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    Default Which famous designer brand sucks in fragrances the most?

    Here is another interesting topic to discuss for you guys.

    I am going to say Burberry

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    Adidas

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    Lacoste

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    Calvin Klein

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Calvin Klein
    On their recent offerings, I'd be inclined to agree with you, but I think their classic juices (Calvin, Obsession, Eternity) are still special creations. They are indeed the masters of the 'release the flanker!' approach.

    I'm gonna say the designer brand with the worst overall collection of fragrances, especially for the price, is Kenzo.
    I've not found ONE decent one in the lot, and although I'm yet to try the praised Jungle, I don't hold out much hope for it.

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    Gucci sucks for discontinuing a bunch of amazing unique frags just to replace them with a bunch of boring generic stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    Gucci sucks for discontinuing a bunch of amazing unique frags just to replace them with a bunch of boring generic stuff.
    Agreed!
    Who was the rocket scientist at Gucci who made the decision to discontinue the original (and best) Gucci Pour Homme, Gucci Noble and Gucci No.3?

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    Lacoste and Boss are my picks. Now a sleeper pick for a good designer scent maker is Ferragamo.

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    Lacoste is disgusting. So is Jean Paul Gaultier.

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    Bvlgari

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    Gucci for me :

    Gucci by Gucci
    Gucci by Gucci Sport
    Gucci Guilty

    ( I am almost tempted to say Gucci pour Homme II, but I think I have to try it again to be sure)

    What makes me upset the most with Gucci is that they once produced great fragrances : Gucci pour Homme ( 2003), Envy, Rush.....now, they just get lost in a sea of poorly made sport fragrances. I don't have an issue with sport fragrances ( or aquatics as they are sometimes lumped together), but they don't make them well.

    Thumbs down for Gucci. It looks like YSL is following in the same footsteps. Dunhill and Canali are close as well ( but they still produce Dunhill for Men and Black Diamond respectively, so they are not totaly terrible I suppose
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    Bvlgari
    Had it not been for the surprisingly good tea fragrance Bulgari PH Extreme, I'd have nominated this house as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Lacoste
    ohh, how could I forget this one..

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    ...Bruno Banani...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    Gucci sucks for discontinuing a bunch of amazing unique frags just to replace them with a bunch of boring generic stuff.
    +1, Why gucci, why?
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffers View Post
    Bvlgari
    Agreed

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    for me it's Ck, Boss and Armani. ugh and ugh.
    seeking mitsouko 50ml's cap....desperately!!

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    Dolce and Gabbana
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    agreed Gucci

    Such a fall from grace

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    +1 to Gucci. Their last good one was GpH II. Now it's just slick packaging, celebrity-fronted ad campaigns, but still $1 juice.

    Hugo Boss is a main-stayer on this list too. Their retail prices keep inching up but not the quality.

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with the Bulgari pick. They may not have many male-marketed fragrances but generally their line has been consistent with their aesthetics. And the good ones are modern classics: Bulgari Black, pour Homme, au de Vert, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    +1 to Gucci. Their last good one was GpH II. Now it's just slick packaging, celebrity-fronted ad campaigns, but still $1 juice.

    Hugo Boss is a main-stayer on this list too. Their retail prices keep inching up but not the quality.

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with the Bulgari pick. They may not have many male-marketed fragrances but generally their line has been consistent with their aesthetics. And the good ones are modern classics: Bulgari Black, pour Homme, au de Vert, etc.
    Hugo boss sucks big time indeed .

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    Ed mutha effin' Hardy. Based purely on the douchiness of the brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post

    I'm afraid I have to disagree with the Bulgari pick. They may not have many male-marketed fragrances but generally their line has been consistent with their aesthetics. And the good ones are modern classics: Bulgari Black, pour Homme, au de Vert, etc.
    I too think that Bulgari comes up with quality stuff once in a while. I also like Bulgari Jasmine Noir.

