Repeat After Me

Though I work in management consulting, I’ve always had a great interest in fashion. The unfortunate news is that I don’t always have friends around me to talk about our favorite designers and current industry events. One day I was chatting with a friend via Skype and wanted to talk about the Rodarte girls. Sadly, I stumbled, “Is it Ro-dart-ay or Road-art”? Aghh!

Last year I posted a handy pronunciation guide to help people like me pronounce the names that we don’t say out loud on a regular basis. I found that guide again and wanted to share it with my readers. Hopefully you’ll have better luck than I did!

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[The following guide is from Glamour.com]

Abaete: Ah-bye-ah-tay
Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen
Anna Sui: Anna Swee
Ann Demeulemeester: Ann De-mule-eh-meester
Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-kah
Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-aga
Balmain: Bahl-mahhhhn (IMPORTANT NOTE ON FRENCH WORDS: LET YOURSELF TRAIL OFF AT THE END, SO YOUR MOUTH IS IN A ROUND SHAPE AND YOU DON’T QUITE GET TO THE “N”; APPLICABLE IN “LANVIN” AS WELL)
Behnaz Sarafpour: Beh-nozz Sa-rah-fur
Bottega Veneta: Bow-tay-guh Vah-netta
Christian Lacroix: Christian Luh-qua
Comme des Garcons: Comb-day-gar-sewn
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten
Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Giambattista Valli: Gee-am-bah-tease-ta Valley
Gianfranco Ferre: Gee-ahn-franco Feh-ray
Givenchy: Jee-von-shee
Hermes: Er-mez
Hussein Chalayan: Hoo-sane Sha-lion
Issey Miyake: Iss-ee Mee-yah-key
Jean Paul Gaultier: Zhon Paul Go-tee-ay
Junya Watanabe: June-yah Wot-uh-nah-bee
Lanvin: Lahn-vahhhh…n
Louis Vuitton: Louie Vwee-tahhhhh…n (AGAIN, TRAIL OFF AT THE END WITH THE “N”)
Maison Martin Margiela: May-sohhhh…n Martin Mar-jhell-ah
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sah
Miu Miu: Myoo Myoo
Monique Lhuillier: Monique Loo-lee-ay
Moschino: Mos-key-no
Olivier Theyskens: Oh-liv-ee-ay Tay-skins
Proenza Schouler: Pro-en-zuh Skool-er
Rochas: Row-shah
Rodarte: Row-dar-tay
Sonia Rykiel: Sewn-ya Ree-key-el
Thakoon: Tuh-koon
Versace: Vur-sah-chee
Yigal Azrouel: Yee-goll Az-roo-el
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-gee Yom-ah-mow-toe
Yves Saint Laurent: Eve Sane Laurennnnn…t (THE T’s IN BOTH “SAINT” AND “LAURENT” SHOULD BE BARELY AUDIBLE)

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