Amanda is a new boutique fragrance from the iconic Amanda Lepore and is designed by award-winning perfumer Christophe Laudamiel of Les Christophs. Ms. Lepore is one of today’s most recognizable international celebrities and is the reigning doyenne of transsexuality worldwide. Mr. Laudamiel was so inspired by Ms. Lepore that he created a fragrance especially for her as a birthday gift many years ago. She has since worn the fragrance faithfully and the scent has become as much a part of her physical allure as her famous red lips. Now for the first time, this expertly crafted scent is available to the public in a limited edition release of 5,000 bottles.
For Amanda, Mr. Laudamiel aimed to capture Ms. Lepore’s soft elegance, glamour and formidable strength with a fragrance that was larger than life. Amanda is both assertive for Ms. Lepore’s public persona and tender for her private persona. The overall assertive blond-woody structure of the fragrance is bolstered by a revolutionary new molecular structure, Orriniff™, that imparts a warm orris amber tone and provides a softening platform for real and beautiful floral extracts like Tuberose absolute, Orris butter, Violet, and Orange flowers. The achieved smooth, velvety whiteness reminiscent of Amanda’s white and soft skin combines with elegant citrus inspired from an Italian Renaissance elixir to give the fragrance a golden shimmer that is reinforced with a real sliver of Cristal® champagne. For quirkiness, there is a dash of cucumber and strawberry and a stroke of a red-lipstick accord.
The Amanda coffret is lined with black satin and includes the exquisite bottle decorated with over 1,000 Swarovski® crystals, a blush colored, satin atomizer, and a signed booklet featuring new photographs of Ms. Lepore by acclaimed photographer Nico Iliev.
As David LaChapelle’s muse, Amanda Lepore became the subject for his edgy and alluring photographs, and she has been included in the advertising campaigns of such prestigious companies as Armani, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mont Blanc, MTV and Heatherette. Ms. Lepore is a sought-after nightclub hostess who also performs internationally promoting her hit album, Fierce Pussy.
Christophe Laudamiel is a world-class perfumer who co-authored Polo Blue for Men, Ralph Lauren, the 2003 FIFI Award winner for Men’s Fragrance Star of the Year. He designed the scent for the CEW Award-winning Elton John’s Black Candle, as well as other fine fragrances for The Estée Lauder Companies, Harvey Nichols and Tom Ford. In partnership with Christoph Hornetz, Mr. Laudamiel forms Les Christophs, a Berlin and New York-based duo of avant-garde perfumers that designed the prestigious 15 scents for Thierry Mugler Parfums’ Le Coffret. Mr. Hornetz designed the elegant Amanda bottle inspired by disco balls from legendary clubs where Amanda regularly appears.
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