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    Versace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musky_monkey View Post
    Agreed!
    Who was the rocket scientist at Gucci who made the decision to discontinue the original (and best) Gucci Pour Homme, Gucci Noble and Gucci No.3?
    and Gucci Rush for men! Gucci stinks

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    The modern Guccis are so bland compared to their past scents.

    'Sucks'...such a ridiculous word...

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    The Gucci discontinuations might be credited to Tom Ford being the creative director at the time of Gucci PH, Rush, etc etc. It's painful to see the horrific Guilty/whatever stuff in comparison to what once was.

    I'll say Gucci and Versace. I so hope Oud Noir is decent.

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    + 1 Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    Gucci sucks for discontinuing a bunch of amazing unique frags just to replace them with a bunch of boring generic stuff.
    yeapppppp!!!!!!!!

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    Gucci by a mile for ruining their reputation and making pure crap frags as of lately.
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    I'm goign to say Zegna.

    They started off with some superb offerings and most recently sold everything - the result has been an atrocious selection of scents that even my pet cat would probably vomit over!

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    Boss + Versace -- practically every scent is vile

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    Hugo Boss by a landslide

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    Diesel and Hugo Boss.

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    Versace

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    Out of the very mainstream ones I've tried, which actually aren't too many, Calvin Klein. Hugo Boss seems to focus on being bland too but I like No 1 and 6. Only have tried one Lacoste and it sucked. Diesel as well. Ferrari.

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    Cartier

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    For me it's Boss and Kenzo.

    I've received many great recommendations on Kenzo and every one of them smells like Glade air freshener to me. I'm not knocking the recommendations. It's just my nose and Kenzo aren't simpatico.
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    Armani, Versace, Mugler, Kenzo, JPG, Hugo Boss, Mugler are in my opinion among the brands that, apart from some highlights, are, while not altogether bad, often quite hit and miss.

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    Default Re: Which famous designer brand sucks in fragrances the most?

    calvin klein and hugo boss

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    Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss have proven that its a challenge just to make a half a decent scent.

    Gucci upsets me like so many others here for getting rid of classics and bringing in some garbage, a tragic story indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musky_monkey View Post
    Agreed!
    Who was the rocket scientist at Gucci who made the decision to discontinue the original (and best) Gucci Pour Homme, Gucci Noble and Gucci No.3?
    Agreed. Love the older stuff, luckily it can still be found...

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    They all suck.... Gucci, Prada, Versace, Bvlgari...

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    Haven't liked a Versace scent yet.

    And I realize this may not be a popular choice, but I think I'd pick Prada. All of the Pradas I've tried have had extremely strong synthetic/chemical undertones that I find very unappealing.
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    Aside from the Adidas and other post-workout scents out there, I'd go with Boss. There's not been a single fragrance of theirs that I've enjoyed at all. Even to my mostly untrained nose, the synthetic ingredients stand out in the most horrible of ways, and chemicals aside the scents aren't even anything decent.

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    From an interview Chandler Burr had something especially harsh to say regarding Hugo Boss... anyone remember?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Armani, Versace, Mugler, Kenzo, JPG, Hugo Boss, Mugler are in my opinion among the brands that, apart from some highlights, are, while not altogether bad, often quite hit and miss.
    Mugler?
    Come on!!

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    Yet another vote for Burberry....


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    Between discontinuations of great scents (Envy, Pour Homme II) and the fact that everything they've released since Gucci by Gucci is atrocious, Gucci leads the way for me.

    The sad part is, I have a friend that is addicted to Gucci Guilty, and I have to smell that atrocious juice at least once a month. Occasionally he wears YSL La Nuit de L'Homme, and not only do I like that on him far better, I think that YSL still does a very good job creating fragrances.

    Dishonorable mentions: Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Hugo Boss. None of those three houses have pumped out a scent that I have liked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Cartier
    Seriously?!

