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Fashion Phonetics

FLARE’s ultimate guide to pronouncing the most butchered names in fashion


Fashion Phonetics
FLARE’s ultimate guide to pronouncing the most butchered names in fashion

Fashion Phonetics


 
Fashion Phonetics

Photo: Anthea Simms

Say My Name, Say My Name

You know your Alexander McQueen from your Alexander Wang, but sometimes the international chic scene can leave you stumped – Is Proenza pronounced Shooler or Skooler par example? Enter Fashion Phonetics: FLARE’s guide to some of the hottest—and most butchered—names in fashion.
(Hint, it’s the latter!)

Find the fashion name game here

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N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U     V     W     X     Y     Z

Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
Agyness Deyn: Ag-ness Dean
Akris: Ah-krees
Alber Elbaz: Al-behr Elle-baz
Alejandro Ingelmo: Ah-lay-han-dro In-jell-mo
Alessandro Dell’Acqua: Ah-less-san-dro Dell-lack-wa
Ann Demeulemeester: Anne Duh-muh-le-mees-ter
Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
Aquascutum: Ah-kwa-skoo-tum
Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa
Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen (rhymes with “pen”)
Anya Hindmarch: Awn-ya Heind-march
Armani Privé: Are-mahn-ee Pree-vay

Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-a-ga
Balmain: Bahl-mahn
Bebe: Bee-bee
Behnaz Sarafpour: Bay-naz Seh-raf-poor
Bottega Veneta: Bo-ttayga Ven-e-ta
Burberry Prorsum: Burr-bury Proar-sum

Carolina Herrera: Care-o-lee-na Her-air-ra
Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
Chaiken: Chay-ken
Charriol: Sha-ree-ol
Chloé: Klo-ay
Christian Louboutin: Kris-tyen Loo-boo-tahn (rhymes with the French word “vin”)
Coco Rocha: Ko-Ko Row-sha
Consuelo Castglioni: Kon-sway-low Cass-till-e-an-ee

Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chay and Gab-bah-nah
Doo.Ri: Doo-ree
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-tin

Elsa Schiaparelli: EL-sa She-a-pa-REHL-lee
Erdem Moralioglu: Ur-demm Mor-al-e-o-glue
Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya

Gareth Pugh: Gare-eth Pew
Giambattista Valli: Jam-ba-tee-sta Valley
Giles: Jylez (not Gillies as it was once pronounced by an intern)
Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee (not Ga-vin-chee a la Whitney Port)
Giuseppe Zanotti: Ji-sepe-ee Za-not-ee

Halston: Hall-stun
Hanii Y: Han-ee Y
Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-main
Hermès: Air-mez
Hervé Léger: Uhr-vay Lay-zhay
Hussein Chalayan: Who-sane Sha-lie-an

Irina Lazareanu: Eye-ree-na La-za-ree-new

Jean Paul Gaultier: Jawn Paul Go-tee-eh
Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock
Juergen Teller: Yur-gen Tell-ler

Kwiat: Kwee-aht

Lanvin: Lawn-vahn (rhymes with “vin,” as in the French word for “wine”)
Loewe: Low-ev-aeh
Louis Vuitton: Loo-wee Vee-than

Madame Grès: Ma-dam Gray
Manbocher: Mayn-bow-shay
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
Miu Miu: Mew Mew
Miuccia Prada: Mee-ew-cha Praa-daa
Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay
Moschino: Mo-ski-no

Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-see-so Raw-dree-gez
Net-A-Porter: Net-A-Por-tay (rhymes with prêt-a-porter, en francais s’il vous plait!)
Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Jess-kee-air

Olivier Theyskens: Oh-liv-ee-yay Tay-skins

Pauric Sweeney: Pore-ig Swee-knee
Phi: Fee
Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Kar-dain
Proenza Schouler: Pro-en-za Skool-er

Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bow
Rodarte: Row-dar-tay

Sonia Rykiel: Sawn-ya Ree-kee-eel
Sophia Kokosolaki: So-fee-ah Ko-ko-sa-lah-kee

Thakoon: Ta-koon
Thien Le: Tee-yen Lay
Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Mew-glur
Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca: Toe-ka
Tse: Say

Versace: Vur-sah-chee
Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay

Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-toe
Yves Saint Laurent: Eev-Sayn Lorahn (the T is silent)

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