Couldn't agree with you more!
The trend is going more towards marketing the bottle almost as much as, or even more than the perfume, which tends to be bad for the wallet of people like me, who find the scent to be sometimes secondary to the bottle.
However, fortunately, most of the bottles that are pleasing to me eg Shalimar/Arpege/Poison etc are also great or appealing scents(to me) in their own right.
I wouldn't want to own any fragrance that dates from later than 1992 simply because I feel that the trend of marketing bottles over quality scent started in the vague period of some years before the new millenium.
If I had the budget to buy 'modern' fragrances post-1992 just on the merit of bottle appeal alone, I would go for :
- Viva la juicy ( a lot of ppl like the scent anyway, although I've no chance whatsover to smell it)
- Bvlgari BLV
- Sublime(Jean Patou)
- Bvlgari Black(which also has many fans)
- Guerlinade(which is also supposed to be great)
- Lolita Lempicka
- Angel Liqueuer du parfum