Lagerfeld Classic is one of those fragrances that inspires rage in a lot people. I think it's because it's so powdery, and the fact that some people think it smells like something only a grandma could love. I even hated it when I first got a bottle as a gift about twelve years ago. My wife hated the smell even more than I did, so she took my bottle and used it as an air freshener for our bathroom when guests stunk up the place.
Thankfully, all of that is in the past. I now realize that I simply wasn't savvy enough to pull off wearing this scent. Like Quorum and Antaeus, Lagerfeld Classic is a man's scent, and you need some life experience under your belt to be able to appreciate and wear this fragrance with conviction. I'm now over 40, I've been practicing law for over 16 years, I've been self-employed for 13 years, I've been married for 15 years, I have two kids, and my hair's starting to turn gray. I think it's okay for me to wear Lagerfeld Classic now.
This has become one of my favorite fragrances. I even own a big bottle of the aftershave too, which is also great. I feel the key to enjoying Lagerfeld is applying it properly. It's a tangy, musky and powdery oriental fragrance that benefits from light application. With Lagerfeld, less is more - any more than a few spritzes, and you'll smell like a big walking powder puff dipped in Hi-C. It's a crass scent when it's overapplied, and you'll smell like a bum.
Lagerfeld Classic deserves better than that, and you do too. When this is applied conservatively, it's a beautifully balanced, very hot and spicy fragrance. Counteracting the powderiness are some very dark aromatics like tobacco, clove and patchouli, and the fragrance becomes darker, more aromatic, and less powdery the longer you wear it. Lagerfeld starts off like a dandy's fragrance, and ends up smelling like Don Juan's signature scent. The heavy musks in this also get stronger over time, and simply add to its allure.
Without a question, Lagerfeld is truly a love/hate fragrance, and even though I love it, I can certainly understand why many people hate it. You need to at least like, if not love, powdery fragrances in order to appreciate it. If powder pisses you off, don't even bother with Lagerfeld.
You also need, however, to have the right mind-set when you wear this, not just so you'll understand this scent better, but so you'll have that confident swagger in your step when you're out and about, without even trying. It's that kind of cologne.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Karl Lagerfeld