AMY WINEHOUSE's father, Mitch, has spoken out against the Jean Paul Gaultier show which paid tribute to his daughter's iconic style; calling it "an insult" to the singer.
"The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock," he said. "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."Although the couture clothes seen on the catwalk will not be retailed, rather created bespoke for just a handful of clients, Mitch maintained a donation should have been made in the late singer's name.
"No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation," he told the Sun. "This is purely about Gaultier making money, and that's wrong."
He later Tweeted from his personal account, @mitchwinehouse: "We don't support the Jean Paul Gaultier collection. It's in bad taste. Mitch."Gaultier's tribute to the singer - which included models dressed glamorously in beehives and eyeliner - was a celebration of her impact on fashion, the designer said. He isn't the only fashion name to have been inspired by the singer's unique style, Karl Lagerfeld incorporated her signature look into his one-off, 2007 Paris-Londres Maison d'Art show in London, describing how the star was "not only a muse", but "a genius".
"She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes - it was great," Gaultier said. "It was very Eighties but we did it in a very modern way. It is very joyous."