Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Among the prestige releases (i.e. those that lie between niche and mass market), Donna Karan never fails to capture my attention with imaginative and elegant compositions. Even the fruity-floral idea of Be Delicious was rendered in such an unexpected manner that I cannot fail to admire it. What could have been a sweet and pretty apple is instead an intensely green violet leaf composition suggesting a vision of a crisp fruit. Although miles away from the sparkling vibrancy of Be Delicious and the seductive darkness of Black Cashmere, Gold nevertheless maintains a sleek urban image that marks the Donna Karan fashion line as well as the fragrance range. …
The fragrance explores the green and animalic facets of lily, resulting in a composition that offers layers of sensations. Though Gold initially appears as an aloof ice queen, one glimpses more surprising facets of her personality as the courtship evolves. The transparent and crisp floral accord that unfolds like a sheath of cool silk slowly heats up to attain a spicy warmth.
In the Eau de Toilette concentration, the cool and lucid sensation is maintained longer, being anchored by the sheer ambery base. However, in the Eau de Parfum, and even more so in the pure parfum, the alluring richness of amber and leather completely envelops the floral heart. The subtle animalic undercurrent colors the pristine whiteness of lily, lending the floral bouquet a sensual touch. Gold elegantly straddles the line between a smooth flower petal and a supple leather ribbon.
In contrast to the plush Serge Lutens Un Lys, another beautiful lily dominated floral, Gold is rendered as cool and crisp. Its softness becomes more pronounced with time. While many modern florals are structured in a linear manner, unfolding panoramically within the first few minutes, Gold’s evolution with time is one of its most appealing qualities. The best part is that it makes the most of it, becoming more and more alluring the longer one wears it.
Donna Karan Gold was created by Calice Becker, Yann Vasnier and Rodrigo Flores-Roux. It includes notes of patchouli, balsam, acacia flowers, jasmine, Casablanca lily, clove, amber. It is available from various retailers such as, Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus.