Colette is one of the most hyped stores in Paris, and rightly so. This â€œnouveau concept storeâ€? carries everything to refresh your lifestyle â€” from Joe Malone candles to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest c.d. Season after season, since 1997, the store has unmistakably chosen the â€œitâ€? items. It is always on the cutting edge of current trends (even before they become banal) and worthy of any fashionista’s visit.
The ground floor happens to be my favorite (mainly because I can actually afford things here, but also because I am a music fanatic). The back left corner is covered in the current music selection. You can preview any of the cd’s by tinkling with one of the many available iPods (great way to spend a rainy afternoon). This floor also has coffee table books, magazines, candles, jewelry, vintage sunglasses and vinyls, and make-up (but MAC and Khiel’s only).
Continuing upstairs to the main floor, you will be amazed by the minimalist clothing displays. Each mannequin is adorned with the hottest in fashion: Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Mui Mui, Prada, ChloÃ©. But these looks are combined with eccentric accessories (Converse sneakers, Mellow Yellow leather sandals, an Andy Warhol tote). Colette’s â€œsecretâ€? is its ability to combine looks from eclectic sources: the streets, the alternative culture, and the art world.
The basement holds the Colette cafeteria. It is pleasant, well priced, and a great place for a (minimalist) bite to eat.
Colette is not merely a shop, it is a progressive, saavy lifestyle boutique (and the ultimate in cool).
213 rue Saint-HonorÃ©, 75001, Paris, France