The Most Commonly Mispronounced Names in Fashion

Every time I watch a red carpet event I hear celebrities say the names of the designers they are wearing and I wonder if there is a ritual they go through on their rise to stardom. If I had the choice, I would much rather take a 3 unit course on “Pronunciation of Modern Day Designers” instead of “Intermediate Spanish”. But alas, I got a Bachelors out of it, so I can’t complain. I picture us mere mortals sounding like Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls, wearing “Ver-sase”. I can’t blame her though, there are some names that are tongue twisters. So below are a list of some commonly mispronounced names in designer fashion so next time you are being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, or chatting with fellow fashionistas, you’ll know a few things.

Anna Sui: Anna Swee

Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-kah

Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-aga



Balmain: Bahl-mahhhn

Christian Lacroix: Christian Luh-qua

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin: Christian loo-boo-tan

Giambattista Valli: Gee-am-bah-tease-ta Valley

Givenchy: Jee-von-shee

Hermes: Er-mez

Herve Leger

Herve Leger

Herve Leger: Air-veh Leh-jay

Jean Paul Gaultier: Zhon Paul Go-tee-ay

Lanvin: Lahn-vahhhhn (similar the the drawn out pronunciation of Balmain)

Louis Vuitton: Louie Vwee-tahhhhn

Maison Martin Margiela: Maysohhhn Martin Mar-jhell-ah



Marchesa: Mar-kay-sah

Monique Lhuillier: Monique Loo-lee-ay

Moschino: Mos-key-no

Olivier Theyskens: Oh-liv-ee-ay Tay-skins

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler: Pro-en-zuh Skool-er

Rochas: Row-shah

Thakoon: Tuh-koon

Versace: Vur-sah-chee

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent: Eve Sane Laurennnn

Personally, I feel so…French (more than I already am) every time I say Yves Saint Laurent. I could say it all day. And now we all can. Properly.

Any designer names that trip you up that you would like to add? Any I missed that you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo, Courtney

Our 2013 Oscar Best Dressed

So many stunning stars on red carpet last night, but these lovely ladies get our vote for best dressed.


Hale Berry, flawless as always, in Versace.


Charlize Theron, breathtaking in Dior Couture.


Kerry Washington enchanting in a crystal and coral Miu Miu gown.


Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive, looking so old hollywood.


And we can’t forget the adorable Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.