Looking for Tomorrow's Trends? Head to Colette:
Colette has asserted itself as "the" Paris concept store thanks to an eclectic and edgy mix. This is one of the rare places in the city where you'll see the bling-bling set perusing the racks next to surly hipsters with wide-rimmed glasses. Locals, tourists and the global glitterati flock to Colette to browse trends in men and women's fashion, electronics and design, books and music, or beauty products. Whether you're indulging in "lèche-vitrines" (window shopping in French, or literally "window-licking") or actually buying, a trip to this temple of cool in Paris is highly recommended if you're interested in fashion.
Colette Location and Contact Information:
Address: 213 Rue St. Honoré, 1st arrondissement
Metro: Tuileries, Madeleine or Pyramides
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 35 33 90
On the web: Visit the official site
Main Departments at Colette:
Men's and Women's Fashion: Located on the second floor, the fashion department at Colette features a painstaking selection of the latest looks from big-name and up-and-coming designers. The department offers a selection of both prêt à porter (ready to wear) and couture pieces from designers like Comme des Garcons, Mark Jacobs, Lanvin or Givenchy, in addition to creations from fresh young talent.
Electronics, Jewelry, Music and Books: On the ground floor, design enthusiasts will find prized new items in electronics, jewelry and footwear for men and women. There's also a large selection of books, magazines and music.
The Restaurant and Water Bar at Colette:
In the basement, a restaurant and "water bar" offers a spot for fashionable feet to rest and look fetching. Simple dishes such as tuna salad, ratatouille crumble with parmesan, zucchini gratin or club sandwich are around 17 Euros/$20.
Temporary Exhibits at Colette:
Colette also boasts a small exhibition space on the top floor, showing off works of photography, painting or sculpture from promising young artists.