I took the elevator with my best friend, Adrienne, to the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower, a building I used to visit daily when I worked at Cosmo... flashback. This time, I was invited back to attend an event for Harper's Bazaar hosted by their Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor, Avril Graham in celebration of Donna Karan's latest fragrance, Woman. It was a rainy night in NYC and I was at a wine tasting and fragrance pairing overlooking Central Park. Yes, I drank to that. The essence of Donna Karan was felt. Black linens draped the tables, zen music filled the room, candles lit the space and orchids were predominately displayed as centerpieces... never mind the NYC skyline surrounding us. This was a different experience, not just another event. Trudi Loren,who is in charge of fragrance development at Estee Lauder was joined by Stephanie Johnson, the Wine Director at City Winery and they took us on a journey of exploration pairing three key ingredients in the fragrance with wine.
In the end, Donna Karan Woman is a powerful fragrance for women, made by women. Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Liya Kebede came together for the campaign; all mothers, models and philanthropists to proudly represent what the fragrance stands for. (Watch the video here).
"I believe women are complex and full of emotion and feelings. We have a unique ability to care and share and make the world a better place," remarks Donna Karan. When I approached the project I wove this idea of the multi-faceted woman into all aspects of the process."
The fragrance can be summed up in three words: strength, softness and sensuality. Johnson chose to pair it with a 2009 Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, California called L'Angevin. It had depth and richness with soft edges.
Donna Karan Woman can be found at department stores like Saks. 1.7 oz, $85 and 3.4 oz., $115