Nice Dress. Thanks, it's a Ver-SAYCE.
You might not make the same cringeworthy mistake as tacky Nomi Malone in Showgirls who didn't know it was actually ver-SAH-chay, but what about Andrew Gn (soft G & rhymes with pen), and do you love THA-koon or Ta-koon - (hint: do you order Pad thigh or tie)?
"These days, there are a host of new designer names tripping us up, as globalization and the democratization of fashion bring brands from all over the world -- once limited to the couture cognoscenti -- to regular folk," explains Teri Agins in a fun piece on WSJ.com. To make sure you've got your GO-te-AY down, aced your al-BEAR el-BAHZ, and got LO-ee-VAY licked (of course you already knew it was the unaffected loreign and karen), be sure to read up at How to Pronounce Fashion Names.
For extra credit, the DJP blog has a detailed list of fashion designer name pronounciations that will guarantee you'll never make a(nother) Nomi.
- Lesley Scott
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