More clothes designed to accommodate women with curves and older women. Less shapeless tents to be worn over tights or skinny jeans or leggings. Less all-in-one options and more pieces that can be mixed and matched. More structured garments. A few pieces that are less expensive because each is very heavily styled and if something's beautiful and well made and fits then it's worth spending the money on but if it's a fashion piece that will date then it's not worth those prices. It may be helpful to theme the collection more - eg work wear, holiday, casual weekend, girls' night out and create a capsule wardrobe for each with cross-over pieces?

aristocat Sun 13-May-12 00:39:42

smile will report back soon

legoballoon Sun 13-May-12 08:04:14

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
Not a big fan of what I've seen, but at a push, the twisted front swimsuit, and a couple of the more simple tunic dresses (not patterned). I didn't like the patterned stuff, personally I prefer more simple block colours (although I have bought less splashy and garish patterned clothing from e.g. Boden, Fat Face). The shape of the trousers may be fashionable now, but I prefer a boot leg or wide leg shape, and think it's more 'classic'.

I was surprised to see that the Beauty products were named 'cowshed' - whether this is a brand itself (a la Radley) or a product produced specifically for Mary Portas to sell at HoF, the name (however tongue in cheek and witty it might be) doesn't sit comfortably in the 'Portas' brand, which one would imagine to be more timeless and classy (especially given the pricing structure).

On that subject, the pricing structure is unrealistic for anything other than the odd 'treat' e.g. dress for wedding etc. The 'sales' prices are about what I'd pay for something at full price, and I've recently bought a lovely swimsuit for £30 from M&S, and would never fork out £80 for one.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
I think you're marketing to a specific group - Mary's fan base. I have read her columns the Telegraph magazine, but never watched the TV shows. I think she herself is a chic woman, her hair is always immaculate and she wears vibrant colours etc., but her look is not one I aspire to as woman in her early forties. I'm a bit more casual and not yet worried about my "upper arms" (!)

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions?
If she could cater for taller women, e.g. 36" inside leg, longer length sleeves, longer body swimsuits, she'd 'have me at hello'. At the moment, lanky women are woefully provided for: Long Tall Sally is overpriced and frumpy, and everyone else's idea of a 'longer length' inside leg, is at the most, 33".

RickGhastley Sun 13-May-12 13:13:38

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I loved the dresses. It was the style that appealed most. They looked flattering to wear (not too tight!) and the patterns and colours were great. Reminded me a bit of Vivienne Westwood Anglomania in some of the shapes.I also loved the shoes. Being Clarks I'm assuming they are comfy to wear but are very stylish too.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

Most appealing thing is seeing stylish and non-frumpy clothes for 40+ women - at last! There seems to be very little of it around! I would like to see more things I could wear to work, I work in an ultra conservative environment and could not see anything in Mary's collection that would suit - like a stylish tailored suit perhaps with a quirky twist like an unusual material or lining, or some unusual detailling.

KatieMiddleton Sun 13-May-12 13:25:15

I did like the court shoes that were none kitten-heel. They looked good for work and a reasonable price. More boots please!

buggyRunner Sun 13-May-12 14:32:32

As a 29 year old mum of 2 small children I have to say before I checked out the collection I had written it off as too old. Don't know why but I got the impression it was at ages 40+

Anyway I am so glad I checked it out. It is great- not too old/ middle aged at all.

I loved the use if colour- vibrant but classic cuts which are very flattering. My face pieces are the gold quil necklace, reversible belts (brilliant idea) and jersey t shirts.

I would like to see more dresses perhaps team up mary's buisness mind with style- so networking drinks dress, then work ball dresses and then perhaps a holiday wear?

Lounge wear maybe?

I would just say I think it's missed a trick in marketing- ppl never know what to wear for work events (especially when they are a plus 1) and a section on this would be brilliant (in my humble unfashionable opinion)

snail1973 Sun 13-May-12 15:00:00

As a SAHM of two kids who will be 40 next year I shop online A LOT. I enjoyed looking at Mary's collection and although there was nothing that grabbed me enough to buy this time I will be back...

