FRENCH FRIDAY #51: Garçonne

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Garçonne   
French Pronounciation:  | gar sunn|

Definition :  flapper


When I heard Miss Jenée Sais Quoi was going to Atlantic City, all I could think about was... Steve Buschemi! If you must ask why, then I assume you haven't started watching Boardwalk Empire yet! Steve Buscemi, normally quite possibly one of the most unattractive dudes, is so completely and utterly HOT as the corrupt treasurer of none other than Prohibition-era Atlantic City. And while I'm sure the AC of today rocks some interesting fashion, I kinda think the 20s, with it's bootleggers and garçonnes, was its heyday. What's a garçonne, you ask?

It's the French word for boy - garçon - feminized. Flappers, or garçonnes, like these girls, played a big role in the women's lib
movement, and part of that meant wearing looser, more masculine clothing - not exactly what one can expect to see in the AC of today! See Wednesday's Outfit post for more up to date AC wear. 

Well, what do you know, Simone and Amy Lynn are going to Atlantic City. 


Simone: I can't believe we're going to Atlantic City. I'm totally gonna wear my flapper dress! 

Amy Lynn: WTF?! Which century do you live in?

Simone: Well, on Boardwalk Empire, I love the whole garçonne look...

Amy Lynn: Woah! Hold up? That was, like, a thousand years ago or something! And wait a second! Garçon? Doesn't that mean "waiter"?

Simone: Um, no! Garçon means boy, and it's totally rude to call a waiter that! Garçonne is French for flapper girl or for tomboy.

Amy Lynn: Whatever! I don't see the difference!

(Simone rolls her eyes)


So what about you? Are you totally in love with Steve Buscemi, and do you wish Atlantic City was still the land of garçonnes?!


Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
So it would seem that Atlantic City has always been host to some outlandish fashion. Today's fashion may not seem as romantic as the days of flapper fashion - though perhaps in another century, another blogger will be yearning for the nostalgic days of tight spandex dresses, animal print everything and overly tanned skin.

What has remained constant is the sparkle! I saw more than one glittery platform stiletto and I was adding to the sparkle with my sequin tank top

If you have not watched Boardwalk Empire the fashion really is phenomenal. My personal favorite is the lingerie, imported directly from Paris. Here are a few shots to start your weekend. 






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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

Photography by Peter Koloff 
Wardrobe on Mlle Love and JSQ provided by: KATYBELLE.COM