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    Hey guys,
    I did a search for this and didn't see any specific threads. If I'm missing something, please link me to it.

    Anyways, I want to know what everyone thinks are most overrated designer (not niche!) houses that market to men. Also, they should be houses that (most) people think are actually good, unlike Hugo Boss or Versace.

    An example would be (for me) Thierry Mugler, since all they do is just change up the A*Men DNA and put out a new bottle. Very little originality in that house anymore.

    What do you guys think? And why?

    Love to hear your opinions! Thanks!
    Last edited by akshay03; 21st April 2010 at 01:21 AM.

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    Thierry Mugler does come out with a lot of flankers but pretty much all their offerings are really good.

    Personally I think Guerlain is overrated. I have a hard time finding a lot of their offerings appealing and they're pretty expensive.

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    sean john is one of them

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    Overrated designer house? Hmm... my vote goes to Ralph Lauren. I love Polo Purple Label... and that's perhaps it.
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    Yves Saint Laurent

    Everybody seems to love their pour Homme frags,
    the only one I really, really like is Opium PH EdP.
    All other smells either too goddamn butch, out-
    dated or too much like old men! Sorry!
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    Hugo Boss

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    C r e e d

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    Armani
    Everything he does is overrated.

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    Gendarme is complete and utter crap.
    I cannot think of a respectable men's scent from Kenzo.
    And with the exception of Black (12 years old), I hate all the men's BVLGARI scents.
    The Gaul Tier men's line disgusts me.

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    Bulgari

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    Depends if you mean over-rated on Basenotes or in the general public. In the general public - Davidoff, Dunhill, Hugo Boss & Armani are quite overrated.
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    Givenchy
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Yves Saint Laurent

    Everybody seems to love their pour Homme frags,
    the only one I really, really like is Opium PH EdP.
    All other smells either too goddamn butch, out-
    dated or too much like old men! Sorry!

    Their pour Femme line is a whole other story, though!
    Blasphemy

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    Seems like both designer and niche are being mentinoed. I don't know where Tom Ford Private Blends (or his other offerings) would fit. In my humble opinion these are overrated. I tested several titles and nothing worked for me...I'll keep working on them though.
    Armani is all gimmicks and overrated EXCEPT for the original Eau Pour Homme.
    Same with Versace. I don't know about their feminine scents.
    I'm sure there are others but these came to mind first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Yves Saint Laurent

    Everybody seems to love their pour Homme frags,
    the only one I really, really like is Opium PH EdP.
    All other smells either too goddamn butch, out-
    dated or too much like old men! Sorry!

    Their pour Femme line is a whole other story, though!
    +1

    Opium is the only one of their men's line I like too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance_Man View Post
    Seems like both designer and niche are being mentinoed. I don't know where Tom Ford Private Blends (or his other offerings) would fit. In my humble opinion these are overrated. I tested several titles and nothing worked for me...I'll keep working on them though.
    Armani is all gimmicks and overrated EXCEPT for the original Eau Pour Homme.
    Same with Versace. I don't know about their feminine scents.
    I'm sure there are others but these came to mind first.
    I think the Private Blends would go in the niche market. I've only got Italian Cypress, but I think it's really just gorgeous. I'm hoping to try the White Musk line next.

    For me, I think the most overrated brand is Calvin Klein. I used to love them, but after trying out more complex and interesting scents, I find myself unable to really enjoy anything from this house anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kxe003 View Post
    blasphemy
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    +1 RL and YSL (I don't even care for Opium)
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    thierry mugler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Yves Saint Laurent
    out-dated or too much like old men! Sorry!
    I love both YSL and Givenchy. But then, I am mature in years.

    I do agree that Armani is overrated. I do like the concept of Code, but there are other fragrances that carry out this concept better.
    Snarky is as snarky does.

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    +1 Armani too, I forgot Azzaro and Versace as well.
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    Davidoff. I adore Zino, love Cool Water, Adventure Fraiche is not bad, but all the rest...not to mention all those good for nothing flankers.

    Thierry Mugler - yeah you've got A*men, you've got Mugler cologne and mayhaps Ice Man I've never tried, besides those, whatever.

    Kenzo - sure, you make 'em unique more or less, I guess...

    Hugo Boss - mainstream, mainstream, mainstream. Sure Boss bottled is really ok, Dark Blue I love, Boss in motion black struck a chord, dunno why, Hugo by Hugo is generaly ok and well accepted.

    JPG - Le Male and ton's of flankers. Don't get me wrong, I really like Le Male

    Carolina Herrera - ok, she really doesn't make bad frags, in fact I find them most appealing, but there are quite a few wich remind of JPG Le Male in their drydowns what creates a query over the top of my head.

    Burberry - besides London and Brit...blah

    Gucci - besides Envy for men and Gucci PH I...blah

    Armani - yeah you make them expensive...and that's it.

    Calvin Klein - Obsession for men=great classic, Euphoria for men intense - really good, but all the rest, the flankers I mean...gosh...
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    Calvin Klein
    Giorgio Armani
    Ralph Lauren

    Arguable maybe but when was their last original big hit...? Batting average kinda sux too...

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    Burberry and Bulgari. I've yet to find something from them that I really like. Will keep on testing though.

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    • Prada
    • Hugo Boss
    • Mugler
    • Davidoff
    • Burberry

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    Hugo Boss
    Karl Lagerfeld
    Calvin Klein
    Giorgio Armani
    Carolina Herrera
    J P Gaultier (excluding Le Male)
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    Vera Wang
    Jasper Conran
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    Burberry and Polo spring to mind first. Armani and Lacoste aren't far behind.
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
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