I would also say that I have a rubbish sense of style, so my shopping is quite guided by what I learnt when I had my colours and style analysed by a House of Colour consultant. I learnt masses and it has been a revalation to me. But it does mean that I am quite focussed in what I look for and less lead by current trends.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
I really liked the look of quite a few things: The Ray dress in green caught my attention straight away (love that colour) but don't think the style would suit me. Also loved the pleat front dress in the orangy print - great looking dress and love the print but won't suit my curves sad And the modern knit oversize jumper looks fab, just right for me and it is still on my maybe list. Liked the ordine dress too but too pricey for 100% polyester. Like the idea of the high waist jeans but they looked too skinny for me, I would buy if they were straight legs as I need to hide muffin top and can't afford NYDJs

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
Love the fact that there are sizes over a 16 - thank goodness! But not so many things that would suit the big boobed and curvy figure. I always look for v necks. I would also like to see some tunic tops as I wear that style a lot with leggings or jeans. Keep some of the funky prints (I don't like them all but I do want print and it is hard to find good prints on the high street)
I'm afraid I thought there were too many vest tops and similar basics that TBH I would probably buy for £3 each in H&M. If I am going for a Mary Portas piece then I want to splash out on statement items that look amazing.
But beware of going too statement, I would never wear those printed PJ trousers - not sure if that's city style but I wouldn't be seen dead in anything like that out here in the leafy home counties!!

I liked that when you roll over each item you see a model wearing it so you get a feel of length, cut etc. And her standing in a corner didn't bother me at all.

The jewellery isn't my thing, I need chunkier stuff. I thought it all looked a bit cheap and too young for me.

Shoes - no ballet flats??? Missing a trick there IMO. I'm not suggesting you'd wear them with the dresses, but with jeans/chinos etc I am not going to wear heels everyday

Love the tights. Will defiantely be back for some of those!

Good luck

GrendelsMum Sun 13-May-12 15:38:24

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I really liked some of those pieces - in particular, I would be very tempted by the neoprene mac (sold out), although at the reduced price, not the original full price. It looked like it had an interesting cut, which would turn a mac into something very sexy without looking overtly over-the-top. Very wearable but fun at the same time. I thought that the cut of many of the pieces looked intriguing - but that meant that the photos of the pieces on their own looked much less flattering and attractive than when they were on the model. I suspect they're not the sort of clothes that look great on the hanger, either - they're cut to fit around people's figure, and its hard to judge them until you get them on. Some of the dresses looked great as well - good colours, stylish but not too over the top to wear at work, so you'd get a fair amount of wear out of them.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I liked the idea that you could shop by shape (that's how I came across the mac) but the suggestions were very limited. Coming back to the idea that they're cut to flatter a figure, I'd be reluctant to buy these clothes online, because I think you wouldn't have any idea about whether it would hang right on my body. On the other hand, if there was a House of Fraser nearby, I would add this collection to the list of clothes to look at next time I'm shopping.

I think that Mary could look at doing more interesting, stylish workwear, but perhaps a little more relaxed in feel. Some of the dresses have almost a performance aspect to them - of course, Mary's job is to look stylish every day, but it's not necessarily a look that would be suitable for every workplace.

Mayisout Sun 13-May-12 19:30:22

I was discussing mother-of-the-bride outfits with a shop owner and she pointed out that as many brides are marrying later the M-o-bs are also older and always ask for dresses with short sleeves (to cover bingo wings) but this is not usually an option (though dresses often have matching jackets but this makes outfits more expensive). Mary seems to be aware of this need as many of her dresses have short sleeves so I will definitely be trying out her styles when I get the chance.

stigofthelump Sun 13-May-12 19:56:07

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The red siren dress, gorgeous and looks very flattering

Do you have more than one?
The high rise jeans look great too

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
All the scarves looked lovely (although I still struggle on how to wear them without adding 0 years to my age!!) and the armory is excellent idea. The bags look good too

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
Great quality and decent arm coverage (lovely sleeves and armory)

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
More of the same, tummy panels maybe

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
no just improve after feedback but the bones of the collection is great

Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions?
I would love the siren dress in more colours, particularly the Aurora blue

CarryOnMatron Sun 13-May-12 20:28:02

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The aurora dress

Do you have more than one?
I also like the ray dress in pink and the jumpsuit.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
I love the shape and colour of the aurora dress, that said I probably wouldn't choose it as it wouldn't suit my shape. I really like the siren dress which I think would suit my shape, love the sleeve length.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
I like the range of dresses, it seems that there is something for everybody. I'm very curvy and I think I could find quite a few items that would suit me and i'd feel comfortable in. I like that there is a choice of colour but only for a few of the pieces. I think it is difficult to find items that suit your body shape but also in colours that flatter your skin tone. Sometimes I want a more classic colour like black or navy, othertimes I want a bright colour like pink, red, blue.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
I liked alot of the clothes but wasn't keen on the shoes. I wouldn't buy alot of the accessories because I tend to spend less on them and they're not really my style, I prefer chunkier items which are cheaper and easily changed. As i've previously said I like a good choice of colours and shades.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? I've never really considered looking at her collection before. I'm early 30's and after looking today I possibly would buy from this collection.

aristocat Sun 13-May-12 22:07:43

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The Lorelec dress is my favourite.

Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
Yes, I also liked the Animal burnout top, boyfriend cardigans and the handbags. The item I was immediately drawn to was the dress -the yellow/green colour was such a magnificent shade that it completely took me by surprise. The items in this collection seem to be simple but very stylish.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
The most appealing thing in this collection for me was the handbags. I loved most of them! The tassels ones are perfect & I need one envy. I also liked the colour choices that were available and the fact that there was a good balance of bold prints and one colour pieces.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
In Marys next collection my suggestion would be to offer several leg lengths. We are not all standard sizes! The only disappointment for me was the jewellery - it was not what I was expecting at all ...... too fragile and 'gold'. Where are the chunky pieces?

ProfCoxWouldGetIt Mon 14-May-12 10:45:21

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I really liked the dog cushions, I thought they were fun and interesting, although at £70 each I wouldn't be buying them

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I really like the idea, but I think the collection could do with being "younger" when I look at the collection it strikes me as a collection aimed at mid/late 30's to early 50's. Personally at 35 I felt it was all a bit too old for me.
While I like the concept of the armoury's I feel that a bolero will be just as good a job.

fallingandlaughing Mon 14-May-12 22:39:38

I have duly visited my local House of Fraser store and had a nosey around online. It was pretty hard to get to see the collection instore as I had my daughter with me in a pram - I needed help from some lovely Pied a Terre staff to get the pram up the steep flight of steps to the "Mary" store area. The Mary collection staff were harder to spot. No-one said "Hello" to me or offered any help.

Looking round the store it was hard to imagine myself in the clothes. I think this is because they were presented on Marybots - lots of mannequins with Mary Portas wigs. They instantly made me picture Mary Portas wearing the clothes, which made it harder to picture myself in them. It was much easier to look at them online, the pared down presentation made it easier to imagine wearing some of the pieces.

There is lots to like - the simple shapes and bold prints in particular. I really like the Anemone dress, The Geo Print blouse and the Dolman sleeve top. I have just spotted the black pleat blouse and think it's simplicity with a twist really refelcts the best of the collection. I was also really drawn to some of the formal trousers. They seemed really well cut and had a nice weight to them. Unfortunately they also seemed really short. This is probably a good thing for most cutomers but I am tall and was hoping Mary (who also seems tall) would cater for me too. Still there are a lot of nice dresses and they looked to sit on the knee, which is a nice change. A lot of shops have "grown-up" dresses in teenager lengths in my recent experience.... Or have I just realised that I have outgrown Topshop??

I was most surprised to have had my attention drawn by the Armery items... Tights for legs? Sounds crazy but I think there is a huge market for this. Someone missed a trick not coming up with this on Dragon's Den years ago. I think I will buy some for my Mum and may well try them out myself. N.B. My Mum is always complaining about the surfeit of short sleeves on the market, I'm no trying to force her to cover up!

The most appealing aspect of the collection is the bold shapes, quality of finish and generous cuts. I feel it is really important that these are not lost. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the number of items, some quite similar. It would actually be easier to choose something to buy if the collection was 20% smaller. I was reminded of the Psychology experiment that found people are more likely to buy jam when choosing from four brands than when choosing from twenty... I had selected some things to try on and then gave up because it seemed like a faff.

