The Designer Brand Guide | A-Z

Ever wondered how to truly pronounce the names of your favourite designers? Not sure who they are or what they do? There’s a few in our fashion lexicon that even stump us sometimes! For that very reason,  we’ve put together a quick at-a-glance ‘in a nutshell’ guide the names of all the hottest luxury brands and how to say them correctly so you’ll never have to be embarrassed again! 


The A-Z of Pronouncing Brand Names


Anna Sui: anna swee
American fashion designer. Feminine culturally inspired quirky collections. Describes herself as inspired mainly by pop culture.

Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-kah
US fashion label created by Mark Badgeley and James Mischka. Previous spokespeople include Sharon Stone and the Olson Twins

Balenciaga: bah-len-see-ah-gah
World famous French fashion house founded by Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Once leg by Louis Vuitton Creative Director  Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander Wang took over in 2013 displaying his first collection for Givenchy at Paris Fashion Week.

Balmain: bahl-mahhhhn
Frequently championed by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Balmain began life in Paris, 1946 and is a popular luxury brand specializing in couture.

Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta
This luxury Italian brand sell their shades right here at Red Hot. Originally known for their exquisite leather goods, Bottega Venetta was purchased by Gucci in 2001 and operates producing handbags, accessories and ready-to-wear clothing.

Christian Lacroix: christian luh-kwa
French designer who favours heritage designs and historical inspired pieces. He also designs costumes for theater and opera due to his dramatic flare.

Christian Louboutin: christian loo-boo-tan
Creator of the designer shoes every woman wants in her wardrobe. Those crimson red soles? The ultimate contribution to fashion from this French footwear designer.

Comme des Garçons: comb dey gah-sown
Based in both Paris and Tokyo, Commes des Garçons translates as ‘Like Boys’ and is owned by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. Think urban anti-fashion and effortless cool!

Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chey and gab-ana
The dynamic Italian duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana began this now internationally recognized company in 1985. Their designs – not to mention their sunglasses – are some of the most opulent and detailed around.

Dries Van Noten: drees van know-ten
Belgian designer who favours eccentric ready-to-wear designs.

Givenchy: zjee-von-shee
Earns its’ name from its’ founder Hubert De Givenchy who created the luxury French fashion house in 1952. Achieved status by designing Audrey Hepburn’s ic0nic Little Black Dress alongside Edith Head in ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s as well as dressing some of the most stunning stars of the era including Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis

Hermès: er-mez
French fashion house responsible for creating the most iconic bag of the Noughties, the Birkin: as in Jane.

Hervé Léger: air-vay lay-jah
Most commonly known for the ‘Bandage dress’ which has been worn by almost every female celebrity on the planet. French in origin, naturally.

Issey Miyake: iss-ee mee-yah-key
Experimental Japanese born designer whose skill with fabrics creates unusual shapes on the catwalk.

Jean Paul Gaultier: zhon paul go-tee-ay
Those adverts. Say no more.

Lanvin: lahn-vahn
Frequently cited as the oldest fashion house in Paris, Lanvin was founded by Madame Jeanne Lanvin who began creating beautiful frocks for her daughter Marie and soon became the talk of town. Alber Elbaz now steers the company creating colourful pieces including our collection of Lanvin sunglasses.

Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vwee-tahn
Luxury luggage from France, the iconic pattern is now synonymous with the brand as is its’ handbags, suitcase and travel trunks. Previous collaborators include Marc Jacobs.

L’Wren Scott: la-ren scott
The late L’Wren Scott put the byword in the ‘Little Black Dress’ in 2006 with the likes of Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie sporting her ‘Headmistress’ design. Though many may remember her as the stunning supermodel girlfriend of Mick Jagger, L’Wren was ultimately a fashion icon with a careful eye for design and style.

Maison Martin Margiela: may-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah
Belgian fashion designer who once worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Hermes. Though Margiela left the business in 2009, John Galliano was announced as the new creative director in 2014.

Marchesa: mar-kay-sah
Womenswear brand established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. Frequent favourite on the red carpet during Award season; worn by Emma Watson, Penelope Cruz and Blake Lively.

Mary Katrantzou: mary cat-trant-zoo
London based Greek fashion designer who’s eye for colours and graphic prints set her apart from her peers.

Miu Miu: mew-mew
The lovechild of Miuccia Prada, Miu Miu is the rebellious quirky little sister of the Italian fashion house.

Moschino: mos-key-no
Made a huge impact at Milan Fashion Week SS15 with life-size Barbies dressed by offbeat designer Jeremy Scott. Moschino have never been one to shy away from risks and eccentricity since their inception in 1983 at the hands of the late Franco Moschino.

Proenza Schouler: pro-en-zuh skool-er
New York based womenswear and accessories brand created by duo ack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for the ‘sartorially savvy’

Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh
Originally an Italian shoe designer, Ferragamo now creates couture pieces, Ready-To-Wear collections and accessories including luxurious eyewear. Created the costumes for F1 racer Niki Lauda biopic ‘Rush’ in 2013.

