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.
From 1997 until 2021, fragrances were produced under licensing arrangements with Estee Lauder. In 2021, the license moved to Inter Parfums.
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
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), Liquid Cashmere Aqua (2016), Cashmere Veil (2017), Cashmere Mist Essence (2018).
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.
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
2009: DKNY Men (replaces 2000 version), DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, DKNY Women Summer 2009, DKNY Love From New York
2019: Be Delicious Pool Party
Where to buy
The Donna Karan and DKNY fragrances can be found at department stores or online fragrance discounters.