It must be really hard to launch a collection under such high levels of scrutiny... I guess most designers start small then build up and so they can test what works for them on a smaller scale. I think Mary needs to shed the safe choices (if I saw one more bright jewel tunic I would have sworn I was in a Miami retirement community bingo hall) and push forward with the more interesting shapes which really stand out as refreshing and different. There is a real gap in the market for "grown-up" clothing and with a few cuts and tweaks this collection could fill it.

tbh8169 Tue 15-May-12 10:56:50

I do not have HOF near me , so had a look online, as well as watching the series of Mary setting up her fashion range which was very good.
I like Mary portas , her sense of style and ballsy attitude, however the new range is rather diappointing and safe. None of it appeals to me as a mum of 4, early 40's, with an interest in fashion . I tend to buy clothes from individual boutiques in brighton and Hove, or Boden.
I just found the clothes very boring , expensive, and lacked the style I would associate with mary Portas.
sorry , giving an honest opinion, which I assume she wants?I am not an M&s ,dept store or Next customer, which maybe is more her target market?

Fillybuster Tue 15-May-12 11:50:07

I made a detour into the HoF a couple of weeks ago specifically to check out the MP collection. I think she's great on tv, love her personal style and was very interested to see what she had designed for HoF.

I'm afraid I was rather disappointed. Although the MP-clone mannequins are eye-catching, I found them rather off-putting as a starting point. Just because I like MP's style doesn't mean I want to look exactly like her. And unfortunately the impression the mannequins give is that unless you look exactly like MP, you won't be able to deliver the necessary style and oomph for the clothes.

Even more unfortunately, away from the sharply cut wigs and super-skinny plastic models, I found the clothes extremely frumpy. Great patterns, but the fabric quality wasn't brilliant and all the lengths/styles basically screamed "how to look like a woman in your 60's".

To be fair, if I was in my 50s/60+ I would probably be delighted as I suspect there is a dearth of nice made, funky-ish clothes for this market (although, again, the material could be better).

But as a mum in my 30s, I really don't want to look any older and more frumpy than I do when dressed by TopShop, John Lewis and Wallis.....smile

BigBadBear Tue 15-May-12 12:20:03

I have a HoF nearby (Croydon) but it doesn't carry this range so I looked online.

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?

The aurora dress

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I like the fact that it feels a bit more grown up than some other ranges. The styles and prints look eminently wearable, and it's nice to see some black as many ranges seem to have steered so clear of it that it can be difficult to find. But it's expensive! I don't like the armery at all (sorry), I can't see why you wouldn't just wear a long sleeved top underneath or a shrug on top.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?

I think the personal shopping offer with the collection is really appealing. I can see it working really well, and it being more focused than doing personal shopping with a whole department store at your disposal.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?

Could it be a little bit cheaper please?

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?

I think she should keep doing what she's doing, as she's really good at it.

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

i LOVE the Pussy Bow Blouse - perfect for work or to wear with skinny jeans. I am seriously thinking of treating myself - I was drawn to the style of it and also the pattern - it is a perfect style to dress up or down but the pattern is bang on trend for this season. I had more than one favourite though (as always!), I also loved the Aurora dress - the colour is gorgeous and it is also a classy looking dress that looks easy to wear and comfortable. Some of the jumpers were nice too, especially the oversized modern knit jumper - its also in the sale smile

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I think the most appealing thing about the collection is that is is varied - there are some everyday items in there that you could wear but also a lovely mixture of nicer dressy clothes and clothes suitable for work. I don't think she should take on a different style at all, I think it is all very modern and well thought out. I would love to see more shoes and boots in the collection.

serendipity1980 Thu 17-May-12 16:41:10

There is not a lot I like in the collection - it looks like it is for older women (I'm 32). However, I was instantly drawn to the siren dress in red, it looks amazing. I am a wheelchair user and it is difficult to find clothes that fit well and flatter me, while still remaining comfortable and practical for me in my wheelchair or using my crutches. This dress did look like it would suit me. I do think the collection is rather expensive, but perhaps I'm simply not the target audience! I did also like the Coralia dress due to its simple lines, the contrasting coloured belt and the fitted look.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-May-12 10:39:09

Hi all - thanks to all those who've posted on this thread so far. House of Fraser have asked us to post this message:

"Great feedback everybody! So far it seems that you love the structured dresses (in particular the Aurora), the super useful Armery and the extensive use of colour. Also popular are the chic and practical shoes. Keep the comments coming — you have until the 25th May to leave your thoughts and be in with a chance of winning £500 to spend at House of Fraser. Good luck!"

KenNEddieKennedy Tue 22-May-12 11:03:41

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
The Swimwear looks nice, enough to hide my tum but £££.

