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Thursday, March 6

do you travoltify Dolce and Gabbana?

Welcome to All in the Detail… I am so glad you are here!



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Ever try to pronounce some of the trickier names in the fashion industry and feel like you are John Travolta introducing Idina Menzel at the Oscars? Me too! (if you want to Travoltify your own nameclick here)

So for anyone who has ever stumbled over Sonia Rykiel or mumbled their way through Martin Margiela, Harpers Bazaar compiled the ultimate cheat sheet to help fashion fans master the dialects of the designer alphabet.  

And we must not be the only ones! It seems that this was so popular that after the first list appeared… a Part Two was printed the very next day.

They say practice makes perfect ...so, ready?

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Part One

Anna Sui: anna swee
Ann Demeulemeester: ann de-mule-eh-meester
Azzedine Alaia: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah
Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-kah
Balenciaga: bah-len-see-ah-gah
Balmain: bahl-mahhhhn
Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta
Christian Lacroix: christian luh-kwa
Christian Louboutin: christian loo-boo-tan
Comme des Garçons: comb dey gah-sown
Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chey and gab-ana
Dries Van Noten: drees van know-ten
Gareth Pugh: gareth pew
Giambattista Valli: gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee
Gianfranco Ferre: gee-ahn-franco feh-ray
Givenchy: zjee-von-shee
Hermès: er-mez
Hervé Léger: air-vay lay-jah
Hussein Chalayan: hoo-sane sha-lion
Issey Miyake: iss-ee mee-yah-key
Jean Paul Gaultier: zhon paul go-tee-ay
Junya Watanabe: jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey
Kinder Aggugini: kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee
Lanvin: lahn-vahn
Loewe: loh-wev-eh
Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vwee-tahn
L'Wren Scott: la-ren scott
Maison Martin Margiela: may-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah
Marchesa: mar-kay-sah
Mary Katrantzou: mary cat-trant-zoo
Miu Miu: mew-mew
Monique Lhuillier: monique le-hu-lee-ay
Moschino: mos-key-no
Olivier Theyskens: oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins
Proenza Schouler: pro-en-zuh skool-er
Rochas: row-shahs
Rodarte: row-dar-tay
Roksanda Ilincic: roksanda ill-in-chik
Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh
Sonia Rykiel: sewn-yah ree-key-el
Thakoon: tah-koon
Versace: vur-sah-chee
Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lau-ron
Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to

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Part Two

A Détacher: ah day-tah-shay
Acne: ahk-nay
Alber Elbaz: ahl-bear el-bahz
Alexandre Vauthier: ah-lex-ahn-der voh-tee-ay
Andrew Gn: an-drew jin
Anya Hindmarch: ahn-yuh hind-marsh
Aquilano Rimondi: ah-kwi-lahn-doh rim-ohn-dee
Behnaz Sarafpour: ben-ahz sar-uh-for
Bibhu Mohapatra: bee-booh mo-ahh-pat-rah
Bouchra Jarrar: boo-shra jahr-arr
Burberry Prorsum: burr-behr-ee prohr-sum
Carven: cahr-vehn
Costella Tagliapietra: coh-stell-oh tag-lee-ah-pee-ay-troh
Cushnie et Ochs: cuh-sh-nee eht ocks
Elie Saab: ee-lee sahb
Emanuel Ungaro: ee-man-you-el oon-gar-oh
Erdem Moragliou: air-dem more-ah-glee-uh
Ermenegildo Zegna: ehr-men-e-jil-doh zayn-yah
Etro: eht-ro
Guillame Henry: gee-ohm ahn-ree
Hedi Slimane: ed-ee slim-ahn
Issa: ee-sah
Issey Miyake: ee-say mee-ah-kay
Kirna Zabête: keer-nah zah-bet
Maiyet: may-et
Maje: mahj
Nicholas Ghesquière: nee-coh-la guess-k-yair
Ralph Lauren: ralf lor-en
Rei Kawakubo: ray cow-uh-kooh-bo
Sacai: suh-kai
Schiaparelli: skyap-uh-rell-ee
Thierry Mugler: tee-air-ee mu-glare
TSE: say
Ulyana Sergeenko: uhl-yahn-uh s-air-jane-koh
Vika Gazinskaya: vee-kah gahv-in-skee-yah
Vionnet: vee-oh-nay
Yigal Azrouël: yig-ahl ahz-roo-el

Any better? Well, for me, maybe better about a fewbut I still don’t know -I'm thinking I may have to wait for the audio version to come out.