Photographs Courtesy of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

summer is the season of, let’s face it, sweat and sand, but DKNY is ready to turn that around with its latest fragrance collection of sweet summer scents that chart the globe. DKNY [HEARTS] The World is launching exclusively at Sephora stores nationwide this month and will offer four refreshing scents inspired by four beloved cities, beginning with a city all eyes will be on this summer – London, home of the 2012 Olympics.


Donna Karan’s take on London reflects a seductive balance between the vibrant happening hub of club culture and curry and the quiet serenity of England’s countryside in full bloom. London is a mature scent, refined and yet ever-so wearable no matter the occasion. It features a medley of spring hyacinth, green apples, rich honeysuckle, blackcurrant buds and, naturally, English roses. It shares bottom notes of warm amber and vetiver and with that, becomes so Bond Street chic.

New York

This fragrance is, in DKNY terms, “ripe for adventure.” It strives for downtown meets uptown with a dominant crisp green apple at its core. Donna Karan launched the scent for her hometown by observing the culture hub’s diverse surroundings of Central Park, The Met, SoHo and Times Square. The perfume aims to offer something for everyone but goes a bit overboard. The overripe Big Apple indeed.


Paris: Where do we begin? The scent harmoniously matches the city’s sophistication and ability to go from day to night with, you guessed it, a little black dress. This fragrance is on-point with its source of inspo in that it’s young, it’s old, it’s complicated, it’s moody and it’s all together stylish. The Paris fragrance is by far the most romantic of the DKNY [HEARTS] The World collection. The perfume boasts notes of fresh jasmine, violet and patchouli with a sweet touch of vanilla and Gala apples. Like the city, it’s where your favorite sweet croissant meets a badass Bordeaux, and it just works. It veers on the chic-sexy side and is definitely evening appropriate.


Obsessed: You almost want to ask if this scent is too fun and overly sexy. (It’s that good). And then you realize, they don’t call it Rio for nothing. If you could capture the energy, colors, fruits and spices and dance of one city in one bottle, this would be it.

DKNY has above and beyond accomplished its mission with Rio, which has ultra personality and yet, mass appeal (like Brazilian supermodel and footballer Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen). One spritz and life seems suddenly tropical, loud and lush, and you might actually go out tonight. The bottled celebration blends Maracuja fruit and Pink Lady apples with notes of myrrh, benzoin and warm sandalwood. It’s topped with refreshing orange flower and alluring gardenia, creating a juicy and floral blend that could make teens to seniors want to samba through the streets in six-inch platforms day or night. Summer never smelled so memorable.

The collection debuts mid-July and each 1.7 oz. scent retails for $65. For more, visit Sephora at The Westchester in White Plains and at 75 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich.

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