Irreverent enfant-terrible of the fashion world, Jean Paul Gaultier is used to be both heavily criticized and highly praised. This time the controversy is the Amy Winehouse inspired looks he presented on the catwalk of his Haute Couture show. Amy Winehouse father, Mitch Winehouse, has spoken out against Jean Paul Gaultier, saying that the designer collection was “an insult”. “The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock,” Mr Winehouse told The Sun. “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 glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That’s upsetting for her family.” We all miss Amy’s talent, but I have the feeling his father was often more interested in his daughter fame and public role that in her personal happiness. I’m not here to judge a father/daughter relationship I don’t know much about, but I remember Winehouse always had an on-and-off relationship with her dad because in many occasions he spoke about her demons to the press. I remember she once tweeted “WHY don’t my dad WRITE a SONG when something bothers him instead of going on national tv? An you thought YOUR parents were embarrassing.” Knowing Jean Paul Gautier I can be sure of one thing: he never meant to be offensive or lacking respect to Amy’s memory, I’m sure he meant it as a tribute (and I see no reason why Gaultier should consult Mr Winehouse on what he designs).
Amy Winehouse’ father vs Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Collection
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