How to pronounce fashion's most difficult words

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How to pronounce fashion's most difficult words

BERET

The iconic visor-less French cap is pronounced BUH-REY.

Actress Camren Bicondova attends the FOX Network 2014 Upfront event on Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

GINGHAM

This classic checked pattern is pronounced GING-UH M.

Ari Graynor attends the Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger Collection launch event at The London Hotel on April 9, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

HERMES

French designer Hermes is pronounced ER-MEZ.

New York, UNITED STATES: A employee holds displays a 129,000 USD crocodile Hermes Birkin Bag for the press during a private opening for the new Hermes store on Wall Street in New York 21 June 2007. The store which is located at 15 Broad Steet is across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. The store is one of several luxury shops opening near Ground Zero as part of a revitalization project in the area. AFP PHOTO/ TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

CHARMEUSE

This drapey, delicate silk fabric often used in wedding dresses is SHAHR-MOOS.

This Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 photo shows chunky beading and silk charmeuse fabric contribute to the vintage look of this Jenny Packham wedding dress at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier in New York. Some brides like the idea of a vintage or vintage-inspired wedding gown. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

LOUIS VUITTON

The iconic French fashion house is unfortunately often mispronounced. LOO-WEE VWEE-TAHN.

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 16, 2012: Louis Vuitton flagship store in the Piazza degli Strozzi, luxury shopping street in Florence on April 16, 2012. The Louis Vuitton label was founded by Vuitton in 1854

HAUTE

Literally French for high, haute (OHT) is used to describe luxury aspects of fashion.

Fashion Mexican model Daniela De Jesus Cosio presents a creation for Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad's fall-winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture fashion colllection in Paris, France, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

ESPADRILLES

These casual summer shoes are a bit difficult on the tongue. Espadrilles are pronounced ES-PUH-DRILS

GISILE BUNDCHEN

The Brazilian bombshell has become a household name -- that many mispronounce. JI-ZEL-LAY BOON-THAIN

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Gisele Bundchen attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

BANDEAU

The ubiquitous crop-top Miley Cyrus wore to this year's VMA's is pronounced BAN-DOH.

Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

CHAMBRAY

A multitude of designers have incorporated this soft chambray cloth into their designs. SHAM-BRAY

ARGYLE

For anyone who is serious about their argyle socks, it's AHR-GAHYL.

YVES SAINT LAURENT

Though the French designer has revamped its brand and dropped the Yves from Yves Saint Laurent, it was pronounced: EVE-SAN-LAU-RON.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Fashion Student Fiona Dai wears a Topshop coat, KTZ dress and an Yves Saint Laurent clutch bag on day 2 of London Collections: Men on June 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)

RALPH LAUREN

The American designer's brand is pronounced Ralph LA-REN.

Designer Ralph Lauren speaks after receiving the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal €œfor his embodiment of the American experience through the medium of fashion, design and philanthropy" Tuesday, June 17, 2014, during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. Lauren was honored his efforts to fund the conservation of the flag that inspired the national anthem. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EPAULETTES

Epaulettes are decorative shoulder pieces often seen on military uniforms, EP-UH-LET.

D'ORSAY

Pictured is the toreador d'orsay shoe designed by Isabel Toledo for Payless ShoeSource in Miami Beach, Fla. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Pronounced DOR-SAY

BVLGARI

The intricate jewellery company is pronounced BUL-GAREE.

Italian luxury jeweler Bvlgari CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin (R) smiles as he poses with US actress Uma Thurman wearing a total of 30 million yen (300,000 USD) Bvlgari jewellery at a reception for the 130th Anniversary of Bvlgari in Tokyo on May 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

MONTBLANC

The luxury pen company is pronounced MAHWN-BLAH

Palm trees stand next to the Montblanc Boutique Rodeo Drive store in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER

A model wears a creation as part of the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fall Winter 2014-15 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Pronounced: ZHON PAUL GO-TEE-AY

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Known for its unmistakable red-soles, Christian Louboutin is pronounced CHRISTIAN LOO-BOO-TAN.

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By NADIA SIKANDER
The fashion industry is chock full of designers with difficult names to pronounce and even more mysterious patterns and fabrics for the average shopper.

With Mercedez-Benz's annual Fashion Week upon us, we put together a little something so you're not caught mispronouncing these trendy words. You'll find everything from famed French designer Hermes (pronounced ER-MEZ) to the stylish chambray (SHAM-BREY) everyone is wearing in the gallery above.
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