Designer Baby Names: Hot Off the Runway
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week just wrapped in New York on Thursday. I’m no fashionista, but ever since Project Runway debuted, I’ve paid closer attention to the world of haute couture. It’s not just the clothes, of course. There are the exotic monikers of the supermodels – Frederique and Doutzen, Kinga and Honorine, Sofi and Shalom. This week I noticed that the designers themselves sport some inventive appellations, and even classics like Michael sound better paired with Kors.
Here are a few of my favorites from the runway:
Callula Lillibelle – The designers behind Callula Lillibelle are Melanie Fraser Hart and William Calvert. Melanie borrowed her daughter’s name for the company. Callie/Tallulah hybrid Callula and the smoosh Lillibelle are as fashionable as her mother’s designs.
Ralph – Ralph is all-but-gone from use, despite the success of designer Ralph Lauren. Still, Design Mom gave the name to her eldest son, and some parents are cautiously reconsidering him. Leading man Ralph Fiennes pronounces his name Rafe, upping the cool factor considerably.
Vivienne – Years before we’d ever heard of Brangelina, designer Vivienne Tam added her stamp to the French version of early twentieth century favorite Vivian. Punk pioneer Vivienne Westwood takes the name in another direction.
Borrowing from high fashion doesn’t always work. Chanel and Armani are a little too obvious. But this past week brought plenty of inspiration from talented designers who are just slightly less well known.
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on February 21st, 2011 at 4:51 am
Callula Lillibelle is nice! It reminds me of Lolita Lempicka – a french brand.
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on February 21st, 2011 at 9:12 am
I adore Carolina! So lovely. Timo’s absolutely aces. Timothy’s neat, but Timo’s a snappy, peppy variant.
As far as smushes go, Calulua makes me think of Caligula & luaus. Weird. (my brain, not Calulua!) 🙂 So I’ll still stick to the smush that’s got meaning for me: Lilivere
on February 21st, 2011 at 9:14 am
Callula, not Calulua! *sigh* sorry!
on February 21st, 2011 at 9:56 am
Luca is one of my favorites and my current top choice should I have a boy!
on February 21st, 2011 at 11:08 am
@Lola – Melissa Fraser Hart mentioned in an interview that Callula was from Ancient Rome. I haven’t been able to confirm it, but you might be on to something! And Lilivere is swoon-worthy.
Tara, I love Luca. Great name!
on February 21st, 2011 at 11:36 am
I absolutely adore Tess…my husband wouldn’t go for it for either of my daughters. Sigh. Also LOVE Milly and Betty and Betsy.
on February 21st, 2011 at 11:46 am
I’d love to see an article on the names of the models… they are always so different!
on February 21st, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Go Carolina and Elene, work those runways, and my favorite’s list!
I am never more proud of my mum than when I see Carolina on an NB blog.
Callula is so very interesting, though I am not a fan of the loo-lah sound; Calla is beautiful as well.
Trying to see if Vivienne is up my ally. I’m not sure…
on February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Love the new layout, as well, though I was in shock for a moment!
on February 21st, 2011 at 5:05 pm
@spotlightstarlit – I never liked Vivian, but I do find Vivienne appealing. Unfortunately, I think everyone else does too!
@Jaime – I adore Tess and Bess, too. Oh, and Kes. But our last name starts with S, so … not for us!
@Nicole – I think there is a fairly recent supermodel list here – not sure if I can link: http://nameberry.com/blog/model-names And I know one of the NB books has a list of what supermodels have named their kids. That’s a fascinating read.
on February 21st, 2011 at 5:08 pm
Oh I love so many of these names!
Carolina is of course a timeless beauty.
Callula is fun! I really like Tallulah so this is an interesting on an already lovely name.
Joy is an undiscovered gem! I have a cousin named Joy, a friend named Tiffany Joy and my girlfriend has a daughter named Anna Joy.
Milly is adorable but I prefer the Millie spelling…and I LOVE Millicent!
Tess and Vivienne are so beautiful!
on February 21st, 2011 at 5:40 pm
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on February 21st, 2011 at 6:58 pm
How about some fashion funk inspired boys names too?
on February 22nd, 2011 at 10:54 am
Tess and Vivienne are great, would use them on a girl.
I’d also use Joy or Luka on a boy.
on February 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 am
Carolina was in my top 3 for years but I couldn’t convince my husband, S, to love it. He butchers it, pronouncing it like the states and “can’t” say it any other way. We considered compromising with Caroline but know way too many of them.
Ralph was on my future son list but S said he wasn’t a fan so we named our youngest dog that when we rescued him. Now, nearly two years later, not only does he love the dog, but the name has grown on him so much that he said he likes it for a boy someday… That would be too weird for me but I hope it makes a comeback. The nickname Ralphie is adorable!
on March 2nd, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Our betta fish is named Callula! It was supposed to be Tallula, but our pre-schooler could only say Callula.
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