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Lagerfeld Classic (1978)
by Lagerfeld

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Lagerfeld Classic information

Year of Launch1978
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 344 votes)

People and companies

HouseLagerfeld
PerfumerRon Winnegrad
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchEli Lilly & Co > Elizabeth Arden

About Lagerfeld Classic

Lagerfeld Classic is a masculine fragrance by Lagerfeld. The scent was launched in 1978 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Ron Winnegrad

Lagerfeld Classic fragrance notes

Reviews of Lagerfeld Classic

I wrote this back in March.

Karl Lagerfeld had worked for Jean Patou, Cloe, Krizia, Valentino and Fendi as a designer. He also worked as the design director for Chanel from 1982 to 2000, being responsible for bringing the near-dead brand back to life as well as creating the CC monograph of Coco Chanel into a style pattern for the house that we see today. He had also began his own Karl Lagerfeld brand, which was established to channel "intellectual sexiness". Karl worked with Fendi until his death last month, at the age of 85.

When I had read the news of his passing, I realized that I had never tried the Karl Lagerfeld fragrances. I was able to find a 50 ml bottle of Lagerfeld Classic at a drug store (Walgreens) in the US for $25.

The opening notes gives me a slightly soapy citrus and herbal notes. Very reminiscent of 80's classics. After a short time I begin to get a woody dusty floral with tobacco highlight. I am really enjoying this part, and then it gets even better! A strong (but not too strong) musk with an oriental sweetness begins to develop not long after the heart notes come into play, which stay until the end.

To my nose, the musk really stands out. Personally, I do not like overbearing animalic musk, but the musk note in Lagerfeld Classic is very enjoyable coupled with the other notes, especially the tobacco, and oriental. This fragrance smells very sexy.

This will last over 12 hours on your skin and wears best during Spring, Autumn and Winter.

Although this fragrance is intended for men, women will enjoy this one as well.

An expensive smelling fragrance at an inexpensive price. A must have for any collection or for a lover of musk.

9/10
06th June, 2019
Karl Lagerfeld is something of a journeyman fashion mogul who has designed couture for everyone from Balmain to Patou, currently running as creative director for both his own label and Chanel, plus working with in-house lines for major department stores like Macy's. He's a legend that is befitting an equally profound fragrance. His signature masculine, which only garnered the subtitle "classic" after he introduced new lines, is an oriental chypre hybrid that marries rich woods and mosses with leathers, aldehydes, citrus, and oppoponax. It joins rank alongside other rich 70's oriental hybrid exercises like Caron's Yatagan (1976) and is a late-decade prelude to the powerful 80's bombs to follow. Lagerfeld has a love-it-or-hate-it weight to it, but as I've said before, all trendsetting masculines worth mentioning also are often quite divisive. The scent launched just in time for disco's peak, and although quite a bit stiff for a dancefloor, managed to show up there anyway.

The smell from Lagerfeld Classic opens up as stiff citrus, aldehydes, and powdery spice. It's orange and lemon, as opposed to just lemon, then segways into cedar, tonka, amber, moss, and that leather note all the way at the bottom buried in creamy musk and labdanum. It's rich, almost too rich, with the oppoponax spark to keep it from just being total cream after the top notes fade. The smell rests somewhere between the animalistic feminine orientals of old and the cinnamon sugar stuff that would typify 80's masculine orientals like Aramis JHL (1982) and Obsession (1986), pulling in so many directions at once that it's cover-all-bases density makes it seem almost as if it came back in time from the 80's. It has a hint of that rounded Shulton Old Spice (1937) feel, some of the leather nostril burn of Alfred Dunhill (1934), but with the smoothed-over suede and woods of Avon Black Suede (1980). Undoubtedly, a storied designer like Karl Lagerfeld was pulling from a litany of influences when he commissioned Ron Winnegrad to develop this.

Lagerfeld feels like a fragrance that was neither in nor really out of style ever in it's life. It's an exercise in a rigid sort of masculinity for the consummate gentleman looking to make a presence known but also unbutton his shirt a bit when he relaxes in good company. It'll serve well in office or formal use, but it's not terribly romantic nor casual enough for weekend wear. I'd steer clear of hot weather as this one comes out of the bottle already sweltering before it even hits skin. The aforementioned Black Suede is simpler, brighter, sweeter, lighter, and thus more comfortable. I feel it's a more elegant and refined version of this idea despite this being clearly further upmarket. I don't regret wearing it and it carries extremely well in the cold, but this decidely non-disco scent from the disco era feels more like it belongs in the German Expressionism movement of the early 20th century, much like most of Mr. Lagerfeld's high-collared near-gothic attire. For a strong handshake of an oriental leather type, look no further.
31st December, 2017
I'm not one that's into orange really...but Lagerfeld Classic is quite the exception though.I absolutely love this fragrance!


This is a very linear scent and doesn't really evolve...but it's clean yet fresh and rich enough to keep the nose interested.Lots of orange and powdery of vanilla.This comes off as a cool and fresh take on a barbershop smell but this is cranking out lightly sweetened tobacco and woody hints.It's sandalwood,but the citrus tinge somewhat fools the nose into thinking this is cedar.The whole composition finishes off with a fair amount of musk.


The only thing I think that could make one go on a hiatus from Lagerfeld Classic is one craving a change of pace to a dirty or spicy scent.This is very mature and attractive to the nose for everyday wear though.I would say this is capable of all season wear really.It's not sharp,warm,or dry...it's just well designed.

27th September, 2017 (last edited: 06th February, 2019)
My oh my, what a classic indeed! Lagerfeld's potion from 1978 still amazes me to this day (though reformulations abound).

Definitely a soft oriental fragrance, with a powdery, sweet, amber and incense quality that lasts a long time. It can come across as too loud when oversprayed, so discretion is advised.

Classy, pleasant, simple and deep, Lagerfeld Classic isn't like the complicated fougeres that were also available in the 70's and 80's.
15th January, 2017
A big thumbs up for this one, reminiscent of vintage Shalimar, Habit Rouge, and even Furyo, and a better alternative to Furyo for a gentle, smoky, incense-stick, animalic fragrance; easy to wear, refined, and powdery.
19th December, 2016
To me this basically smells like a honeyed Obsession for Men, specifically, from my experience. Even before I sprayed it I thought of Obsession for Men because of the color of the juice! Mine is an Interparfums version (post-Coty).

If you like Obsession for Men, you'll maybe like this one. If you already own one of these, you may find the other redundant, I don't know. Good luck! :)
08th June, 2016

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