Friday, March 28, 2008

Don't be Known as the Fashionista who Couldn't Pronounce Givenchy

Poor Whitney, She will forever be known as "the fashionista who couldn't pronounce Givenchy," I'm afraid she might never live this down. Let's be honest, designer names can be really difficult to pronounce, and some we rarely hear verbalized. Save yourself some embarassment and in the case that you score yourself a national television show, you can make sure you make us fashionistas proud with your a-mazingg pronunciation skills.

So in light of her situation, i bring you..

Difficult Pronunciations of Designers:

  • Givenchy: (Jhee-Von-Shee)

  • Jean Paul Gaultier: (zhan paul GO-tee-AY)

  • Alber Elbaz for Lanvin: (al-BEAR el-BAHZ for lon-VAN)

  • Nicolas Ghesquiere: (NEE-ko-la guess-KYAIR)

  • Bulgari: (BOOL-ga-ree)

  • Lacriox: (la -cwa)

  • Proenza Schouler: (Pro-en-za skool-er)

  • Hermes: (Er-mez )

  • Balenciaga: (Bah-len-si-ah-ga)

Also, you can hear an audio pronunciation here

xoxo, lauren


LML said...

oh i saw that too! my mom acutally corrected me a while ago, so i havent made that misake with that name, although im sure i have mispronounced a lot of other designer names. this post is very helpful and will save me some embarassment lol - thanks!

Aisha said...

why do bad things always happen to nice girls?
poor Whitney!

susie_bubble said...

I'd say...if in doubt don't say anything at all.... the French REALLY take offence to these things...

SKYLA said...

poor girl! funny though. Great informative post. It's true many don't know how to pronounce designer names, but often when you're in mid sentence about fashion and you have to throw in the french accent way of saying it, you feel a little pretentious!

hannah said...

great post. i think i have done my learning for the day. i dont want a whitney moment.

Diana @ So Fash'on said...

I saw that episode too. I instantly thought pink - stupid girls :)

K. said...

i cringed when whitney said that!

thank you for these helpful pronunciation :)

p.s. i e-mailed you about fashion show advice.. and i was wondering if you ever got it..

The Clothes Horse said...

Lacroix is my favorite. I'm always very careful with my pronunciations, it is an important part of being informed. But Lacroix is just so nice to say (properly of course!).

Ediot said...

i like that dress a lot!

Daphné said...

I saw that episode too and I particularly noticed the mispronounciatin as I am French!

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