The beehive hair do, the beauty spot, the eye make-up and the tight dresses, it has to be none other than the vocal talent that was Amy Winehouse. On Thursday evening french designer, Jean Paul Gautier showed his spring couture collection in tribute to the vocalist (although he admits he has never met her). The collection involved, lace dresses, pin strip suits, hint of neon colours throughout, fitting nicely with Gaultier’s theme of excitement in his clothes. The collection was intended to show the “joyous” of her fashion sense. 

 

Tim Blanks Of style.com said

“Gaultier managed to turn his couture presentation into both a celebratory send-off for Winehouse”

However, Winehouse’s father werent too thrilled about the collection. In an article in the Sun he attacked the designer for his tribute saying:

The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock. We’re still grieving for her loss, and we’ve had a difficult week with the six month anniversary of Amy’s death. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on … We’re proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste. It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best and glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life. That’s upsetting for her family.

The Irony in this is that couture is the least profitable of all fashion enterprises. It is seen as an archaic craft and a lot of Ready-To-Wear enterprises now hold couture values. However Mitch Winehouse still maintains that Gaultier should make a donation to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. A foundation set up to Help Troubled youth.

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