Do you have more than one?
The Geo print blouse is lovely too, wide leg trousers with zip front looked nice.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
Being honest? It's not really my style so, no. The jewellery looked OK but it's quite similar in style to Primark, this isn't to diss Primark, I think their jewellery is fab, and the prices are far more realistic for something you might wear for one season.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
I should think the quality is good.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
Wide leg trousers (more of) I do not do skinnies, leggings etc.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
She wouldn't be true to herself then!

Mary, I know you've taken your inspiration from you fav Greek island but some of your dresses are channeling Demis Roussos a little too much - I'm not big as such, (just the usual pouch after two children and getting on a bit now) but I'd look seven months pregnant if I wore many of those.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 22-May-12 11:08:15

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I really liked the red Siren dress. I like the colour and shape, and I could imagine wearing it.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

The collection is appealing to me, as I could see lots of useful items that were more stylish than the regular staple items I would pick up in Dorothy Perkins or New Look. I loved the plain shirts and the Dolman jumper. I'm not so keen on the prints, and some of the tops looked a bit shapeless (floral print jersey tabard looked particularly drab and saggy) which isn't my personal style, and the shiny-looking fabrics appeared cheap.

I would like to see fewer 'statement' garments eg the leather pencil skirt and lurex top, and more focus on really useful, good value clothes eg things that cost a bit more than New Look but that you will get plenty of wear out of.

interregmum Tue 22-May-12 12:18:49

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I was slightly horrified. It was very boring without being chic. I don't think I'd buy any of it. Even the model's bum looks terrible in the 'Ray' dress. If someone had told me it was M and S, I'd have believed them.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

I'd like her to employ a fashion designer and get her to stick to what she's good at - marketing!

lumbago Tue 22-May-12 16:09:36

Is this finished yet ?

areyoutheregoditsmemargaret Tue 22-May-12 17:17:53

I visited H0fF on a freezing Monday morning. The "express lift" to Maryland took me to the first floor and I then wandered for about 10 minutes with no idea where to find her (two floors further up, as it transpired). Several other middle-aged women were doing the same.

The most appealing item in the collection was by a mile the Siren dress. It was well-cut and classic and in a range of attractive colours - so classic, of course, that I already have about five versions thereof in my wardrobe and no need to buy another. I tried it on and it was very flattering, but women don't need that many classic dresses.

The only other thing that appealed was the armeries - when the time is right I'd return for one of those but on such a cold day, the prospect of ever wearing a sleeveless dress again seemed impossible. I liked the tights but they were around £10 a pair, so expensive.

Apart from that, I was disappointed. Garish prints everywhere, fabrics that were either silk (didn't want too much hassle to clean), or, I suspect, polyester - yuk . Far too much acid yellow, which gave me a headache. The "look" we were being encouraged to buy was a baggy, splodgy top, with belt, leggings and heels that just looked so painful they made my toes itch. Leather skirts, harem pants, printed leggings, jumpsuits, pussy-bow blouses - yuk, yuk, yuk. It all felt a bit middle-aged hen night or a bit Grazia trying to buy something horrible because Alexa Chung looks passable in it. We're not so easily fooled.

As others have said, having Mary so actively rammed down my throat in the form of the modeles backfired horribly. I'm not Samantha Brick, but I'm not totally hideous either. However, nor am I a cool, beanpole, sleek-bob type, nor am I a successful TV presenter, and the models simply rammed in that this will never be the case. I also felt slightly patronised by the idea that because Mary is funny and mouthy on telly I would want to "be" her, David Walliams is funny and mouthy and ... You see what I'm saying.

So ... in the next collection. Far fewer prints - leave them to Per Una, please. More comfortable-looking shoes. Lower prices (£80 for a swimming costume?). Less obvious worship at the Mary shrine, although I realise that may invalidate the entire point of the exercise.

Less of the - "The white shirt" stuff, , the shirts are pretty ordinary rather than being the item we've all been crying out for, and the white shirt in question is £70 - you could buy an equivalent one at Gap for half the price. Keep up the high quality (although this doesn't go brilliantly with lowering prices). More wearable shoes. A bit MORE jewellery, I only spotted a couple of pieces and I think, if well displayed, those pieces could show women how best to work an outfit.

