August 22 2014

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2 posts tagged "Colette Carnaval"

Colette’s Super Sweet Sixteen


On March 21, 1997, Colette opened its doors on tony Rue Saint-Honoré. Now, sixteen years later, founder Sarah Andelman’s magic touch has helped the concept shop grow into a cult mega-mecca, where skateboards and sneakers mix with wares from Comme des Garçons and Alaïa. It’s become Paris’ premiere shopping destination for the savvy set. But with all her sweet success, Andelman was hesitant to celebrate.

“After last year’s Colette Carnaval (the store pitched a giant tent in the Tuileries Gardens for games and shopping to fete fifteen years), we promised ourselves we’d never do another birthday party,” said Andelman. “But the idea of a sweet sixteen was so appealing that we couldn’t resist celebrating one more time.” Needless to say, Colette celebrated in style. The soiree was held at Le Privilege—the mythic VIP room in Paris’ Le Palace disco, where the likes of Kenzo, Claude Montana, Yves Saint Laurent, and Thierry Mugler boogied away the late seventies and early eighties.

After wading through a sea of pink balloons, Catherine Baba, Carven’s Guillaume Henry, Yaz Bukey, Maison Kitsuné’s Gildas Loaëc, and more performed karaoke throughout the night. For good measure, Colette also had makeup sessions on the balcony and roller girls handing out Marc Jacobs’ new Diet Coke bottles. But it would seem this was actually the after-party—Andelman kicked things off in-store earlier in the day with a selection of special-edition cakes, celebratory T-shirts from Saint James, and postcards from Soledad. Colette’s birthday swag is on sale now, and should keep the store’s sixteen sweet throughout the month of March.

Photos: Virgile Guinard

Colette’s Sweet 15


What do you do when another chic, Champagne-filled bash just doesn’t cut it anymore? Well, if you’re Colette, the Paris superstore that has been packing the coolest fashion, art, and music into one irresistible shopping experience since 1997, turning 15 calls for extraordinary measures. So Colette’s founder, Sarah Andelman, followed suit and thought big for the store’s 15th anniversary celebrations.

This weekend, Colette set up shop in the Tuileries and filled a large tent with 120 stands, manned by brands like Carven, Kenzo, Comme des Garçons, Ed Banger Records, Olympia Le-Tan, and Yazbukey, for its Colette Carnaval, which drew 20,000 people over two days. Inside, it was an old-school (free) carnival, with everything from do-it-yourself piñata-making, a kissing booth, and a photo session with a real live French Barbie, to glow-in-the-dark hula-hooping with Hudson Jeans, a ring toss for a chance to score a flannel hard cap from Julien David, and toy-duck shooting with Carhartt.

Colette’s own stand was doing brisk business, with its Carnaval logo T-shirts and iPhone covers for sale, along with several nail bars and makeup stands, and hamburgers from Paris’s legendary Le Camion Qui Fume. Luck You Art Collective’s Louis Shannon was also in the mix with a 10-euro-per-shirt atelier, and by 6 p.m. on Sunday, all 100 of them were sold out. Shannon, who has been silk-screening shirts since he was 12, met Andelman “on the street in Soho when I was 16,” he tells “She liked our shirts, and she’s followed us ever since.”

Photos: Jan Melka