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How Many Designers Can You Pronounce?

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Time to ‘fess up, ladies…which designer names have you been completely butchering for years? Which ones are you patting yourself on the back for knowing?

A set of individuals with the most complicated names are designers and fashion labels. So many people mispronounce some of the most famous designer’s names, including the media! I have tried to compile a list of the most commonly mispronounced designer names. It is by no means complete and some are no doubt wrong but it is the closest that I have been able to find! If you have an addition or correction, please let me know! It’s not just for the sake of being polite, it also makes you seem smarter and a lot more sophisticated in higher social circles or when you are talking to others in the fashion industry. So read on fellow Fashionista’s because it’s back to Fashion 101.

A

  1. Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
  2. Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo
  3. Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen (rhymes with “ten”)
  4. Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
  5. Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
  6. Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa

B

  1. Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
  2. Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-AH-gah
  3. Balmain: Bahl-mahhhhn (Important note on French words: Let yourself trail off at the end, so your mouth is in a round shape and you don’t quite get to the “n”; applicable in “lanvin” as well)
  4. Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
  5. Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
  6. Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some

C

  1. Cacharel: Cash-er-el
  2. Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
  3. Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
  4. Chaiken: Chay-ken
  5. Chanel: Shuh-nel
  6. Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin (“tin” rhymes with the French word “vin”)
  7. Christian Dior: Dee-yor
  8. Commes des Garcons: Comb day Garse-on, gentle ‘on’ sound on the end

D

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

E

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

F

  1. Fendi: Fend-ee

G

  1. Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
  2. Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
  3. Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee
  4. Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
  5. Gianfranco Ferre: Sj-yawn-franco Fair-ay
  6. Gucci: Goo-chee
  7. Guy Laroche: Ghee La-roash

H

  1. Haute couture: If you say ‘Hot Kew-ture’ or Kucher, you’ll want to change that to ‘oat ku tour’
  2. Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
  3. Hermès: Air-mez (Another important note: This is definitely not the same pronunciation as the Greek god her-mees)
  4. Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
  5. Hussein Chalayan: Who-sane Sha-lion

I

  1. Issey Miyake: Eees-Ay Me-Yah-Kee not Is-he

J

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

L

  1. Lacroix: La-kwah
  2. Lanvin: Lon-vin (“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)
  3. Loewe: Low-ev-ay
  4. Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Vee-ton (Again, trail off with the “n”)
  5. Lucien Pellat-Finet: Lu-see-en Peh-lought Fin-ay

M

  1. Madame Gres: Madame Gray
  2. Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
  3. Marithe Francois Girbaud: Jer-bo
  4. Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
  5. Missoni: Miss-own-ee
  6. Moschino: Mo-ski-no
  7. Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay

N

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

O

  1. Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins

P

  1. Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
  2. Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er not Schoo-ler

R

  1. Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
  2. Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo
  3. Rodarte: Ro-dart-tay

S

  1. 6267: Six-two-six-seven (not Sixty-two-sixty-seven)
  2. Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel
  3. Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee
  4. Swarovski: swore-off-ski

T

  1. Thakoon: Ta-koon
  2. Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
  3. Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
  4. Tocca: Toe-ka

V

  1. Versace: Ver-saw-chee or Ver-sawch-eh with a soft ‘eh’ on the end NOT Vur-sace
  2. Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay

Y

  1. Yves Saint Laurent: Eve-san-Laur-ahnt (The t’s in both “Saint” and “Laurent” should be barely audible)
  2. Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to


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