“Kate Middleton’s no fashion icon” says Mary Portas

Mary Portas has branded the female cabinet members an ‘ugly bunch’.

In an outspoken interview with this week’s heat magazine, Mary said: “If I were PM I’d bloody restyle all those women. I mean, the female cabinet, what an ugly bunch. I would restyle them. Do you know, I could not look at them. I couldn’t look at them! I go in for meetings now and they do dress up for my meetings, but I just want to go, “Pleeease. No. Not that necklace. Not that skirt.””

She added: “You look at French women and they’re, like, wow, aren’t they? What do we have? I’d say let’s just put a bit of sex and glamour in there.”

Mary also admits to being a big fan of Dragon’s Den panelist Hilary Devey. She revealed: “I’ve become a big Hilary Devey fan. That voice after 60 fags… That can only be 60 fags. In a camp way, it suits her, doesn’t it? In a really camp way, it slightly borders on caricature and ’80s glamour and power dressing. What can you say? It’s her. I wouldn’t restyle her. I think the press were a bit mean at first, but they’ve come to like her, because she’s good on that show and seems like a good person. She wants to cut back on the fags, though, because she won’t be able to do this much longer.”

She added: “Funnily enough, someone said to me recently, “Oh, Hilary Devey would really love to meet you.” I just think we’d have a really good laugh.”

Commenting on Kate Middleton’s status as a fashion icon, Mary doesn’t hold back. “Is that fashion?”, she said. “I think she’s done an incredible job globally, but I do not know how you can say she is a fashion icon. I just don’t get that.”

The full interview appears in this week’s heat magazine, on sale now (Tuesday).