Cesare Paciotti's Donna

The world of fashion is glamorous, exciting, colorful, luxurious and complicated. While it’s frustrating enough not being able to afford every designer piece that catches our fancy, a true blue fashionista couldn’t also afford to commit a faux pas by mispronouncing a name or label in the ever growing industry. New designers sprout every now and then, adding to the already long list of names to be familiar with.

Here’s a list of commonly mispronounced designer names that might come in handy when you’re in the middle of some fashion tête-à-tête in your social circle. The idea is to sound smart, so just a piece of advice: if you don’t know the right way to say it, ask or don’t say anything! You wouldn’t want to be remembered as the one who struggled pronouncing Lucien Pellat-Finet over coffee, would you?

Tidbit: The word 'pronounce' is a verb, but the O is omitted for the noun: 'pronunciation.'

A

Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
AG Adriano Goldschmied: gold-SHMEED
Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo
Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen
Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa

B

Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
Bebe: Bee-bee
Benhaz Sarafpour: ben-oz sah-rafpoor
Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-AH-gah
Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
Bvlgari: Bull-gah-ree
Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pohr-some

C

Cacharel: Cash-er-el
Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
Chaiken: Chay-ken
Chanel: Shuh-nel
Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tan
Christian Dior: Dee-yor
Commes des Garcons: Comb day Garse-on(g)

D

Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chay
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten

E

Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
Etro: Eh-tro

F

Fendi: Fend-ee

G

Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
Giuseppe Zanotti: Gee-zepee Zanottee
Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee
Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
Gianfranco Ferre: Sj-yawn-franco Fair-ay
Gucci: Goo-chee
Guy Laroche: Ghee La-roash

H

Haute couture: Oh ko-tur
Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
Hermès: Air-mez
Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
Hussein Chalayan: Who-sane Sha-lion

I

Issey Miyake: Eees-Ay Me-Yah-Kee

J

Jean Paul Gaultier: Sj-awn Paul Goat-ee-ay
Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock
Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay

L

Lacroix: La-kwah
Lanvin: Lon-vin
Loewe: Low-ev-ay
Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
Lucien Pellat-Finet: Lu-see-en Peh-lought Fin-ay

M

Madame Gres: Madame Gray
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
Marithe Francois Girbaud: Jer-bo
Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
Missoni: Miss-own-ee
Moschino: Mo-ski-no
Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay

N

Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air

O

Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins

P

Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er

R

Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren
Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo
Rochas: Ro-chass
Rodarte: Ro-dart-tay

S

6267: Six-two-six-seven
Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel
Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee
Swarovski: swore-off-ski

T

Thakoon: Ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
Tibi: Tbi
Tocca: Toe-ka
Tufi Duek: Too-fee Do-eck

V

Vacheron Constantin: va-sha-RON con-ston-TAN
Versace: Ver-saw-chee or Ver-sawch-eh
Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay

Y

Yves Saint Laurent: Eve-san-Laur-ahnt
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to


LOUIS VUITTON Bag Styles:

Anouchka: Ah-nush-ka
Boulogne: Boo-lon
Broome: Brom
Cles: Clay
Damier: Dahm-yay
Deauville: Doe-veel
Epi: Ep-ee
Houston: House-tun
L'Aimable: Lay-MOB (with a hint of an "L" at the end)
L'Extravagant: Lex-trav-uh-gont
Le Fabuleux: Fab-yoo-luh
L'Imprevisible: Lam-pray-vee-zeeb
L'Ingenieux: Lan-jen-yuh
Le Talentueux: Tah-LEN-tuh
Nice: Neese
Noe: No-ay
Papillon: Pah-pee-yon
Pochette: Poh-shet
Porte Monnaie: Port Mo-nay
Porte Tresor: Port Tre-zor
Reade: Reed
Sologne: Sa-lon
Soufflot: Sue-flow
Trouville: Troo-veel
Vernis: Ver-nee

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7 comments:

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Oh Man . . . . loving those purple heels - red heels are my favorite, though!!!

bingkee said...

A great informative list.

iris said...

hehe this is very very useful :) at least you avoid embarrassment talking to fashionistas :)

Badet said...

This is one cool post! I will definitely take note of "Dahm-yay" and "Ver-nee", hehe.

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

Love the purple...fab. Great list...apparently...I have been butchering some of those names.

Online Printing Company said...

Oh my god. I felt my tongue twisting while I was pronouncing those names! Haha~ thanks! I'd study those pronunciation.

Anonymous said...

Hang on -

BVLGARI - bull-gah-ree
Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree POHR-some (r is silent)
Christian Louboutin: Loo-bee-tuhn (listen to JLO's song)
Commes des Garcons: Comb day Garse-on(g)

I love the LV bag terms. What about Azur? :) very helpful! :)

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