Try to decide if you're about work wear or leisure, at the moment, it's leaning to the latter but with some boring-looking jumpers chucked in for mooching around on Saturdays, which just look dowdy. It certainly doesn't look like a collection aimed at mums - too high maintenance, which is why I'm surprised mnet is being asked for opinions.

Most of all, I'd say fewer pieces generally, the racks were cluttered and quite a few items were tucked away round the corner where I suspect they'll sit until Britain wins Eurovision (ie a long time). To continue with the Mary range you need to stay true to the spirit of Mary but that means channeling chic and sleek, in my opinion, not gobby and brash. I hope you can finesse it beause I like Mary and LOVE H of F (and while I was lost I discovered a few other gems, like the new Dickins and Jones line), and would love you to pull it off together.

Went & had a look at these in Selfridges (?) or John Lewis, whichever in Oxford St & was Not Impressed. Overpriced. Horrible synthetic material. Looked awful on me - I'm 5.6" and a size 12/14 and they all looked as if they'd only look good on a Mary-type beanpole figure.

Agree with interregmum that Mary is fab but she's a beginner in the design business & it shows. Sorry.

lagoonhaze Tue 22-May-12 21:21:33

What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

Nothing really caught my attention which is just as well as nothing in my size!

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

Armery is appealing. Size range needs to be more inclusive

BikeRunSki Tue 22-May-12 22:25:54

I'm not wowed by the overall collection, but I do like the Siren dress. I like the colours in the collections, but not really the prints, and hate the saggy baggy dresses like Ray, No Brainer and Poseidon, Prices are high for what seems be mainly synthetic fabric too, and not a lot of trouser options for people who don't want to wear skinny drainpipe shapes. Seems like the collection can't decide whether to be teenage or mumsy, when I suspect it want to be neither.

OhNoMyFanjo Wed 23-May-12 07:32:41

I have looked online (via my phone) and this caught my eye. I'm about to start a new job and this would be fab. Also really liked tge cropped black jacket and tge jeans looked really good too. Love tge smart fitted look that I'm looking for ATM. Not interested at all in the baggy, sloppy type tops/dresses. They do not look like they would flatter at all.

In the next collection I love like less pieces and more of Mary's style tgat has not been compromised. I just do not believe that these baggy sloppy things were for anything other than to enable bigger fans to buy a Mary P item. Don't sell out.

heliumballoon Wed 23-May-12 23:42:45

Let me get the important bit out of the way first. I take challenges like this seriously. I legged it specially to the Mary concession at House of Fraser Oxford Street for this thread, spent money there that I wouldn’t otherwise have spent and a lovely chic shop assistant called Connie admired my baby smile. A winning situation all round.

My favourite piece was the seriously cute Tatty Devine foxy brooch (duly purchased and admired). I was drawn to the jeans- if someone can crack the “flattering not too skinny jean for the muffin topped” for under £100, then they will be a squillionaire. This Siren dress is lush– high quality heavy jersey (often hard to find on the high street), unusual neckline and a decent cut (but so it should be for £150). And some fab tights by the escalators on the way out.

But it could have been so much better.

One of the problems is that our expectations are sky high. You've clearly identified a gap in the market, we remember when you came and chatted to us before on MN (<waves>), we feel a certain warmth towards the brand and an engagement with it through the Channel 4 programmes. You’re tapping into really important things, like flattering cuts, good staff, style advice, avoiding dressing like a teenager- all the things the Style and Beauty board on MN are full of. Obviously you can’t please everyone but it’s clear to even the most casual observer why this stuff ain’t flying off the shelf.

The immediate impression when you walk in the store is of some truly awful zany polyester tunics. Some riffling through the rails reveals a surprising amount of stuff which has basically zero hanger appeal and someone needs to be quite brave and imaginative to try it on (No Brainer dress and Ray batwing dress, I’m talking about you). We’re not helped as the manikins are all clustered together by the entrance and there are not photos of clothes on models as one browses. So you’re relying on getting people into that changing room, and for that your staff need to be a little tiny bit more sales-minded- not pushy, just if someone a bit dopey like me is spending a loooooot time gazing at an item and trying to decide whether to try it on, go over and spark up a conversation about the item. I was a bit surprised this didn’t happen TBH. Maybe I look a bit poor or summat. Or like I’m only there for a Mumsnet thread.

