FRENCH FRIDAY #52: RIVE GAUCHE

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY

Rive Gauche   
French Pronounciation:  | rheev goʃ |

Definition : 
left bank (of the Seine in Paris)


Have you ever been to Paris and heard people talk about the rive gauche vs the rive droite and wondered what the difference was? Well, if you've ever been to New Orleans and heard people talk about the East Bank and the West Bank, both of which are sometimes called the "best bank", then you should probably get the idea!

Rive gauche

The river Seine cuts across Paris, and the south side is called the "rive gauche" or "left bank" while the north side is called the "rive droite" or right bank. The rive gauche is known for its rich intellectual and bohemian history, so it pretty much carries the connotation of "cool". Nowadays neighborhoods like the Quartier latin and the Saint-Germain-Des-Prés are so overrun with tourists that the term rive gauche pretty much refers to a bygone era. As for New Orleans, the east bank will always be the best bank! ;)


Simone: OMG I so love that handbag! 

Amy Lynn: No way! You love MY handbag? Has hell frozen over?

Simone: Uh, no... It's just so rive gauche!

Amy Lynn: I know, and you're a rive droite kinda girl, right, aka uppity and boring?

Simone: OMG noooo!!! Just not weird like you! I'm never giving you a compliment ever again!


Yikes Amy Lynn!

I'm going to New Orleans next week, so if I make it to the West Bank, also known as the Wank, I'll post some comparison photos so you get the idea! ;)

Bonne journée, y'all!
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
Last week I was reading my favorite section of the Wall Street Journal - The Personal Journal. There was a great article on Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent about his new aesthetic and his focus on Los Angeles. Of course minutes later I see on Instagram, Justin Bieber making a shout to to Saint Laurent. So the new Rock-Star style seems to be catching on with the right crowd. 

More importantly a French term stood out to me, and I wondered if everyone knew what it meant exactly, which is why we have La Tasse de Café on the blog. French pops up in Fashion talk all the time and you are just expected to know.

Here we go - It's Fashion week in New York and then London, and then Milan and finally Paris. Do start studying your La Tasse de Café !!

Newspaper scan below - and online article here.


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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.