Originally Posted by alfarom
No way - Insense exemplifies what a good "designer" can be: well balanced, complex and sketchy at once, catching idea well executed, refined. Insense is a work which apparently had lots of time to develop and evolve. Same with Azzaro Pour Homme, great idea plus perfect craftmanship. I don't like it too much, though.
"Niche" has to be more than that to compensate for missing possibilities like broad testing/evaluation, raw materials. Not so good example: Timbuktu. Good idea, but an evaluation would have shown it too sweet, with a lacking balance, all in all a little crude. Better examples: Vierges Et Toreros (ELdO) - new idea executed at least to be bearable, Odeur 53 / 71 by CdG, same.
So a "designer" smelling "niche" would be a bad frag - Missoni (new) or Feu D'Issey or Rush?