The other immediate thing which jumps out is your pricing. £65 for a thin neon T-shirt. £120 for a silver coloured wallet (not leather). £150 for a black work dress. Woah there! There’s a recession on! Even the presence of quite a few 50% off swing tickets doesn’t really help, I’m afraid it just makes the rest of the collection look over-priced.

Then I wandered round the corner to the mishmash section of cushiony-bubble bath-greeting cards-scented candles lifestyle stuff. All vair nice but was surprised this took up so much room. The clothes, after all, are what we have trekked to the top floor of HoF to see, not to buy a notebook, however lovely. You could use some of that space instead to display clothes in a way which will help those of us without imagination eg. showing the same garment dressed in different ways. (This helps those of us looking for price-per-wear for the more expensive pieces). You could show us lots of different ways to wear your scarves. You could show us some more whole outfits, for example, you could make up a whole Made in Britain outfit. You could even spread the clothing collection out a little more- some of your clothing rails are a tiny bit crowded, and this doesn’t give a luxe look. Oh, and why is the sale rail hidden round the corner? Everyone loves a good sale rail.

You probably want some feedback from the older end of your target market, so I duly prodded my MIL (a seriously cool 68, usually found in Whistles, Cos and Zara, for example) into paying a visit. (She had already been several times before, she loves the concept and last season snapped up your “fantastically comfortable” leopard shoe-boots and “bloody brilliant” armery). She totally gets the Made in Britain concept (and remembers the 1960s M&S campaign of the same). MIL says that her generation is the Mary Quant and Biba generation but – and I quote- “as we get older we need things which are a leetle less short and a leetle more forgiving... without going straight to Country Casuals”. This time, her foray was less successful. She complained that she found things to be still too short and too tight and the cut “not quite right”. For example, she tried on the batwing dress (I love my MIL) but found it too short. She also loved the silver leather skirt- but it was shelved as she “lacks an occasion on which to wear it”- and the Radley bags like this one (“great colours” but feels she has too many bags already). She’ll definitely be back next season to see what you have on offer, as will I.

We agreed that Mary’s next Collection should look to quality, classic things with a twist, and more use of luxe fabrics like cashmeres, cotton and silk. Channel more Isabella Oliver and less Wallis; more neutrals and less neon and “painkiller pink” confused; more Audrey Hepburn and less Pat Butcher. (Sorry, sorry, but it’s true). Change the proportions in your Pret-a-Portas cocktail, adding an extra measure of simple chic and toning down the edge slightly. Lose the naff shit like the Tarot card reader advert on the till. Oh, and sort out your website- it’s truly badly designed and keeps throwing you out of the Mary store, while on an iPhone it’s even harder to navigate.

But whatever you do, don’t throw in the towel. There’s mileage in this concept yet. And I love love love my Fox brooch.

zipzap Fri 25-May-12 01:14:39

I don't live near a HoF store with a Mary collection so have just looked at the website...

Soooo offputting - sorry. The page linked to from the MN OP was just such a mess of random boxes and images, no structure, not even any clothes to be seen without scrolling.

The left hand navigation had no discernible order and only some of the items on it had an image or text on the page - which if you had scrolled down to try to make sense of it, you could have ended up missing things as there are so many different things on there, that without having to do a complicated double checking process it would have been easy to assume that everything was on there. And from the comments already on here, it seems that the Armery is one of the unique things that the Mary P collection can offer that people would like - but as it is a new concept to most people it is one of the things that would have really benefitted from having an explanation of it stuck on the Mary P landing page.

Looking at the clothes I didn't see anything that would suit me - unfortunately thanks to a couple of kids, a dodgy thyroid and an over fondness for chocolate, I am now a size 20 instead of the size 8 I used to be a few hundred years ago. And everything in the collection seemed to be designed for slim people... If you are aiming at slightly older women then please throw some larger sizes in for those of us unlucky enough to have trouble staying as slim as we were when young!

There were some nice looking classic basics but there were also a lot of gaudy patterns that didn't look very nice (sorry) and then there were things that looked like they were trying to be modern classics (and certainly charging as if they were) but actually looked like they would date quite quickly.

I've loved watching all the mary portas shopping shows on the tv but somehow this collection doesn't seem to have captured her essence of style very well.

