Parlez-vous fashion?


If you’ve been avoiding an haute couture [oat ko-tour] purchase because you fear a fashion mis-statement, then follow along for a phonetic tutorial. 


No need to memorize the lot…you’ll always be able to find this list stored in our post archives, just to the right of this blog, as a long-term reference guide.


I consider it a dynamic, ever-growing list.  So, if you have a pronunciation request, please send a note via the comment section below.


Go forth, child of style, and be confident with that tricky designer vocab.



A

Atelier:   Ah-tell-ee-ay


Abaeté:  Ah-bye-ah-tay


Alber Elbaz of Lanvin:   Al-bear El-bah


Agnès B:   Ahn-yes Beh


Arthur Mendonça:   Arthur Men-doe-sa



Ann Demeulemeester:  Ann Deh-moo-lah-mee-ster


Allessandro Dell’Acqua:  Ala-sand-dro  Del-la-kwa


Alejandro Ingelmo:  Allay-handro In-gel-mo


Andrew Gn:   Andrew Jen 


Azzedine Alaïa:   Azza-deen  Alah-ya


Arthur Mendonça:   Ar-thur Men-doe-sa


Alessandro Dell'Acqua:   Ala-sand-roe del-la-kwa


Anna Sui:   An-na Swee [avoid: Soo-ee]



B

Bvlgari- Bool-gah-ree


Bally:  Bah-li


Byblos:  Beeb-los


Boucheron:  Boo-ke-ron


Baume & Mercier:   Bom-ee  Mer-SEE-yay


Bruno Magli: Brooon-oh Mah-li


Badgley Mischka:  Badge-lee Meesh-ka


Balenciaga:  Bah-len-see-ah-ga


Behnaz Sarafpour:  Beh-naz sah-rah-furr


Bibhu:   Be-poo Mo-ha-pat-tra


Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta


Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree


Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pour-some


Balmain: Bal-mah


Byblos:  Bib-loss



C

Cartier:        Kar-tee-aye


Cacharel:    Cash-er-el


Celine:        Seh-lyn


Chopard:         Sho-parr


Clarins:         Clarans


Cerruti:         Cher-roo-tee


Chaiken:     Chay-ken


Charriol:         SHA-ri-yol


Chanel:     Shuh-nel



Chloé:         Kloh-eh


Cynthia Rowley:   Cynthia Rao-li


Costume National:     Kos-tume Nah-sho-nal


Carolina Herrera:    Caro-lee-na  Ay-reh-ra


Cesare Paciotti:     Chez-a-ray Patch-ott-ee



Christian Louboutin: Krish-tan Loo-boo-tahn


Christian Dior:        Krish-tan Dee-oar


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COMME des GARÇONS: Com-day Gar-soh

Christian Lacroix: Kris-tian La-kwah




D

Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chay Gah-bah-nah


DSquared2: Dee-squared


Donna Karan: Donna Karen


Diane von Furstenberg- Dy-ann  von  Fur-sten-berg


Dior Homme: Dee-oar  Om


Dries Van Noten- Dreeze  Van  Know-ten




E

Ermenegildo Zegna: Air-menah-jil-do Zane-ya


Etro: Eh-tro


Elie Saab:  Eh-li Zahb


Emporio Armani:     Em-pohr-yo  Ar-mah-ni


Etienne Aigner- Eh-tee-yeh  On-yay


Emilio Pucci: EH-mee-lio Poo-chee



F

Fendi: Fend-ee


Furla: Fer-luh


Façonnable:   Fah-so-nahb



G

Georg Jensen:   Jorg Yen-sen


Gareth Pugh: Gar-eth Pew



Guerlain:     Gher-lahn


Givenchy: Jhee-von-she


Giambattista Valli: Jahm-battista Val-ee


Gilles Mendel:    Zheel Men-dell


Giorgio Armani:  Jior-jio Ar-mah-ni


Gianfranco Ferre: Jyan-franco Fair-reh


Giuseppe Zanotti: Joo-zepp-ee  Zan-ott-ee


Gucci: Goo-chee


Guy Laroche: Gee La-roash



H

Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn



Hermès: Air-mehz // Or just as acceptable: Er-may


Hervé Léger: Er-vay Leh-zjay


Hussein Chalayan: Who-sane Sha-lon



I

Isabel Marant:  Ees-ah-bell  Mar-awnt


Issey Miyake:  Ee-say Me-Yah-Kee


Izod:   Eye-zod



J

J. Mendel:   Jay Men-dell


James Perse:  James Purse


Jaeger-Lecoultre:    Yay-ger Leh-koot


Jimmy Choo:  Jim-ee Chew


John Varvatos:  John var-vay-toes


Jaeger:  YAY-guhr


Jean Paul Gaultier:  Zhawn Paul Go-tee-ay


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



K

Kerastase:     Keh-rah-stahs   


Kris Van Assche:  Chris  Van Ash



L

Lacroix:  La-kwah


Lanvin:  Lon-vahn


Longchamp:   Long-shum


Longines:     LOHN-jeens


Lancome:     Lan-kom



L’Occitane:   Lok-si-tan


L’Wren Scott:  Le-ren  Skot


Lambertson Truex:  Lam-bert-son  Tru-ex


Louis Feraud:  Loo-wee Feh-roh


Louis Vuitton:  Lou-ee Veh-tahn



M

Marchesa:  Mar-kay-sa


Manolo Blahnik:  Ma-NO-low BLAH-nick


Madame Gres:   Mah-dam gray


Mainbocher:   Mayn-bo-shay


Missoni:   Miss-oh-nee


Maison Martin Margiela:   Maze-on  Mar-tin  Mar-ghel-a


Moschino:   Mos-keen-o


Miu Miu:   Mew-Mew


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:  Oh-liv-ee-a  Tay-skin


Oscar de la Renta:  Os-car deh-la Ren-ta




P

Prada:    Prah-da


Piaget:   Pya-jay


Poleci:   Policy


Peter Som:   Peter Sahm


Pierre Cardin:  Pee-ay Kah-dan


Piazza Sempione:  Pi-yat-za  Sem-pi-yo-ni


Proenza Schouler:  Pro-enza Skool-er




R

Robert Clergerie: Roh-bear Claire-jer-ee


Ralph Lauren: Ralph LORR-uhn [avoid: Loren, as in Sophia]



Rochas: Ro-chass


Roger Vivier:  Ro-jay Viv-ee-AY


Rodarte: Ro-dart-tay


Raf Simons: Rauph  See-mon



S

Salvatore Ferragamo:  Sal-vah-tor-ay Fer-ah-gah-moh


Sonia Rykiel:   Sonia Ree-kee-el


Shu Uemura:   Shoe Ooh-eh-moorah


Swarovski:   Swore-off-ski


Saucony:     Sock-a-nee



T

Thakoon:  Ta-koon


Thierry Mugler:  Tee-air-ree Moog-lay


Tibi:   Tbi  [avoid Tee-bee]


Tag Heuer:  Tag Ho-yer


Tocca:   Toe-ka



U

Ungaro:  Oon-ga-ro



V

Vivienne Westwood:   Viv-ee-enne West-wood


Versace:   Ver-sah-chay


Vionnet:    Vee-ohn-ay



Y

Yves Saint Laurent:  Eve-sahn  Lore-rahn


YSL Rive Gauche:   YSL Reev Gosh


Yohji Yamamoto:     Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to



Z


Zac Posen:  Zak  Poe-zen





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