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Friday, January 9, 2009

Back to School

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

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

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

D
Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chay
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten

E
Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
Etro: Eh-troF
Fendi: Fend-eeG
Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee
Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
Gianfranco Ferre: Sj-yawn-franco Fair-ay
Gucci: Goo-chee
Guy Laroche: Ghee La-roash

H
Haute couture: If you say ‘Hot Kew-ture’ or Kucher, you’ll want to change that to ‘hot ko-tur’
Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
Hermès: Air-mez
Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
Hussein Chalayan: Who-sane Sha-lion

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

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

L
Lacroix: La-kwah
Lanvin: Lon-vin (“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)
Loewe: Low-ev-ay
Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
Lucien Pellat-Finet: Lu-see-en Peh-lought Fin-ay

M
Madame Gres: Madame Gray
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
Marithe Francois Girbaud: Jer-bo
Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
Missoni: Miss-own-ee
Moschino: Mo-ski-no
Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay

N
Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air O
Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins

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

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

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

T
Thakoon: Ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca: Toe-ka

V
Versace: Ver-saw-chee or Ver-sawch-eh with a soft 'eh' on the end NOT Vur-sace
Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay Y
Yves Saint Laurent: Eve-san-Laur-ahnt
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to

Thank you Chic Spy.