Sunday, January 12, 2014

How To Pronounce Common Designer Names

Here at Splendicity we are constantly thinking about, loving, admiring and waxing poetically about all the famous and sometimes not so famous, designers in the fashion and beauty industry. We write about their stunning clothes, the dazzling jewels, the mile high heels, the fabulous handbags and everything in between.

With all these top designers being written about, have you ever given thought as to how to properly pronounce designer names? Sure some of them just roll off the tongue but you have to admit, a few of those names don’t sound at all like how they’re spelled. 
I thought it would be helpful to make a list of some of the more well known and oft confused designer names and how to pronounce them, so here goes!

Anya Hindmarch : ahn-ya heind-march

Badgley Mischka : badge-lee meesh-ka
Balenciaga : bah-len-see-ah-gah
Balmain : bal-mah Bebe : bee bee
Bottega Veneta : bo-tega ven-e-ta
Bulgari : bull-ga-ree
Burberry Prorsum : bur-bur-ree pror-some

Carolina Herrera : caro-leena hair-era
Chanel : shuh-nel
Christian Lacroix : la-kwa
Christian Louboutin : loo-boo-tahn (‘h’ is silent)
Comme des Garçons : comb day gar-son

Dior : dee-or
Diane von Furstenberg : pronounced like its spelled
Dolce & Gabbana : dole-chay gab-bon-a

Emilio Pucci : ee-mee-lee-oh pu-chee
Etienne Aigner : eh-tee-yen on-yay

Givenchy : jsee-vawn-chi
Gucci : goo-chee

Hermès : err-mez
Hervé Léger : air-vay lay-jay

James Perse : pronounced like “purse”
Jean Paul Gaultier : zhan paul go-tee-ay

Lambertson Truex : lam-bert-son tru-ex
Lanvin : lon-vawn OR lon-vahn
Louis Vuitton : loo-wee vwe-tahn OR vhee-tawn

Marchesa : mar-kay-sa
Moschino : mo-ski-no
Monique Lhuillier : mo-neek loo-lee-ay
Madame Gres : mah-dam gray

Narciso Rodriguez : nar-si-so rod-ree-gus OR rod-ri-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière : ni-co-la guess-ki-air

Prada : prah-da Pierre Cardin : pee-air car-dain
Proenza Schouler : pro-enza skool-er

Ralph Lauren : Lauren (like the girl’s name, not lo-ren)
Rodarte : row-dar-tay

Sonia Rykiel : saun-ya ree-kee-eel

Thakoon : ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: tee-air-ree moog-lay
Tibi : tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca : toe-ka

Ungaro : oon-ga-ro

Versace : ver-sah-chee OR ver-saw-chay

Yves Saint Laurent : eve san-lor-ron

Zac Posen : poe-zen

Whew! Did you get tongue tied? Just a bit of practice and soon you’ll be saying these designer names with the greatest of ease.

If you’d like to add to this list or correct it, feel free to comment below!

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