DESIGNER PRONUNCIATIONS 101
We all know and love the International designers and we can recognise a red Christian Louboutin sole, a short Alia or Herve Leger dress, a Balmain structured tailored jacket, a stunning floral Giambattista Valli dress, and a Louis Vuitton handbag a mile off, but we often struggle with the correct pronunciations.
So you can join in the next fashion conversation with confidence, The Style Doctor has decoded the names of some of the big International designers. The Style Doctor has presented you with the correct way of saying designer names so you never look silly again.
Is pronounced ah-na swee. The 'ui' is pronounced like a 'w'.
Is pronounced: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah
Is pronounced: badge-lee meesh-kah
Is pronounced: bah-len-see-ah-gah.
Is not pronounced like the Sydney suburb it is actually pronounced bal-MAH-n. The ‘n’ is pronounced softly. In French the second syllable is empasised so the ‘MAH’ sound is strong.
Is pronounced: bow-tay-guh vah-netta
Is pronounced: kris-ti-an luh-kwa. 'Lacroix' is French, so the 'r' is pronounced like a 'w' and the 'x' is silent.
Is pronounced: christian loo-boo-tan
COMME DES GARÇONS
Is pronounced: comb dey gar-SON. The 'n' is pronounced softly and 's' is silent.
Is pronounced: dee-OAR om. The 'h' is silent.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Is pronounced: dol-chey and gab-ana
DRIES VAN NOTEN
Is pronounced: dreeze van not-en. The 's' is pronounced like a 'z' sound, like the ‘s’ in 'ease'.
Is pronpounced: Gee-am-bah-tease-ta Vah-lee
Is pronounced: jee-VOHN-shee. The 'G' is soft and the 'i' in French has a more rounded pronunciation. The 'ch' is pronounced soft, like 'chaise' rather than 'chair'. In French, the emphasis is placed on the second syllable (in this case, 'ven').
Is pronounced: ehr-mez. Hermès is French, so the ‘h’ is silent. While usually in French if a word ends in 's' it is silent, the grave accent on the second 'e' means that the 's' is very softly pronounced.
Is pronounced: ehr-VAY ley-JAY. As with Hermès, the ‘h’ is silent.
Is pronounced: iss-ee mee-yah-key
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Is pronounced: JHON Paul GOH-t-ay. The name Jean in French is like our ‘John’ pronunciation not as in denim wear. The 'l' in 'Gaultier' is silent and the 't' is relatively short.
Is pronounced: lohn-vahn.
Is pronounced: Lo-EE-vay. Although it is a Spanish brand, the name is German (it was started by a German craftsman, Enrique Roessberg Loewe). In German, the 'w' is pronounced as a 'v'.
Is pronouned: lou-ee VWEE-tah-n (soft ‘n’). Remember – silent 's'!
Is pronounced: mar-KAY-sah. The name is taken after an Italian socialite, which explains why the 'c' is hard and the 'h' is silent.
Is pronoucned: mary cat-trant-zoo
Is pronounced: mew-mew
Is pronounced: mo-NEEK loo-lee-air.
Is pronounced: moss-KEY-no. The 'c' has a hard sound, like a 'k' (like 'ski') and the 'h' is silent.
Is pronounced: NEE-ko-la GUESS-key-air. The 's' in Nicholas is silent because it is the last letter in the word.
Is pronounced: o-LIV-ee-air TAY-sken-s. The 't' is hard and the 'h' is silent.
Is pronounced: pro-enza SKOO-ler. The 'ch' is pronounced similarly to the 'ch' in 'school'.
Is pronounced: row-SHAH. The 's' is silent.
Is pronounced: row—DAR-tay. The 'e' is pronounced, making it a three-syllable word.
Is pronounced: Rocks-unda ill-in-chick
Is pronounced: San lor-RAUN. Again, remember the silent 't' in French. For the designer, 'Yves' is pronounced 'eeves'.
Is pronounced: Sal-vah-tor-re Fer-ra-gah-moh
Is pronounced: SCAP-a-reli. The 'c' has a hard sound, and the 'h' is silent, like with Moschino.
Is pronounced: sewn-yah ree-key-el
Is pronounced: tuh-KOON. 'T' is hard with a silent 'h'.
Is pronounced: vur-sah-chee
Is pronounced: vee-oh-nay. The 't' is silent, but since it comes after the 'e', it means the 'e' needs to be pronounced.
Is pronounced: ZANE-ya. The 'g' is mostly silent.