Originally Posted by rdawson808
Has anyone tried the Viktor & Ralph? How about the new (?) Burberry Weekend? bob
The new Burberry (in the tan tartan) is actually called Burberry London. The former Burberry London (red tartan) is now just called Burberry. Very confusing. I can't help but think it is a nefarious plot by Burberry to get some spillover sales of the old Burberry London by tricking people into thinking they are buying the new Burberry. But maybe I'm just jaded. I quite like the old Burberry London, vauguely boozey but still quite delicate. I'm very excited for the new Burberry, which by all acounts is rich and lush, great autumnal stuff. YSL L'Homme is, indeed, disappointing. Personally, I hold YSL to a higher standard than most designer houses, as they tend to be very adventurous (usually to the detriment of their sales. Hence L'Homme soul-less mass-appeal). I agree that Prada Amber isn't much to write home about. Its very pleasant, but my dresser is too crowded to warrant a space for something I know I'll never reach for. I quite like Terre d'Hermes as well. Hermes has built up a reputation for robust scents (Equipage and Rocobar spring to mind. Now That's The Smell of a Man!), and by comparison, Terre d'Hermes is a bit more soft-spoken. A bit more unisex and, yes, a bit "wan". The perfumer, Jean-Claude Elena
is known for his minimalist compositions, and considering that the last 25 years have seen a turn in the men's fragrance market from the Manly (see Drakkar Noir's popularity in the 80s) to the Acquatic (see Acqua di Gio's continued reign of terror), hiring him to revamp the house image may well have been a good move by Hermes. It doesn't mean its a great artistic move. Hermes, like YSL, is now following rather than leading. Ive heard Ellena's light, citric style dismissively boiled down to a "signature dishwater accord", but I think it works with Terre d'Hermes. It has a mineral freshness to it, reminds me of dew on a cold cobblestone at dawn. Nonethless, its pretty formulaic, an I'd like to see something with a bit more oomph... hence my excitement for Burberry London. Leather & Brandy? Bring it on!