And for someone who is supposed to be all about the marketing and presentation of things - how on earth did you let that website get out with your name on it? If this website was a shop with your name on it you would be the one calling in somebody to give it a good makeover, not be the one doing the sorting everything out! Gives a really bad feeling - like I've been cheated, because I expect the same high qualities on line from mary portas as I do from watching her make over shops on TV. So before I've even found the clothes to look at I'm already in a negative frame of mind thinking - well - if she has messed up the website (or let others mess it up despite having her name on it) then how much does she really know or understand like she is supposed to, are these really going to be as good as they are supposed to be... and judging by what I've seen, I'd say probably not sad

Ramblings Fri 25-May-12 15:50:02

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
- I loved the simple style but amazing print on the Anemone Dress, it caught my eye instantly and then I was distracted by thinking how I could style it. I decided on the La peep court shoes and the Melon Cantelupe Necklace to really set it off!

Do you have more than one?
-I also loved the bright green oversize tee, fab colour and really great for summer.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
-The Anemone Dress (as described above)

If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?
-The patterned material

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
- The wide range of materials, prints and shapes. It also works for varying age ranges which is hard to acheive

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
-More of the same plus some classic shapes and colours to mix and match and make the feature items more useable across your wardrobe.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
No, I think she should stick to this format as it works, maybe add a few more basic items

Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?
- I think a range of stylish flat shoes (with embellishments and varying colours) would be a welcome addition

cherryjellow Tue 29-May-12 12:08:05

Okie dokie, here I go with what I think smile

I really loved the mono flower print edge, it really summed up the chic edge and decorate idea. Its really beautiful, not to over bearing with design but still has colour, empty space and style.
I also loved the sheer spot tights - I love spots! Can't get enough of them!
The slub box jersy tee top in blue is another favorite. You can never have enough simple designs that can be accessorized plus the blue is very eye catching!

I like that the collection is like marmite. For me there are things I love and things well.... I wouldn't buy :D
So for the next collection I would love to see some different pillows.... maybe not with a dog for instance, maybe something more fun. The materials and style used is lovely though... just a bit unsure on the dog theme. Naomi Ryder plates etc...I'm not so sure about so complete style change would be lovely to see. I like the style on lots of things, but on the two above I would go for a style change.
The shoes are really classy, but as someone quite tall, a few more flat designs in the current style would be great!

What's your favourite piece in the Collection?
I really like the Aurora dress. I am considering ordering it.

Do you have more than one?
The tan leather biker jacket is gorgeous.

Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to?
Dresses. I find dresses easy to wear and thought this particular range had some crackers. I liked the Shop your Shape function and found some items I wouldn’t have ordinarily have considered.

What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection?
The fitted dresses.

What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection?
More classic styles and cuts.

Would you like to see her take on a different style all together?
It’s hard to find chic basics and an essentials-type of range would be great.

moonbells Thu 31-May-12 14:22:25

I'm a taller and larger lass with spring colouring and very narrow shoulders, and so I try and pick clothes that complement the colours and try and make me look smaller while not falling off my shoulders! So...

~ What's your favourite piece in the Collection? Do you have more than one? Was there anything in the Collection that you were immediately drawn to? If so, was it the colour, pattern, style or something else that grabbed your attention?

I loved the Rutzou Scribble print maxi skirt but the website has it only for up to size 14. I'd have bought that... such a lovely colour and pattern.

~ What do you think is the most appealing thing about the Collection? What would you like to see in Mary's next Collection? Would you like to see her take on a different style all together? Or would you like to see something similar but with a few key additions? If so, what would those additions be?

There are some lovely prints. But it needs more stuff to suit pear-shaped size 18s! (The fan dresses just shouted Victoria Beckham at me) Can we have some retro stuff please? 1950s? Those types of skirt are really complimentary to pear shapes.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 31-May-12 18:11:43

Thanks to everyone who added their comments to this thread - House of Fraser found all your feedback really useful and we hope to see more about Mary on the site in future!

We've done the prize draw and are pleased to announce that the winner is...

KenNEddieKennedy

Congratulations! You've won a styling session with a personal shopper and £500 to spend at your nearest House of Fraser!

I'll PM you to get your details.

KenNEddieKennedy Fri 01-Jun-12 06:36:53

WHOO HOO!!!!!

Thank you SO much! This is completely fantastic!

OhNoMyFanjo Fri 01-Jun-12 06:53:08

We done ken grin

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