Who/What : the Master List

I didn't attend any of the couture shows in Paris this year. Not to be confused with last year when I also didn't attend any shows and the year before when I still didn't. In fact I've never even been to the city but that doesn't mean I don't want to sound like I know exactly what everyone is talking about when they reference Chanel's casino takeover or Dolce & Gabbana's Midsummer Night's Dream soiree. You can watch live streams, comb through every image on Style.com, and read every review but the easiest way to slip up and end up feeling like a phony is by mispronouncing designer and brand names. Enter your saving grace - the Designer Pronunciation Master List.

Study away ladies and gents! And then go with confidence to tell your coworkers how much you enjoy Balmain's new sister themed campaign, how innovative you find Mary Katrantzou's patterns and prints, and how you can't wait to run out to buy some of the new Giambattista Valli for MAC collection.

Anna Suianna swee

Ann Demeulemeesterann de-mule-eh-meester

Azzedine Alaiaazz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah

Badgley Mischkabadge-lee meesh-kah



Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta

Christian Lacroixchristian luh-kwa

Christian Louboutinchristian loo-boo-tan

Comme des Garçonscomb dey gah-sown

Dolce & Gabbanadol-chey and gab-ana

Dries Van Notendrees van know-ten

Gareth Pughgareth pew

Giambattista Valligee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee

Gianfranco Ferregee-ahn-franco feh-ray



Hervé Légerair-vay lay-jah

Hussein Chalayanhoo-sane sha-lion

Issey Miyakeiss-ee mee-yah-key

Jean Paul Gaultierzhon paul go-tee-ay

Junya Watanabejun-yah wat-an-ah-bey

Kinder Agguginikinder ag-ooh-gee-nee



Louis Vuittonloo-wee vwee-tahn

L'Wren Scottla-ren scott

Maison Martin Margielamay-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah


Mary Katrantzoumary cat-trant-zoo

Miu Miumew-mew

Monique Lhuilliermonique le-hu-lee-ay


Olivier Theyskensoh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins

Proenza Schoulerpro-en-zuh skool-er



Roksanda Ilincicroksanda ill-in-chik

Salvatore Ferragamosal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh

Sonia Rykielsewn-yah ree-key-el



Yves Saint Laurenteve san lau-ron

Yohji Yamamotoyoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to