Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Designer Name Annoyances

Sorry if we haven't been posting entries lately. We really had to do work on this project last week, which ended up using most of our brain cells. Pardon my ranting, it's just so frustrating that this client that we're dealing with doesn't know the difference between a mood board from a trend board. Just shows how ignorant and how bad the fashion industry is here in little 'ol Manille :(

Since I'm in the subject of annoyances, one thing that really bothers me is that when these self-proclaimed "fashionista-people" can't get the pronounciation of designer names right. So just to educate you a little, here's how you should pronounce these tongue-twisting designer names/brands:

Agnes B. - Anne-yes Be (not Buh)
Anna Sui - Anna Swee
Azzedine Alaia - Aze-DEEN Ah-lie-yah
Balenciaga - Bah-len-see-AH-gah (not balenSHAga)
Chloe - KLO-ee (I heard someone say Klo-WEh before..honey, you're not right)
Christian Louboutin - Kree-styan Loo-boo-TAHN
Comme Des Garcons - Kom Deh Gah-SOHN
Dries Van Noten - Drees Van No-ten
Gianfranco Ferre - Jee-an-franco Fer-ray
Givenchy - Jee-VON-shee
Hermes - er-MEZ (not Her-mees)
Christian Lacroix - Kree-styan la-KWA
Loewe - Low-eh-vay
Martin Margiela - Maar-TEEN Mar-GEE-lah
Moschino - Mos-KEE-no
Proenza Schouler - Pro-enza SKOOl-er
Rochas - Ro-sha
Tsubi - Soo-bee

(we'll be adding more to this list)

The French Muse


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

good post but are you sure it's the correct way of pronouncing agnes b?

i was looking for guides on fashion designer names pronunciation and i bumped into here.

did you learn french or perhaps a french? cuz some other page pronounce agnes b as ahn-NYAS buh.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about miu miu?
i've heard so many ways of saying it i can't be sure.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help. How do you pronounce Tufi Duek???

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help. How do you pronounce Tufi Duek?

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miu Miu is pronounced mew mew.

1:17 AM  

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