Opposition, contrast, a distinct duality is woven through just about every aspect of life. There is both a lightness and a darkness inside each of us—neither completely one or the other, both qualities coexist. I celebrate my polarizing qualities: I have to honor my purity but at other times, I must honor my fiery cravings—those internal expressions that spill out externally with reckless abandon from day to day, moment to moment. When Donna Karan Fragrance asked me to translate their new Liquid Cashmere Black fragrance into a visual experience, I knew it would be a perfect opportunity to talk about the dualities of my life. This mysterious, sensory experience was in perfect time with the seasons.
There is no denying it: fall is upon us. The days are delightfully crisp and cool, the swoony fall foliage is starting to turn, gourds are everywhere… I may spend the better part of summer near a beach and barefoot, draped in ethereal caftans, but as the seasons change so does my lifestyle. Urban life is a stark, but not necessarily unwelcome, contrast to my laid-back Amagansett summers. Thrust into NYC life, back to school, fashion week, work and the responsibilities that come with it, there will be back-to-back meetings and events to attend, with more structured, architectural clothing and sky-high heels to wear. It all gets a little hectic to say the least. While the transition is dramatic, it is also a necessary yin and yang of my life.
As temperatures drop and the seasonal vibe shifts, I yearn for cozier, cocoon-like environments—I crave a bit of moody hibernation and more intimate experiences to balance my packed days. That doesn’t mean the indulgence lacks, however. I like to spend my weekends in the city this time of year and since my husband travels often, Saturdays are an ideal time for re-connecting with my girlfriends. When the husband’s away, the ladies will play (plus, the child at a sleepover). The ritual looks something like this: I buy the red wine, they bring the macaroons and the night becomes a boozy mélange of boy talk, laughter, and late nights where the conversation often borders on risqué but never leaves the room.
As an homage to those indulgent ladies’ nights in, I created a visual feast inspired by the intoxicating raw elements of Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Black—essences of black cherry, raspberry, praline and rose. What fantastical fun it was for me to play like this, to discover an extravagant, enigmatic experience for all of the senses. When I think of blackness there is a sensuous and evocative allure, but cashmere brings to mind silky textures and self-indulgence. A lighter-than-air, creamy, yet rather mysterious French macaroon immediately struck me as the desired edible expression—as a starting point to be engulfed in a lush, epicurean utopia.
Red wine, decadent chocolate, lush concord grapes, black plums, raspberries, sweet black cherries, and nero macaroons mingling with deep and dark blackberry sorbet swooned me as I took in the alchemy of these elements, inspired by Donna Karan Liquid Black Cashmere and sending me into irresistible reverie.
My interpretation of the pure, clean counterpart found in Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere White is here. Both sophisticated, positively swoony scents evoke the dramatically opposed energies found in every woman.