Amy Winehouse's Dad: Jean Paul Gaultier's Tribute Show Was in 'Bad Taste'

01/27/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

Jean Paul Gaultier's Amy Winehouse Tribute
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Paris Fashion Week may represent the finest handiwork in couture design, but Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest offering didn’t leave one bereaved father in stitches.

“The family was upset to see those pictures,” Mitch Winehouse told The Sun of Gaultier’s show, which commemorated¬†the late singer. “We’re still grieving for her loss, and we’ve had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy’s death.

“It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life,” he continues. (The collection heavily references Winehouse’s disheveled aesthetic, reckless attitude and penchant for smoking.)

But Gaultier stands by his intentions: “She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes — it was great,” he said after Wednesday’s show. “It is very joyous.”

And though diplomatically critiques the collection (perhaps neither to incense the veteran designer nor the late chanteuse), they too dubbed the presentation, and all it represented, “So sad.” Tell us: Do you find Jean Paul Gaultier’s presentation insensitive?

Justine Harman


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sheri on

Those outfits and the models are beautiful. Clearly inspired by Amy. Why would the family take it as an insult? I do understand the wound is still fresh. Perhaps the designer could have extended an invitation to the event, or something along that manner, so they were fully aware and could make an objection before the catwalk.

Matt on

I hate to play Devil’s Advocate in this case, but I understand both sides of the argument. The family feels that JPG is only portraying the negative aspects of her life (when she was dressing as such, she was going thru drug and alcohol addicition) and wants her memory to be that of her amazing music. At the same time, I personally loved the collection and the tribute, because I truly don’t feel that the designer had any mal-intent in paying tribute to Amy. He felt that she was influental and amazing in both the fashion and musical realms, and this was his way of communicating his admiration for her.

pumkim lumpkin on


Beth on

Well,when they use male models, it can be insulting !

Betty on

The outfits are cute and I do see how it was meant to be a tirbute. But so soon after her death they should have consulted her family and got approval. That would have been the classy thing to do.

nicole on

i don’t think its an insult. he is an amazing designer and I think this was a tribute to Winehouse.

kateb105 on

I actually would just like to comment on @Sheri and @Matt’s comments. What a beautiful surprise to see WELL written, thoughtful and grammatically correct comments on here.

Melody on

Both Amy’s style and music are what made her an icon – they go hand and hand. I understand that her family does not want her to be remembered for the trying times during her life, but we must remember that it was during these trying times that she created her distinct fashion choices, her persona and image. The world cannot remember Amy for only her voice, because she was so much more than that. Her personality, charm, guts, and bravado from her voice were all physically portrayed in her fashion and demeanor – and that is what I believe JPG wanted to celebrate – and he did in a very tasteful presentation. Rest in peace, Amy.

mrsmass on

the family may want the memory of Amy to be of her music, but in reality, people are going to remember her for other parts of her life too. you can’t tell people what to think.

Tanya on

I think it’s fabulous!!! JPG should have extended an invitation to the family as a gesture that Amy’s inspiration still lives.

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