A sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for Colette.

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld’s parting gift to Colette, the store that has counted him as its number-one customer for two decades, couldn’t be more fitting: a red-hot sneaker collaboration.

As part of its monthlong takeover of the concept store’s first floor, Chanel will launch an Adidas Hu NMD shoe specially customized by Pharrell Williams for the house. Further stoking anticipation, it has yet to release an image of the design, though unofficial photos have been circulating on streetwear feeds.

The music star is featured in the advertising campaign for Chanel’s Gabrielle bag, has walked the runway for the brand and once composed a song for a Lagerfeld-directed Chanel film, but this marks the first time Williams has designed a product for the label.

Other exclusives include limited-edition T-shirts designed by Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel since 1983, and a music compilation by Michel Gaubert, who designs the soundtracks for its runway shows.

Chanel will take up residency at Colette from Oct. 30 to Nov. 25, and the store will close its doors for good on Dec. 20.

Inspired by Lagerfeld’s Antiquity-themed cruise collection, the decor of its pop-up will consist of a backdrop of draped ecru canvas punctuated by Plexiglas niches showcasing ready-to-wear and accessories.

Items from the fall collection will drop on Oct. 30, with the cruise collection set to follow on Nov. 6. Barrie, the Chanel-owned cashmere specialist, will also be showing a selection of fall knitwear pieces.

The brand is planning a series of happenings through November. Chanel ambassador Caroline de Maigret will deliver a talk on style and allure, while fashion journalist Daphné Hézard will welcome friend of the brand from the worlds of film, literature, music and dance every Tuesday and Thursday for a podcast.

Chanel’s creative makeup and color designer Lucia Pica will host a beauty talk, while other events will include make-up tutorial workshops held every Friday, live-action painting by American graffiti artist Futura 2000 and a showcase concert by the French-Cuban group Ibeyi.

Chanel plans to donate profits from the Colette pop-up to charity organizations supported by the Chanel Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting women as agents of social change throughout the world.

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