Ever found yourself stuck for words when trying to pronounce some of the trickier names in the fashion lexicon? Us too. So for anyone who has ever stumbled over Salvatore Ferragamo or mumbled their way through Maison Martin Margiela, we’ve compiled the ultimate cheat sheet to help you master the dialects of the designer alphabet. Practice makes perfect…

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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Met Gala 2017 Fashion and Beauty Recap


If the Met Gala is known for one thing, it’s for breaking barriers and pushing red carpet standards to the another level. Some celebrities wowed us last night, while some just straight up shocked everyone. Read the recap below.

 Cara Delevigne’s hair was insanely beautiful, the model painted her bald head silver, and beddazzled it. The look was described as part Danny Phantom, part Storm from X-Men, and 100 percent killer.

2. Solange Went Nearly Bare-Faced on the Red Carpet



Except for some ear makeup the music star was bared faced on the red carpet. To the naked eye, it looks like she’s not wearing anything other than a hint of potential brow makeup. But it’s possible she’s in on the secret that is microblading. She credits designer Thom Browne as the inspo, who sent models down the spring/summer 2017 runway with bright white drawn-on chokers.

3. Rihanna Wins the 2017 Met Gala With This Insane Comme des Garcons Dress

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The star took the theme of the night literally—“Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: The Art of the In-Between”—when she graced the red carpet in a badass flower bomb of a dress from the Comme des Garcons fall 2016 collection that the designer once described as “imagining punks in the 18th century, which was a time of so many revolutions.”

4. Bella Hadid Chopped Her Hair Into a Swingy Lob


Bella Hadid’s long, sweeping lion’s mane of hair is no more. Sharply angled, collarbone-bone grazing and mesmerizingly curled under, it’s basically Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface 2.0, This Time Without The Bangs.


5. Kim Kardashian Shocked Everyone With Her Low-Maintenance Look

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Kim Kardashian in Vivienne Westwood

A low-maintenance Kim Kardashian? Nope, no longer an oxymoron or a hypothetical—this new, laid-back Kimmy K is a reality, which we more or less confirmed at the 2017 Met Gala when she arrived solo (her first attendance at the gala without Kanye West in hand) in a surprisingly minimalist look: a stark white off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood with tie detailing, complete with a sleek, blunt lob and simple sandals.

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