With the sorrow upon hearing of Amy Winehouse's death, comes the sad realisation that her extraordinary talent has been lost. How tragic to think that never again will we be entertained by her soulful music or see another of her entirely unique outfits.
Some consolation comes with reports that the troubled star left behind an unfinished album which is likely to receive a posthumous release. What's more, today brings a glimmer of hope that her kooky Fifties fashion survives through the clothes she designed for Fred Perry.
You'll remember Grazia Daily first posted shots of Amy modelling her retro-tastic collection in October last year and we were mightily impressed by the bright polo shirts and argyle sweaters in the singer's signature style (the gingham playsuit was our personal fave and you can still buy it here). 'Amy gave crucial input on proportion, colour and fit,' Richard Martin, Fred Perry’s marketing director told WWD in March, 'The range clearly has Amy’s handwriting.'
But it wasn't just one collection that Winehouse 'wrote' for the British heritage brand. In an interview with Grazia's Polly Vernon, she revealed that she's 'pretty much done like up to autumn/winter 2012'.
So what will become of these three unseen lines? Fred Perry told Fashionista that the collection is 'on hold until we speak with Amy’s family and management' and until then, they are unable to comment further. Which means, for now, we can only hope that we haven’t seen the last of Amy’s designs.
- Jessica Vince