One thing that I’ll miss watching on TV tonight is Mary Porta’s new show Mary Queen of Frocks. Last week was the final episode which saw the grand opening of her new fashion line at House of Fraser’s flagship oxford street store in London. I was a bit disappointed that there were only three episodes in the series as I felt it was a bit short. In the series finale we got to see the successful opening of the collection. I always enjoy watching Mary’s enthusiasm for delivering a great experience, something that the House of Fraser suits didn’t really match, often failing to grasp her concept and misunderstand what she was trying to achieve. Now the series has finished I went hunting on the net for the collection in a little bit more detail and love some of the pieces.
On the brand’s website they’ve documented some really cool tips on how to wear a scarf or shirt as well as a really great concept; ‘7 easy pieces’. It’s something that I picked up on when they were discussing the collection on the show. The ‘7 easy pieces’ are not basics but rather essential pieces that women should have in the wardrobe. By owning these 7 pieces enables them to build chic and sexy outfits with minimal fuss.
This really hit home with me because I’m a firm believe of quality over quantity and a wardrobe that is filled with a small selection of strong pieces is far greater than one that is full of so so pieces. In essence you end up building your own capsule collection with one shirt, one dress, one skirt, a couple of pairs of trousers and a strong jacket. These are the core of your wardrobe, your foundation which you can then build upon, adding in a few key trends on top. Then the following season you go back to that foundation and start over again.
I’m trying not to sound like an advertisement for the brand, but I have to take my hat off when someone comes along and really tries something different in terms delivering an experience to a customer. I also have to take my hat off because she is championing quality over quantity and more people need to listen up.
I’d love to hear what you thought of the show, if you’ve seen it?