Absolutely Amanda: Amanda Lepore's new Fragrance

Fabulous doesn’t begin to describe the newly launched fragrance Amanda-a scented celebration of iconic personality Amanada Lepore, who is known throughout the world as the reigning doyenne of transsexuality.

The juice is signed by Christophe Laudemiel, the nose behind many wildly successful fragrances including Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude, Island Michael Kors (with Loc Dong), Elton John Black Candle, Clinique Happy Heart, and Ralph Lauren Polo Blue (with Carlos Benaim).

Called “the enfant terrible of contemporary perfumery,” Laudamiel was so inspired by Lepore’s larger-than-life persona that he created a fragrance especially for her as a birthday present many years ago. Lepore has worn the scent faithfully ever since, and it has become as much a part of her allure as her famous red lips.

Now available to the public in a limited-release edition of 5,000 bottles, Amanda has an assertive blond-woody structure bolstered by Orriniff, a new molecular structure that imparts a warm orris amber note in counterpoint to natural floral extracts Tuberose absolute, Orris butter, Violet, and Orange flowers. A sliver of Cristal champagne combines with elegant citrus inspired by an Italian Renaissance elixir to give the fragrance a golden shimmer. Notes of cucumber and strawberry and-our favorite-a red lipstick accord add quirkiness to the composition.

The Amanda coffret is sheer decadence. It’s lined in black satin and includes a bottle sporting more than 1,000 Swarovski crystals, a blush-colored satin atomizer, and a signed booklet featuring new photographs of Ms. Lepore by Nico Iliev.

At $950 (hey, what recession?) for the coffret, Amanda EDP comes in 4.25 fl.oz/125 ml and is available exclusively at artwareeditions.com.