Vicky Tiel’s Paris Street Journal: Polka Dots Reign

Photos by Ani Berkeley

Paris RTW Fall 2023 fashion week filled the Paris streets with the world’s fashion press showing off their interpretation of what women should wear next on the streets.

It’s all about The SIGNATURE BAG. Never before in my fashion life has owning a NAME handbag been so BIG. But as clothing is selling less and less over the years, the accessory business has taken over, especially for many of the windows of the haute couture shops in Paris.

This year the bags are extraordinary. The top bag to own is the VUITTON POLKA DOT. The colored dots, now the Vuitton signature are even covering two tall buildings in Paris, making for a very happy feeling while walking the streets of Paris during Fashion week.

We all need “HAPPY” with the transport strikes starting at the end of Fashion Week. Watching the women walk the streets with fabulous accessories is indeed, a very happy note.

The long MIDI-ANKLE LENGTH COAT is back, either with a big boxy look or belted as a huge trench. They have been popular for a few years but now they are a CHIC MUST, especially worn with gigantic winter scarves some 6 feet long and 3 feet wide.

BROWN is the New Black. Black is OUT (for now at least and except in leather) and all shades of beige, camel and especially milk chocolate are IT. After the couture handbag, the brown coat is the new big look.

Pink Coats and Snow Leopard Coats in the Winter are beautiful and happy. The world is going through an elongated war, a financial crisis, and climate disasters, and fashion is a way to bring happiness to the world. Just wear pink with a smile and then wear pink with a red scarf red to match your lipstick.

The red patent leather miniskirt à la Courreges is back and was shown in black in the Balmain collection. It was a big trend in the late sixties and will be again, worn under the ankle length long coats for 2023. THE CROPPED TOP, SHOWING 2 inches of MIDRIFF SKIN IS THE LOOK FOR THE YOUNG, EVEN IN FREEZING WINTER.

The oversized tailored blazer jacket (seen at Fall 2023 Saint Laurent show) is the new top, worn over everything from micro miniskirts to very long pleated or full skirts in a contrasting color. The new wide jacket can be anywhere from 3 to 6 inches wider in the shoulder.



The PUFFY 3/4 SLEEVE is seen in tops, suits and gowns.

NAKED IS THE NEWS. The left side slit continues to be seen on long straight gowns showing the entire leg almost up to the waist, worn with nude pantyhose, no panties.

FOR EVENING, long gowns entirely unlined revealing chic underpants is new and seen IN EVERY COLLECTION. It’s great, except maybe for weddings.

THE FULL BALLGOWN SKIRT a la BALENCIAGA 1950s is in, and also at midi length.

The full BALLGOWN SKIRT is worn with a shorter version of the oversized blazer for day and worn with lacy see thru tops for day, even for work under a brown leather mini blazer. The top can be cropped above the waist of the full skirt to show 3 inches of skin.

Georgia May Jagger and Ciara during Fall Fashion Week in platform shoes. THE OVER-SIZED PLATFORM SHOE AND BOOT IS BACK AS WELL AS THE 3 inch PLATFORM HEEL. This is A NEW LOOK as well as 1 inch platform high boots in shiny fab colors.

In honor of PACO RABANNE, my designer friend since 1968 (he was another Cafe Flore gang member) Julien Dossena’s collection featured Paco’s silver lined holes everywhere: in the clothes, suits, jackets, dresses , and not just in leather but now in wool, jersey and fake fur. PACO FOREVER!

Vicky Tiel

Vicky Tiel is an American born French couturier designing since 1964, when she went to Paris with her partner, Mia Fonssagrives. They created a storm with their miniskirts, hot pants and jumpsuits. Vicky did the costumes for 15 films and in 1975 she sold couture to Henri Bendel’s and 45 leading shops In 2011 she joined HSN TV, wrote her first book “Its All About the Dress” and has written a second book “The Absolute Woman It’s All About Feminine Power” which she recently launched on HSN.

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