With so many fashion labels out there, pronouncing them in public can sometimes be a bit embarrassing. I’m a great fan of fashion and also work in fashion and I aint afraid to admit that I sometimes pronounce some of the designer names wrong! So I thought I’ll school ourselves on the phonetics of some of our favorite labels.
Dries van Noten: dreese van know-ton
A Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. The designer once said “I’m a little naive but I don’t like the idea of showing things that you don’t sell in a store” after being asked his view on haute couture. All designs are ready to wear and available at retail. His work tends to feature prints, colors, original fabrics and layering.
Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-va-tour-ay fer-er-gar-mow
Before his death in 1960, it is said that it was through his scientific and creative approach to shoes that spawned the innovations of the wedge heel and cage heel. Check out this link for more information on the renowned shoe designer: http://www.designboom.com/history/ferragamo.html
Pierre Balmain founded his exquisite namesake Parisian fashion house in 1945, dressing the likes of Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot. After his death in 1982, a slew of designers took the helm including Oscar de la Renta, and now it’s the turn of elegant French designer Christophe Decarnin.
Maison Martin Margiela: may-zon mar-tan mar-jel-a
Eclectic fashion label by Belgian-born designer Martin Margiela, who worked at Jean Paul Gaultier before launching his own label in 1988. A leader of contemporary style, the elusive designer – who has famously never appeared on the runway – has now handed the creative reins to an in-house design team that continues to push the boundaries between art and fashion.
Phoebe Philo: fee-be f-eye-lo
Phoebe Philo is an English fashion designer who was previously the designer of the fashion house Chloé where she worked as Stella McCartney’s assistant and was deeply influenced by her. She is currently the Creative Director of Celiné.
Founded in 1895 this family ran footwear (tights, socks etc) brand is still standing strong. Currently operated by the 4th generation of the Falke family.
Giuseppe Zanotti: ji-sep-ee za-not-ee
From attention-grabbing cutout wedges to demure daytime flats Giuseppe Zanotti has something for every shoe fanatic. His hometown of San Mauro Pascoli in Italy has a long tradition of shoemaking so footwear was in his blood. Zanotti’s high-fashion debut was at Christian Dior and he has since consulted for Roberto Cavalli, Missoni and Vera Wang. In 1993 he set up his eponymous line, which is now the go-to for stars like Kylie Minogue, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez. Step out in vertiginous heels and flat sandals all featuring the designer’s signature statement-making beaded, cutout and studded detailing.
A fashion brand of clothing and accessories founded by two sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
Alber Elbaz: al-bear el-baz
Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer who is the Artistic Director for Lanvin in Paris since 2001.
Sonia Rykiel: son-ya rick-eel
Iconic French designer. The sweater is her symbol and she was crowned “Queen of Knits” by the Americans in 1967.
No need for an introduction or description. Just know Hermes is the Creme de la creme when it comes to handbags. The Birkin Bag used to have a waiting list of up to three years but has apparently since been scrapped early this year. Prices for the sought after hand-made bag start at £4,200 for a basic leather model, and rocketing to up to £80,000 for a crocodile version.
Herve Leger: her-vay le-j-air
Sexy must have figure hugging dress worn by most stars on the red carpet. If you see a picture of a celebrity in a tight figure hugging dress guaranteed its gonna be one from this label.
Proenza Schouler: pro-n-sa shoe-ler
Is a high-end line of women’s apparel founded in 2002 by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, who co-design the label’s collections.The pair originally met in 1999 while studying at Parsons School of Design. During school, Hernandez interned at Michael Kors and McCollough interned at Marc Jacobs. The brand name originates from the designers’ mothers’ maiden names.
Narciso Rodriguez: nar-see-so rod-re-gez
Narciso Rodriguez is an American designer who first put himself firmly on the fashion map in 1996 when he designed a simple bias-cut wedding dress for Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. Michelle Obama also wore a dress from Narciso Rodriguez’s spring 2009 collection when she joined her husband, Barack Obama, appearing for the first time as president-elect of the United States, on the stage at Grant Park in Chicago.
Spanish luxury brand specialized in high quality leather goods and accessories since 1846
See Alber Elbaz
Hussein Chalayan: who-sain sha-lie-on
A British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1993. Renowned internationally for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitude to new technology.
British-born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig launched their label, Marchesa, in 2004. With eyes fixed firmly on the red carpet, their modern glamorous evening wear has gained high-profile and fabulously dressed devotees such as Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway and Sienna Miller.
Hope this helped you as much as it helped me.