After Amy Winehouse's tragic passing, we wondered about the fate of her collection with Fred Perry. She told Harper's Bazaar back in October that she and Perry had designed through fall 2012 but when we asked Perry's PR for comment they would only say that the collection was “on hold until we speak with Amy’s family and management” and would not comment further.
Perry has since spoken with Winehouse's family and the label has announced plans to release the fall 2012 Amy Winhouse for Fred Perry collection and wholesale the spring 2012 collection, WWD is reporting.
“Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration, and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece,” Fred Perry said in a statement. Amy's royalties and fees from the collections will be donated to the soon-to-be-created Amy Winehouse foundation and Fred Perry has said he will make a "seasonal donation" to the Foundation.” In the same statement, Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, said "When Fred Perry came to us to ask what we would like to do with the new collection it was natural to continue...Amy loved working on both collections, and would want them to be made available. All the money we make and the donation that Fred Perry will give will go straight into to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which we are setting up to help children and young people in her name."
As celebrity design collabs go, Amy was extremely involved with her '50s-influenced collection for the British high street retailer. “Amy gave crucial input on proportion, color and fit. The range clearly has Amy’s handwriting," Perry's marketing director, Richard Martin, told WWD last March. Take a look at her last collection for Perry here.
We look forward to seeing Winehouse's posthumous collections for Perry and hope they're sell-out successes. Will you buy a piece or two?