She’s one of the most recognizable faces on Channel 4 and is currently going around the country to compile a report on the British high street for non-other than David Cameron. Yep, in two of perhaps the most ageist industries – television and fashion – Mary Portas is riding high. But she’s finding the high street is struggling to keep up. ‘I think so many women of a certain age get to the stage where they just can’t find something decent to buy,’ she says with her usual passion. So Mary decided to do something about it. She decided to launch her own collection – for women just like her. She’s worked with some of the best British brands to design everything from clothes to shoes, bags and even lingerie that she’s confident will look great whatever your age. The hemline is just long enough; the fabric just luxe enough; and the prices aren’t going to break the bank. ‘They’re the type of pieces you’ll want to pull out of your wardrobe time and time again,’ Mary says. Her first fashion collection will be stocked in London’s House of Fraser (3rd floor, 318 Oxford Street, W1C 1HF) from 18 August - alongside Mary’s edit of the best of the rest pieces in the store. And, seeing as we like to give you Grazia readers a treat every now and then, we’ve persuaded Mary to open a whole hour early at 8.30am on 18 August – especially for the first 100 of you. You’ll enjoy a champagne breakfast, get to quiz Mary for personalized shopping advice and walk away with a luxury goodie bag with exclusive treats from Mary’s favourite brands. To apply for tickets just visit www.houseoffraser.co.uk/grazia. But hurry - tickets are limited!*
*Winners will be selected at random, rather than first past the post.