With beehived hair, winged eyeliner, and a barbershop quartet singing her tunes, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Haute Couture show was an obvious homage to the late Amy Winehouse. Only not everyone thought it was such an honor: The songstress’ dad, Mitch Winehouse, has spoken out against the show saying it was “in bad taste,” the Associated Press is reporting.
“We’re still grieving for her loss, and we’ve had a difficult week with the six month anniversary of Amy’s death,” Winehouse told UK paper The Sun (as quoted in the AP). “To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on.”
“No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation,” he added. It’s true that while Amy’s image, as a famous pop star, arguably belongs to the public, a certain degree of sensitivity and conscientiousness should have been exercised, given the songstress’ tragic (and recent) death. Surely, Jean Paul Gaultier should have at least given the Winehouse family a heads-up, if not offered to contribute some proceeds to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
What’s more, the fact that Gaultier chose to dress the models in black veils, holding cigarettes, struck a particularly negative chord with the Winehouse family. “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,” Winehouse said. “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.”
What’s your take? Do you think the Gaultier show honored Amy–or was it too soon?