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by: Ashleigh Houlton

<span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2016-02-10T10:34:01+00:00">10 Feb 2016


Ever had that embarrassing moment when you’ve struggled to pronounce a fashion brand? We're here to help...

Fashion – cool, chic, confident. (<em>Basically, the opposite of everything we relate mispronunciation to.)</em>

The four fashion capitals of the world - New York, London, Milan and Paris - have undoubtedly paved the way for some of the biggest and best designers. Adorning the catwalk with beautiful creations each season over fashion month, they never fail to live up to their trend-setting reputation.  

Though we are not all blessed with a suave French accent or an endless Italian vocabulary (this is when we regret not paying full attention during language lessons at school), from Yves Saint Laurent to Marchesa, we’ve done an insider's phonetic round up of those need-to-know brands so you’ll never have one of those awks pronunciation mistakes again...

<strong>Anna Sui:</strong> Ah-na Swee

<strong>Balenciaga: </strong>Bah-len-see-ah-gah

<strong>Balmain:</strong> Bahl-mahn

<strong>Bottega Venetta:</strong> Bot-tay-ga Ven-etta

<strong>Bulgari:</strong> Buhl-guh-ree

<strong>Christian Louboutin:</strong> Christian Loo-boo-tan

<strong>Dolce &amp; Gabbana:</strong> Dol-chey and Gab-ana

<strong>Giambattista Valli:</strong> Gee-am-bah-tease-ta Vah-lee

<strong>Givenchy:</strong> Zjee-von-shee

<strong>Hermès:</strong> Er-mez

<strong>Hussein Chalayan:</strong> Hoo-sane Sha-lion

<strong>Jean Paul Gaultier:</strong> Zawn Pawl Go-tee-ay

<strong>Isabel Marant: I</strong>sabel Ma-rant

<strong>Issey Miyake: </strong> Iss-ee Mee-yah-key

<strong>Lanvin:</strong> Lahn-vahn

<strong>Loewe:</strong> Loh-wev-eh

<strong>Louis Vuitton:</strong> Loo-wee Vwee-tahn

<strong>Marchesa:</strong> Mar-kay-sah 

<strong>Mary Katrantzou: M</strong>ar-ee Ka-tran-zoo 

<strong>Miu Miu:</strong> Mew-Mew

<strong>Moschino: </strong>Mos-key-no 

<strong>Rodarte:</strong> Ro-dar-tay

<strong>Roksanda Ilincic: </strong>Rock-sand-a Ill-in-chich 

<strong>Salvatore Ferragamo: </strong>Sal-vah-tor-re Fer-ra-gah-moh

<strong>Yves Saint Lauren</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>:</strong> Eve San Lau-ron