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Vicky Tiel
VICKY TIEL began designing clothes forty years ago in Paris and still owns a boutique there, as well as dedicated mini-boutiques in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. In fall 2010 she launched a line of cocktail dresses and special occasion wear sold through department stores nationwide. Her memoir, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS: What I Learned in 40 Years about Men, Women, Sex, and Fashion was published by St. Martin’s Press in August 2011.

Entries by Vicky Tiel

Which Marriage Type Are You?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

There are two types of marriages, the piggy back marriage or the marriage with two people side by side but each on separate paths. Side by siders can't piggy back, their paths can separate, often for very wide distances and then suddenly they flow back together. I know I'm one...

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Children Are Changing the World!

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Children are changing the world. I call this new generation the selfie generation.

My generation, the wonderful sixties revolutionary generation, has returned in spirit today with a new name -- the selfie generation. The selfie has the power, the ambition and the tools to radically change the world.

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A Magical Miracle Just Happened to Me and I Have to Share It

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 3:45 PM

A magical miracle just happened to me when a turquoise blue ostrich feather fell from heaven and landed on my upstate New York mountaintop cabin doorstep.

I had been up in the log cabin alone for a week designing dresses and resting for my next HSN TV appearance. I...

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Ed Baynard: An Artist Fighting Against the Ugly Art Trend

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Beauty in art is in the eye of the beholder and today the beholder loves ugly. I have spent a life of loving art and am sad to comment that today contemporary art (more than any other period of human time) loves ugly.

Van Gogh and Rembrandt had very sad...

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If You Want to Look French Chic This Fall, Ladies Buy a Little Red Coat

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Paris shop windows have been invaded by sixties style little red coats. They brighten up the grey tweeds and Mondrian color block stripe patterns of the big coats of last year.
They are worn mini sixties style, four inches above the knee, with classic set in sleeves and...

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70 Is the New 45

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 3:11 PM

70 is the new 45. I should know; I just celebrated my 70th birthday with a gift to myself -- a week in Paris all alone, just to eat, look at the fashion in the windows and art in the galleries and to photograph it all for memory's sake.

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My Recent Visit to the Irving Penn Exhibit "Assignment"

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 1:15 PM

My recent visit to the Irving Penn exhibit "Assignment " at Pace McGill gallery in NY was a real shock. I expected to see Penn's famous Vogue photos of his wife Lisa, and his favorite model Jean Patchett and his colored still life's, but I certainly did not expect to...

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A Green Can Opener Sold in 1977 Opened the World to Home Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:44 PM

An avocado green can electric opener sold on the radio in Clearwater Florida in 1977 was the birth of at-home shopping. I was dumbfounded when I learned this fact at my first class of "How to Sell on TV" taught in St Petersburg, Florida by Bob Circosta at his corporate...

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The Sexual Revolution Started in the Late Fifties in Paris with Two Movies and Two Big Movie Stars

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 11:25 AM

The sexual revolution started in the late fifties in Paris with two movies and two big movie stars: Brigitte Bardot in And God Created a Woman in 1956 and Jean Paul Belmondo in Breathless in 1959.

Brigitte had real sex (to completion) on camera with her co star and...

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There Is No Grey in Paris Fashion This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:48 PM

There is no grey in Paris fashion this summer, only black and white and vivid colors; fushia, magenta, cobalt, lime, tangerine, and rose red.

There are magnificent prints; Sweet English flowers, Icat, African, Tropical, Liberty, Delft Dishes, Splashes of Neon color and even Zuber wallpaper scenes for pants.

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Fashion Historians and Fashionistas Take Note

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Fashion Historians & Fashionistas take note: The mystery of who "invented" or who "created" the wrap dress is forever solved.

You might ask "Does it matter in the scheme of things?" Well, Irving Penn once said "You know you're good when they take your ideas," and Louis Feraud added, "Ideas...

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A Truly Handsome African American Was the Fashion Genius Behind Hermes in Paris. Who knew?

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Very few people ever knew that a black American from Brooklyn via South Carolina was the fashion genius behind the original Hermes in the glamour years of Princess Grace and the '60s.

Jimmy Gibbez, whose movie star good looks managed to help bridge the race rage of the early '50s...

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If You Want Happiness for a Lifetime, Read This!

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 11:59 AM

I have a secret weapon, a happiness "go to" trick that never fails. My "Incredible Lightness of Being" secret.

1. Find a "go to" place near by where you live that has thick, soft, green grass.
2. Take off your shoes and step on the grass barefoot.

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Dear Martha Stewart, Are You Looking for a Man? I Can Help You!

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Dear Martha,

Are you looking for a man? I can help you!

It's been years since we were girlfriends, but I really know how to find men and it's so simple, as they are everywhere!
I've been explaining, "How to get a man,"...

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The World Is Divided Into Two Types of Humans; Artists and Everyone Else

(18) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 6:31 PM

Artists see the world differently than ordinary humans. Artists can have all the money in the world, or no money or some money, but no amount of money can buy their happiness, nor can fame, nor can glory, as no amount of these human pleasures get the artist's joystick going!...

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PINK PARIS Is a Sight for Sore Eyes, or Eyes Tired of the Long Grey Winter

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:58 AM


I arrived in Paris just after a rare snow storm left to find FLUO PINK clothes in all the windows, especially in the men's stores.
Men's ties went pink and lavender in America last year (as seen by all the straight...

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Kidnapping My Parents

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Kidnapping my mother was going to be harder than I first imagined. I needed to harness all my power. The kidnap needed a brilliant plan, a coordinated effort between myself, my son Rex, and my parents' silver Cadillac. After a terrible fall, my mother was a patient in an exclusive...

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God Loves Paris, Too!

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 11:17 AM

A visit to Paris is always full of wonder. You can eat everything you desire all day long and never gain a pound. How? Why? Let me explain. It's simply because God loves Paris, too, and rewards all of us who visit Paris. Those of us who have the joy...

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Elizabeth Taylor's New Year's Eve Tradition

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Elizabeth Taylor's New Year's Eve at home during our "fun years" in the sixties consisted of family, fashion, and food.

Family consisted of her four kids, Michael, Chris, Liza and Maria; a few of Richard Burton's Welsh Jenkins brothers and their wives; his daughter Kate; the dogs, Richard's orange Peekenese,...

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Going Fabulous or Going Barefoot?

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 9:41 AM

How many pairs of shoes does a woman need? Ten pair, a hundred pair or a thousand pair?

I have been collecting shoes since I was 12 and went to my first dance with Jimmy Rowe at Kensington, Maryland Junior High School in an Audrey Hepburn style black suede pump...

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