In its 20 years of stellar existence, Paris über-boutique Colette has done many interesting collaborations with the top names in fashion design, not least Saint Laurent. At the end of this year, and to every fashionista’s regret, Colette is to close, after founder Colette Roussaux’s decision to retire, although the store is run by her daughter Sarah Andelman. But even at the last minute Colette is breaking new ground – its last collaboration will be the first that Saint Laurent’s current designer, Anthony Vaccarello, has done.
Vaccarello’s collections so far have concentrated on a showy, 21st-century version of Yves Saint Laurent’s 1980s and black leather-clad beatnik-girl phases but the Colette collaboration has a much wider remit. Andelman has engineered a number of designer links that fulfil CoIette’s principle of stocking something for everyone, and not just at the highest level, as illustrated by last summer’s highly successful Balenciaga collaboration. This final hurrah follows the same pattern.
Taking over much of the store’s first floor, prime party pieces from the winter collection are joined by limited edition never-to-be-repeated “souvenir” items, co-signed Saint Laurent x Colette. These include rock-icon and slogan T-shirts (€320) and hoodies (€590); a tasselled, black cross-body bag (€1,190); small leather items with Saint Laurent’s signature red heart motif (from €225); and monochrome slogan canvas tote bags (€75) and lighters (€5).
The idea goes further, to signature items from other brands across a wide price range that have been reimagined by Vaccarello to incorporate typical Saint Laurent features. These vary from a Total Black Vespa (€6,900) or black speakers (€295) and headphones (€565) by Bang and Olufsen to leopard-print and logoed skateboards (€195) by Arkaic Concept, heart-shaped chocolates by Pierre Marcolini (€49) and a calendar of Saint Laurent fashion images by photographer David Sims (€195). In store and online from now until December 20, Colette’s final day, these items to adorn the home as well as the wardrobe will be in high demand, representing as they do the end of an era.