2012’s Paris Fashion Week saw Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture fashion collection paying tribute to icon Amy Winehouse; featuring signature beehives, heavy eyeliner and models smoking cigarettes, a la Amy.
The replica Winehouse’s boldly swaggered down the catwalk to a few of the singer’s infamous classics, setting a sombre yet electric vibe throughout. Inspired by the late celebrities mis-matched style, Gaultier’s visualisation of what the star represented did not disappoint…although it did cause much controversy, especially from father Mitch Winehouse.
‘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.’
As much as the collection must have upset the family and friends of the late legend, the collection acknowledges the talent Amy Winehouse possessed and acts as a celebration of her amazing style and popularity.