Are You Pronouncing Your Fashion Lingo Correctly?
Mispronouncing the biggest names in the fashion scene is an embarrassing faux pas that you don’t want to get caught making. It’s almost as bad as wearing a hideous pair of Crocs.
But your days of butchering major brand names and fashion-speak has finally come to an end. Now, you can tell your friends about your new zhee-von-she bag or your gair-lahn perfume when they ask about it. What’s the latest in oht koo-tyoor? Why, darling, anything sheek, of course!
Here are some of the most commonly mispronounced words in fashion and beauty, plus a phonetic guide on how to say them right!
Agnès B — ann-yes-bay
Balenciaga — bah-len-cee-ah-ga
Bulgari — buhl-guh-ree
Chic — sheek
Christian Louboutin — christian loo-boo-tahn
Dolce & Gabbana — dole-chey and guh-bah-na
Guerlain — gair-lahn
Haute couture — oht koo-tyoor
Hedi Slimane (ex-creative director for Yves Saint Laurent and Dior Homme) — ed-ee slim-ahn
Hermés — air-mez
Hervé Leger — air-vay lay-jah
Issey Miyake — ee-say mee-ah-kay
Jean Paul Gaultier — zhon paul go-tee-ay
Lanvin — lahn-vahn
L’occitane en Provence — lox-ee-tan on pro-vaunce
Louis Vuitton — loo-ee vwee-tahn
Marchesa — mar-kay-zuh
Moschino — mos-kee-no
Nicolas Ghesquière (creative director of Louis Vuitton) — nee-coh-la guess-k-yair
Olivier Rousteing (creative director of Balmain) — oh-liv-ee-aye rhoos-tain
Ombre — om-bray
Proenza Schouler — pro-en-za skool-er
Ruching — roosh-ing
Shu Uemura — shoe eew-ay-murah
Versace — ver-sa-chee
How many did you get right? What are some other names and words in fashion that we’ve been mispronouncing? Share your inputs in the Comments section below!