Though France had its fair share of controversy this year (that whole mess with the maid), Parisian fashion remains remarkably unscathed (Galliano who?).
Taking advantage of that unfaltering acceptance is Cotélac, now open on Fillmore.
The popular French line (with its sister brand, Acoté) brings edgy separates and covetable leather accessories to your fingertips. Mohair knits layer perfectly under soft ribbed tees; sheer dresses with a critter pattern and feminine flutter sleeves are like wearable fairy tales; a sailor-stripe crewneck gets a welcome update with metallic bronze trim.
Visit the store for a direct flight to Paris: Breathe fig-infused air in the bright white space accented by a pebble and terra-cotta tile catwalk inspired by the one in the Marais store. And that sexy crooner you hear? Snag his CD with your purchase (the label partners with an underground French musician each year).
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Cotélac, 1930 Fillmore Street, between Pine and Bush Streets (415-351-0200 or cotelac.fr), $100-$500.
Photo: Courtesy of Cotélac