Following Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show last week, Amy Winehouse’s father has called it offensive. Mitch Winehouse tweeted, “We don’t support the Jean Paul Gaultier collection,” one day after the collection was shown in Paris. “It’s in bad taste.”
Kelly Osbourne, one of Amy's close friends, also took to Twitter to express her thoughts. "Although @JPGaultier was paying homage to my dear friend & icon to the world i found it to be lucratively selfish and distasteful!" she said. "They had 3 men singing rehab & models walking in death vials,its barley been 6 months since her passing!"
Speaking to The Sun this weekend, Mitch said the tribute to the singer’s unique style came as a “total shock”. He accused the designer of cashing in on his daughter’s death by sending models wearing beehives, winged eyeliner and Amy-esque outfits down the catwalk.
"To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on,” Mitch said. “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,” he continued “and glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family."
Gaultier described his show as a homage to the musician’s iconic style, telling WWD, “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon.”
26/02/12: Jean Paul Gaultier's Tribute to Amy Winehouse
What better way to mark the six-month anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death than with a dramatic couture show in Paris? That’s exactly what Jean Paul Gaultier did yesterday, paying tribute to the troubled singer – who died in July last year – by using her as the muse for his latest collection.
To a rousing rendition of Rehab, a parade of Amy-a-likes sauntered down the catwalk sporting low-cut shirts and sequinned pencil skirts with baseball jackets. In place of the crooner’s trademark headscarves and corsages, models wore veils and puffed on cigarettes. And in signature Wino style, each look was polished off by cat-winged black eyeliner, a beauty spot, and towering beehives that came in an array of hot colours, from bubblegum pink to cobalt blue and tangerine orange. Nicki Minaj will have a field day.
Couture customers, meanwhile, may be less enthusiastic about paying thousands of pounds to dress like a North London rockabilly, but it was a quirky homage nonetheless. And the designer’s signatures were still apparent, thanks to sharp tailoring and bustier tops clinched by wide belts. Karlie Kloss glided towards us in a green trench-coat-slash-ball-gown while Andrej Pejic worked an intricate frock with his blonde bouffant.
‘Amy Winehouse was a true style icon,’ Gaultier said backstage. ‘What she stands for above all, is uniqueness. Both in music and the way she dressed, she mixed a great many influences.’ Hear, hear.
Of course, JPG is not the first designer to be inspired by La Winehouse. Karl Lagerfeld sent beehived models down his Chanel catwalk in December 2007 and Jonathan Kelsey designed the 'Amy' shoe in her honour.