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“Blink” Retail: Colette’s Surprise

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Colette's surprise

Colette's surprise

Have you €20 to spend willy nilly? Well, if you’re shopping  in Colette the answer is probably yes. We spotted this genius marketing ploy set up right by the front door, just to tempt you on the way out should you still have any cash left on your person after perusing this high fashion mecca.

What better way to firstly, part your customers from a few more euros, and secondly shift all sorts of random dead stock.

I must admit to picking up a couple and giving them a good shake to see if they seemed worth the investment. To be honest, they were quite light and didn’t have the enticing level of expensive rattle that I was hoping for. I mean, you could spend €20 and end up choosing a bag full of stale midget gems (or the French equivalent). So, if any of you jet set fashionistas who have actually been drawn in to grabbing one of these bags, I’d love to know what you got. Trick or treat?

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“Blink” Travels: China in Paris, Astier de Villatte

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

You may think that the only reason to head to Rue Saint-Honoré is to hit Colette and all the other big name fashion boutiques. Well, I have news for you. After Merci and le Bon Marche, there is another store that I always try to get to when in gay Pareeee, and that’s the Astier de Villatte store at the Louvre end of Rue Saint-Honoré, just along from Cafe Ruc.

Its a tiny store and you could easily pass it by, but I urge you to search it out and pop in to this crazy little emporium if you are in vicinity. Aside from all of the gorgeous, milky glazed, artfully wonky, ultra stylish crockery, you’ll find their amazing scented candles and body products, alongside some quirky curios that change every time I pop in there. It’s always an inspiration, from the store windows to the tiny back room, stacked high with amazing platters and decorative ‘objets’.

 the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

Astier de Villatte, Paris

Astier de Villatte, Paris

If you’re not off to Paris but would still like to have a look at the Astier de Villatte range, then Liberty have a great selection.

For more on our travels, just have a look here.

“Blink” Travels: Anya at Colette

Friday, October 12th, 2012

When Colette makes a strong fashion statement, the fashion world listens intently. The statement Colette was making in one of it’s main windows this week, was that it loves the kitsch chic of the fabulous Anya Hindmarch ‘Marano’ clutch bags.

These are packaged like something you were saving your pocket money up for so you could add some brilliant bling to your Sindy doll’s wardrobe. Looking like retro fun, but priced to be really quite a serious investment, these tread a pretty fine line from a taste perspective. I must admit that if money was no object, I would have bought all 3 versions of the ‘Marano’. There’s the fabulous snow globe version, the music box and one that lights up… but then I do love a bit of kitsch, and fashion is supposed to be fun sometimes.

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

For more on “Blink”s travels, click here. For more on accessories, click here.

Blink Details: Bringing Sexy Back

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Its an exciting new focal point that we have noted over the past month or so, and our trip to Paris managed to seal the deal. The back is the new front, ladies and gentlemen. Its official. From the nape of your neck down to the top of your tushy. Whether a peak, a flash, a slash or the full reveal, its all about the back, baby. Its a really exciting addition to some otherwise simplistic silhouettes on many occasions. You see the front view and think “Well, that’s a perfectly nice, but rather plain, Tshirt/ shift dress/ blouse etc” and then you see the rear view and your heart speeds up and your pupils dilate. Its sexy, but in a whole new way. Its subtle, chic and really quite sophisticated.

So, we encourage you to put your back into it, back us up, don’t be backwards in being forwards. Sorry… ahem, we got a little carried away then. Just do it. Its sexy and you’ll look hot. What more is there to say?

YSL, Paris

YSL, Paris

Pucci

YSL, Paris

vintage at Porte de Vanves, Paris

vintage at Porte de Vanves, Paris

Azzaro at Colette, Paris

Kenzo

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Blink Travels: Paris Graphic, Le Monochrome!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here’s almost our final hit of inspiration from Paris. We do have a wee bit more for you tomorrow..

This one is for you guys who are more graphically oriented. We really love street art, and Paris has a very special take on it. We found some really beautifully executed stickers and posters, as well as stencils and sketches. The over riding mood was monochromatic, with the odd flash of colour. Here are our favourites for you.

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Paris

Colette, Paris

For more on graphics, just click here. For more on Paris, click here. Enjoy!

Pattern- Mini Floral, Maxi Impact

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

So now we have to step back in time slightly ‘cos we had some good stuff lined up for the blog which we set aside while covering London Fashion Week. Hope you don’t mind!

This is one from our Paris trip to attend PV and do a little inspirational retailing. We popped into Colette– well, it would have been rude not to! Actually, its a must unless you want to be the only bod in the whole global fashion industry not to have scrummed amongst the mannequins to try and divine the season’s key messages. This most important looks are featured in the store windows, and this time they had decided to showcase the brilliantly talented, London based designer, Erdem. His impeccable taste in pattern, microscopic attention to detail and innovative silhouettes all combine to create something really quite wonderful.

According to a few of the printers we spoke with who were showing at Indigo within PV, clients were returning from a trip to Colette excitedly purchasing every bit of artwork that closely resembled this look. Expect to see variations on this look from now into Spring Summer 2011…

Erdem in the window of Colette

Erdem in the window of Colette

Blink Travels- Thank you Paris

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

So, once we had managed to drag ourselves out of the hotel (due to Mama Shelter’s super comfy beds and nothing to do with the cocktails!) we set out to the Marais, our favourite area of Paris. We were on the search for excitement and we weren’t disappointed when we discovered the new style mecca, Merci.

We’d read a few articles and were very excited, yet amazingly this beautiful store exceeded our high expectations. We think Merci is the most brilliant Parisian fashion retail arrival since Colette. It combines an arty, artisanal, almost folky vibe with an absolutely up to the moment fashion feel. With three of the four floors dedicated to home, this is a lifestyle store far more than a fashion retailer. The clothing and accessories offer, covering womens, mens and kids, may be small but it’s perfectly formed. Combining vintage with cutting edge brands this store manages to be innovative whilst utterly commercial.

Merci is beautifully presented in a bright and airy warehouse style space around a small courtyard. A cafe in the second hand book department is the last word in relaxed chic. The florist section is rustically charming. The central store display of crockery suspended on ribbons is almost fairytale. In every section there are small, charming and creative touches that are not to be missed.

It’s a must addition to your Paris address book. We feel sure you’ll be saying ‘Thank you’ for Merci too.

Merci

Merci

central store display, Merci

central store display, Merci

the courtyard, Merci

the courtyard, Merci

Used Bookshop and Cafe, Merci

Used Bookshop and Cafe, Merci