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    Other than the crap brands like Lacoste, Boss (their 80s stuff is fine tho), and Abercrombie etc, the Italian designers seem to be especially crappier in recent years -- Gucci & Versace being at the bottom of the pile

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielPlainview View Post
    Lacoste is disgusting. So is Jean Paul Gaultier.
    You find Lacoste disgusting? Perhaps we just understand the word differently. Lacoste doesn't put out anything special...not in the least...but I'm not I find their stuff disgusting, any more than I'd find your run of the mill shampoo or bath gel disgusting, since they tend to smell alike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdoeswell View Post
    Had it not been for the surprisingly good tea fragrance Bulgari PH Extreme, I'd have nominated this house as well.
    Sorry, fellas, but gotta disagree here. Would be interested to hear your explanations, though. To me, Bvlgari puts out some great, understated stuff, several of which have been landmark-type fragrances, as Diamondflame mentioned. Though I'll admit I've found some of the more recent offerings either a bit bland (Man) or banal (Aqva), though it's been ages since I gave those a sniff.

    My vote, by the way, is probably for Boss, though Issey Miyake hasn't produced a winner in years, nor has Ralph Lauren.
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    Default Re: Which famous designer brand sucks in fragrances the most?

    I'll have to vote for Gucci as well. They had some great fragrances going and they discontinued them all, only to replace with cheap smelling, unoriginal, boring mashups of everything else on the market already, with no personality of any kind. I stocked up on GpHI and II, their last two good releases. Anything released after GpHII was/is garbage not worth a dollar.

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    From the really big boys Gucci and Bulgari

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    Hugo Boss.
    One good fragrance (no.1) a looong looong time ago. Of the others mentioned to me Kenzo are interesting, CK still does Obsession, Gucci recently did PH 2 and Envy is not long gone.Lacoste are mediocre but get away with not receiving the wooden spoon because there marketing isn't in your face. Issey Miyake and Ralph Lauren get away with it by the skin of their teeth too in my book.

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    Gucci !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleedredandblue View Post
    Sorry, fellas, but gotta disagree here. Would be interested to hear your explanations, though. To me, Bvlgari puts out some great, understated stuff, several of which have been landmark-type fragrances, as Diamondflame mentioned. Though I'll admit I've found some of the more recent offerings either a bit bland (Man) or banal (Aqva), though it's been ages since I gave those a sniff.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I'm afraid I have to disagree with the Bulgari pick. They may not have many male-marketed fragrances but generally their line has been consistent with their aesthetics. And the good ones are modern classics: Bulgari Black, pour Homme, au de Vert, etc.
    I recently tried Black and I don't get what the fuss is about. It's fairly ordinary to my nose.
    I certainly wouldn't consider any Bulgari frags 'modern classics'. Black only comes close because of its reputation. As I said, PH Extreme is quite nice indeed, and PH is alright too, but nothing else in the range is even what I'd call good, let alone a modern classic. I'm pretty stingy with the term but modern classics should be reserved for frags that really do something special.

    I'd like to hear Diamondflame expand on how he feels the frags are "consistent with their aesthetics". I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.

    As for not having many male-marketed fragrances, it's the male-marketed (and the unisex) upon which I base my judgment in this thread. I find Issey Miyake's Ld'I for women alluring as hell, but I find the mens version and its flankers horrible, so I was considering listing the house in my original post.

    Black, the aqua range, the new Bulgari Man collection? All pretty poor fragrances to me.
    I've not tried their red, white and green frags, but from what I've smelled of the rest of the house, I'm in no great rush to buy samples of them.

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    I wonder why anyone hasnt mentioned Tommy Hilfiger

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    Dolce & Gabbana
    Hugo Boss
    Calvin Klein
    Versace
    Burberry
    Lacoste
    Kenneth Cole
    Diesel
    Kenzo
    Roberto Cavalli
    Ralph Lauren
    Tommy Hilfiger
    Marc Jacobs
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    Liz Claiborne

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