See you later Colette / by Cinthia Contreras

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They say all good things come to an end and in a couple of days, Parisian luxury concept store Colette will be shutting its doors for the last time. Since it opened in 1997, Colette has been a must for every fashionista and cool-hunter visiting Paris. As well as carrying certain lines that couldn’t be found anywhere else, the store was also famous for its endless collaborations - from Balenciaga to Barbie, Chanel to Comme des Garçons and McDonald’s to Mira Mikati.

Even though many saw it as a holy grail and hordes of people considered it to be the temple of cool, for others it came to represent institutionalised hype. But regardless, love it or hate it, there was no denying that thanks to its careful selective curation, Colette was a pioneer in its genre and a forerunner in the field. Many emerging designers would have given their right arm and sold every existing family member to get their designs through the rue Saint-Honoré doors.

But in a few days, all this will wind down and the instantly recognisable white and blue bags will be laid to rest. Well almost. Indeed, this is Fashion and as we all know, once you’re in the game you never really leave. The store is closing but there are rumours that it will maintain some kind of online presence. So let’s not bid Colette a teary au revoir just yet. It might be back sooner than we think...

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