For lovers of effortless French style - a striped Breton here, a flat mule there, the coolest denim paired with a chic black leather jacket - the news that French style mecca, Colette is closing its doors after 20 years is a big sartorial blow. Street style and Instagram is going to be a very different landscape with no Colette to buy wardrobe and lifestyle updates from.

The store was opened in 1997 on Rue Saint-Honoré by Colette Roussaux and her daughter Sarah Andelman and quickly gained a reputation for offering a cool, clever, covetable edit of fashion, quirky lifestyle items and cutting-edge collaborations. Roussaux and Andelman still live in an apartment above the store but in recent years Roussaux has delegated the majority of the boutique business to her daughter. Andelman is renowned for her fierce fashion eye and regularly stocks up-and-coming designers before they become household names (Proenza Shouler, Simone Rocha and Rodarte).

According to The Guardian, there was no hint the store was closing with a very recent Balenciaga collaboration causing a "fashion frenzy" among the style set desperate to own a piece of the exclusive lifestyle collection which included branded lighters and coffee mugs.

Balenciaga x Colette collaboration

The boutique is popular with even the most discerning of fashion and style icons such as Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, who is frequently spotted browsing their wares.

Business of Fashion reports Colette issued the following message, "As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20 of this year... Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette." According to the article Saint Laurent is "...in talks to take over the Rue Saint-Honoré location."

In signature Colette form, the store is going out in style with upcoming collaborations planned with H&M, Sacai, Thome Browne, Chanel and Saint Laurent before doors close on December 20.

This news is a major blow to French girl style