Versace: vur-sah-chee
So widely recognized that Migos wrote a song about it, this Italian fashion house breeds nothing but style royalty. Fronted by the infamous Donatella Versace this over-the-top ultra-chic brand hasa quirky edge and recently collaborated with Lady Gaga for a glamorous capsule collection.

Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lau-ron
The byword in Parisian style, Yves Saint Laurent himself and the co-founder of his brand Pierre Berge rubbed shoulders with the likes of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. Responsibly for popularizing the ultra chic ‘Beatnik look’ of the 1960s, Saint Laurent are now regarded as iconic dressing members of the fashion, art, music and film elite.

Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to
One of the most influential Japanese fashion designers working from Tokyo and Paris. His eclectic modernist pieces are widely regarded as avant-garde and example of master tailoring.

Black Friday hits Red Hot

Black Friday is surely one of the biggest dates in the US calender yet the ‘craziest shopping day of the year’ has now translated overseas and Red Hot are getting a piece of the action. What will you be snapping up this season for our Red Hot – Black Friday offers?… 

As per tradition Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday is typically a festive frenzy: an onslaught of hungry Christmas shoppers ready to snap up the hottest deals and most discount, fighting tooth and nail for items and flooding shopping malls. Well, not exactly. However, this mad rush has taken over the internet with  most major retailers opening early to offer ‘first come, first serve’ promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. Think the Boxing Day sales with more carnage!

This year Red Hot Sunglasses are offering a special Black Friday offer on selected products so you can walk away with the best shades around just in time for the holiday season. Beginning at 6.00 AM (GMT) from Friday 28th of November until Midnight on Sunday, Red Hot Sunglasses will be offering HUGE savings on our luxury eyewear products along with FREE DELIVERY for all orders over £85 (GBP) or $150 (AUD). We recommend shopping early to avoid disappointment!



This Week in Eyewear News – 24/11/2014

November is a slow season when it comes to sunnies compared to the sunshine filled festival period of summer. However, that’s not to say sunglasses can’t be an integral part of your wardrobe when things get a little chilly as these style icons – big and small – know all about.

North West – Our Favourite ‘Serial Sunglasses Wearer’ in the making

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She may only be 17 months old, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North West is already the most stylish kid on the playground. Fame runs in the family for this little starlet and baby Nori proved her fashion credentials are on point this weekend by borrowing some – oh so on-trend – mirrored Aviators from her Aunt Khloe.

Khloe Kardashian shared the picture on social-networking site Instagram with the caption ’Stunna shades #YouCantSitWithUs.’ alongside the cute snap which had us cooing and giggling in the Red Hot office. Naturally, Harper Beckham and Blue Ivy will have to up their game to stay ahead of the baby fashion pack for Spring/Summer 2015 because North is already headed in the right direction!

Steal Her Style HERE


Beyonce premiers new music video

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Beyonce, the unrelenting Queen of Pop premiered her new video this weekend for her latest single ’7/11′.  As the hardest working woman in music, Queen Bey lets loose in a furore of pantsless twerking, madcap outfits and wacky shades as part of the crazy party atmosphere. Blue Ivy even makes a guest appearance dancing up a storm! Our eagle eyed Style File spotted Bey in a pair of black cateyes with a blue mirror lens shaking it like its nobodies business in once scene with some huge cartoon-esque sunnies in another. Once again Beyonce proves that she can let her hair down in a pair of  comical underpants and still look absolutely fabulous in the process. Pass us some shades, we’re getting a touch green-eyed in here!

Watch the video below…


Girls star Zosia Mamet collaborates to design sunglasses collection

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If you haven’t been watching Lena Dunham’s Award-winning HBO series Girls then you will have no idea just cool Zosia Mamet is. The 26-year-old actress plays Shoshanna on the show and her cool, quirky ways have made her one of favourite comedy characters in years. Funnily enough Zosia is equally as cool and stylish in real life and has recently announced a collaboration with friend and designer Cynthia Rowley for an eeyewear collection. Based on the 1950s inspired cateye and named the Miss Z model, Zosia told Teen Vogue she wwanted them to have the feel of ‘an old movie star’. Featured in three colours and debuting as part of Cynthia Rowley’s 2014 resort collection we can’t wait to snap up a pair of these for ourselves.

The campaign video is super cute too!


The American Music Awards happened


Charli XCX

Imagine all your favourite US stars and international music sensations’ gathered under one roof in fabulous outfits to watch hot performances and catch a glimpse of the biggest names accepting awards for their contribution to music? You don’t HAVE to imagine because the American Music Awards took place at the Nokia Theatre in LA last night. Everyone from Iggy Azalea to J-Lo were in attendance with some mesmerizing performances from One Direction, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez and Lorde. British artist Sam Smith picked up an award for Best Pop/Rock Male Artist  as did Katy Perry for the female category but one performance that really caught our eye was that of Charli XCX. Appearing onstage in a 1950s prom dress and cateye shades for a live rendition of her hit ‘Boom, Clap!’, the British star then stripped off into a edgy black latex  mini-skit and matching crop-top to perform party anthem ‘Break The Rules’. Find a full list of the winners HERE

Watch her performance below…