Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Cup of Fashion Soup for the Soul..

In order to get myself out of my sad disposition, due to my beloved dog passing, I went to my fashion book library in my house and sank in fashion for hours. Don't judge, at least it wasn't food, drugs, or alcohol.
I don't know when I actually started following designers and their history. But, I do have enough books about them to constitute as a collection, One of the things I try my best to do is to find out the pronunciation of the label. It is so embarrassing to mispronounce something you are paying a lot of money for. So, I found a simple guideline for you're reading pleasure.


  1. Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
  2. Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-AH-gah
  3. Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
  4. Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
  5. Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some
  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

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

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

  1. Fendi: Fend-ee

  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

  1. Haute couture: If you say ‘Hot Kew-ture’ or Kucher, you’ll want to change that to ‘oat ku tour’

  2. Hermès: Air-mez
  3. Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay

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

  1. Jean Paul Gaultier: Sj-awn Paul Goat-ee-ay

  2. Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay

  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 Voo-ee-ton

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

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

  1. Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins

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

  1. Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)

  2. Rodarte: Ro-dart-tay


  1. Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel

  2. Swarovski: swore-off-ski

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

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

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