Karl Lagerfeld's 1978 men's cologne was initially just Lagerfeld, later renamed Lagerfeld Classic. The bottles look the same, but the font has changed and the word "Classic" was added. Mine is the older Lagerfeld Cologne you see in the top photo, so that's what I'm reviewing here: the rich aromatic oriental created by perfumer Ron Winnegard for Uncle Karl's original perfume line. It was the time Lagerfeld designed for Chloe, Fendi, as well as for the theater, before Chanel, before the weight gain, the drastic diet and the sleek silhouette that has become his trademark.
|Karl Lagerfeld circa1970, by Antonio Lopez.|
I don't think of Lagerfeld by Lagerfeld as a particularly masculine fragrance. The opening notes, as green and spicy as they appear, also have a floral undercurrent that keeps it light and cheerful, before it takes a turn towards the powder and wood. From that point, Lagerfeld is an avalanche of darker and sweeter notes, most notably tobacco, amber and tonka bean. The eau de cologne concentration keeps Lagerfeld from being very heavy, for better and for worse. It's just sweet and rich enough to feel satisfying and slightly cuddly.
Lagerfeld by Lagerfeld, at least in its vintage form, has decent sillage from 2-3 sprays, and stays on, though close to the skin, for at least six hours. I love it enough to spray with abandon at times and get an all day longevity.
Notes: bergamot, tarragon, lemon, clary sage, green notes, aldehydes, rose, cedarwood, tobacco, jasmine, orris, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, oakmoss, vanilla, tonka, musk.
Photos via: Find Your Mom's Basement, Hprint, Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine.