Donna Karan launched Gold earlier this year. The fragrance was created by perfumers Yann Vasnier and Rodrigo Flores-Roux, and features notes of Casablanca lilies, fluid amber, sparkling acacia, white clove, jasmine templar, golden blossom and patchouli.
Last month I said that I thought Tom Ford's Black Orchid was perhaps the most impressive mainstream perfume release this year; Donna Karan's Gold may well get my vote for the prettiest. The top notes are crisp and summery, with lots of lily; as it calms, the lily is folded into the other floral notes — it is never cloying or heavy, as lily can sometimes be — and in general the fragrance has the “well-blended” aspect that distinguishes a modern department store floral. If you're a huge lily fan, you may find the whole thing too sheer for your taste; if you're not, it might be just the thing.
As it dries down, it gets warmer and takes on a pale, sueded amber finish with mild hints of spice. In the Eau de Toilette, it never gets more than middling-warm; the Eau de Parfum is both richer and warmer, and perhaps more appropriate to cold weather.
It is supposed to be “unabashedly sexy” (Women's Wear Daily, 6/9/06), but I can't say I find it so; “unabashedly pretty”, however, I'll go for. Given how rare unabashedly pretty is in the department stores these days, I'm very surprised it hasn't garnered more of a following on the fragrance forums. Do comment: did you love it? Hate it? Couldn't care less?
Donna Karan Gold is available in Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum (in spray or rollerball), Parfum and Body Lotion. The Eau de Toilette is available now at imaginationperfumery; if you want the stronger concentrations, you'll have to pay full price at a department store. Do note that the pretty bottle shown above is the Eau de Parfum; the Eau de Toilette is in a clear glass bottle.
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