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Fashion designer who attended the Parsons School of Design, then went to work for Anne Klein at the age of 20. In 1985, she started her own brand with her husband, Stephan Weiss; the Donna Karan fashion brand has been owned by LVMH since 2001. According to the New York Times, Karan "became a force in American fashion by training her sights on the real-life wardrobe requirements of urban career women". In 2015, Karan stepped down from her position as chief designer.

Fragrances were introduced in 1992 with Donna Karan New York, followed by DK Men (1994, later renamed Fuel for Men), Cashmere Mist (1994, although it started as a scent for body products), Chaos (1996). These initial fragrances were produced in-house, and lost considerable money for the brand.

Since 1997, fragrances have been produced under licensing arrangements with Estee Lauder. There are now two main lines: Donna Karan Beauty (associated with the main Donna Karan fashion line) and DKNY (associated with the DKNY bridge line).

Donna Karan Beauty

Fragrances include Black Cashmere (2002), Pure Cashmere (2004),  Donna Karan Essence (2005).

Recent fragrances under the Donna Karan Beauty name include Donna Karan Gold (2006), Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition (2009), Cashmere Mist Liquid Nude (2010), Cashmere Mist Pearl Essence (2012), Donna Karan Woman (2012), Cashmere Mist Gold Essence (2013), Liquid Cashmere (2014), Liquid Cashmere White & Liquid Cashmere Black (2015), Cashmere Aura (2016), Liquid Cashmere Blush (2016).

Donna Karan Collection

In 2008, Donna Karan relaunched a collection of "iconic" and discontinued fragrances: Donna Karan, Chaos, Fuel for Men, Black Cashmere and the Donna Karan Essence Collection. These scents are available at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the US, at John Lewis or Harrods in the UK, or online.

Recent additions to the Donna Karan Collection include Iris (2010), Mandarin Neroli (2012).

Fragrances from DKNY

Fragrances include DKNY Women (1999), DKNY Men (2000), DKNY Energy Women & Men (2002), Be Delicious (2004), Be Delicious Men (2005) and Red Delicious (2006).

Recent launches include:

2006: DKNY Summer

2007: DKNY Summer 2007, Be Delicious Picnic in the Park, DKNY To Go, DKNY Delicious Night

2008: DKNY Summer 2008, Charmingly Delicious

2009: DKNY Men (replaces 2000 version), DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, DKNY Women Summer 2009, DKNY Love From New York

2010: Delicious Candy Apple Sweet Caramel, Ripe Raspberry and Juicy Berry, Pure DKNY, DKNY Woman Summer 2010, Be Delicious Juiced and Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Juiced

2011DKNY Women Energizing, DKNY Woman Summer 2011, DKNY Men Summer 2011, Pure DKNY Verbena, Golden Delicious, Delicious Candy Apples Sweet Strawberry & Fresh Orange

2012: Sweet Delicious CollectionDKNY Hearts The WorldBe Delicious Sparkling Apple, DKNY Women Summer & Men Summer 2012, Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau So Intense, Pure DKNY A Drop of Rose

2013: DKNY City, DKNY Woman Fall

2014: Be Delicious City Blossom, DKNY MYNY, DKNY Women Sparkling Fall, Be Delicious Sparkling Apple collection

2015: Delicious Delights, DKNY Metallic City, Be Desired, DKNY Women Summer & Men Summer 2015

2016: Be Delicious Electric, DKNY Women Summer & Men Summer 2016, Be Delicious Electric Vivid Orchid, DKNY Be Tempted, Be Tempted Eau So Blush, Be Delicious Crystallized & Fresh Blossom Crystallized

Where to buy

The Donna Karan and DKNY fragrances can be found at department stores or online fragrance discounters.


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Further reading

See all articles on Now Smell This tagged Donna Karan, or check out our collection of Donna Karan fragrance commercials.

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