Here at Splendicity we are constantly thinking about, loving, admiring and waxing poetically  about all the famous and sometimes not so famous, designers in the fashion and beauty industry.  We write about their stunning clothes, the dazzling jewels, the mile high heels, the fabulous handbags and everything in between.

With all these top designers being written about, have you ever given thought as to how to properly pronounce designer names?  Sure some of them just roll off the tongue but you have to admit, a few of those names don’t sound at all like how they’re spelled. ;)  I thought it would be helpful to make a list of some of the more well known and oft confused designer names and how to pronounce them, so here goes!

Images: Dior, Lanvin, Rodarte

Images: Dior, Lanvin, Rodarte, Balenciaga

Anya Hindmarch : ahn-ya heind-march
Badgley Mischka : badge-lee meesh-ka
Balenciaga : bah-len-see-ah-gah
Balmain : bal-mah
Bebe : bee bee
Bottega Veneta : bo-tega ven-e-ta
Bulgari : bull-ga-ree
Burberry Prorsum : bur-bur-ree pror-some
Carolina Herrera : caro-leena hair-era
Chanel : shuh-nel
Christian Lacroix : la-kwa
Christian Louboutin : loo-boo-tahn (‘h’ is silent)
Comme des Garçons : comb day gar-son
Dior : dee-or
Diane von Furstenberg : pronounced like its spelled
Dolce & Gabbana : dole-chay gab-bon-a
Emilio Pucci : ee-mee-lee-oh  pu-chee
Etienne Aigner : eh-tee-yen on-yay
Givenchy : jsee-vawn-chi
Gucci : goo-chee
Hermès : err-mez
Hervé Léger : air-vay lay-jay
James Perse :  pronounced like “purse”
Jean Paul Gaultier :  zhan paul go-tee-ay
Lambertson Truex : lam-bert-son tru-ex
Lanvin : lon-vawn OR lon-vahn
Louis Vuitton : loo-wee vwe-tahn OR vhee-tawn

Images: Zuma Press

Images: Zuma Press

Madame Gres : mah-dam gray
Marchesa : mar-kay-sa
Moschino : mo-ski-no
Monique Lhuillier : mo-neek loo-lee-ay
Narciso Rodriguez : nar-si-so rod-ree-gus OR rod-ri-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière : ni-co-la guess-ki-air
Prada : prah-da
Pierre Cardin : pee-air car-dain
Proenza Schouler : pro-enza skool-er
Ralph Lauren :  Lauren (like the girl’s name, not lo-ren)
Rodarte : row-dar-tay
Sonia Rykiel :  saun-ya ree-kee-eel
Thakoon : ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: tee-air-ree moog-lay
Tibi : tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca : toe-ka
Ungaro : oon-ga-ro
Versace : ver-sah-chee OR ver-saw-chay
Yves Saint Laurent : eve  san-lor-ron
Zac Posen : poe-zen

Whew! Did you get tongue tied? Just a bit of practice and soon you’ll be saying these designer names with the greatest of ease.

If you’d like to add to this list or correct it, feel free to comment below!