I can also identify with the "specialness" issue with regard to overload. Guess I've got a number of things factoring into my perfume issues...!
Tried the pure white linen and am wearing it today. It is not as earthy and not as green as Lauren, but it is carefree, sporty, clean, and lightly floral. So, by today's standards, this indeed has a very similar feel as Lauren in the 70's/80's; I'd say it somewhat conveys an updated image of the same persona.
But, you know, PWL just lacks the underlying elegance of Lauren. I would be hard pressed to wear this for a special evening. Lauren would fit in anywhere....*sigh*....
(snapping out of nostalgiac revery)....did someone say green version of Ysatis?!...I'm a big fan of Ysatis...okay, I'm going to try out the Liz.... will report back.
Ivoire gets a bit "leathery" on me, especially the parfum. It's not as bright and fresh as I want, but agree it's a truly great, unique, elegant frag.
May need to go back to the older Vent Vert, but that's a little soft and spring-like. Sabi is too sweet; I wish they would toughen that one up - it could be wonderful. Perhaps the parfum version of Sabi is better?
Just received a compliment on PWL from a co-worker.