One of my biggest pet peeves is when people mispronounce well known names, especially in fashion. I don't know why, it just does. Although, I confess that some of those designer names can be tricky. However, if you claim to be a fashionista, you better have your pronunciation down.
I remember a time back when I was a modeling instructor, my co-instructor and I were giving a lecture about famous fashion models and she mispronounced the name of a very well known model, Iman. Instead of pronouncing it "E-mon" she pronounced it "I-man," which just killed me. I mean this was coming from a girl who proclaimed she dedicated her life to fashion, yet anyone who enjoys fashion,has read a fashion magazine, or is a David Bowie fan(because she's his wife), has at least heard the name "Iman" before. But I digress.
So last night one of my friends was telling me how much she wanted a Her-mees (Hermès) Birkin purse, the iconic uber-fashionista IT bag. Yes, I wanted to correct her and tell her it's pronounced "Air-mess." But with the euphoric look on her face as she dreamed about having such a legendary(and expensive) purse, I just didn't have the heart to correct her.