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Jean Paul Gaultier & Amy Winehouse?

Seems like an odd combination, but the French fashion designer’s latest collection was apparently inspired by the late British soul singer.  Gaultier debuted his Spring/Summer 2012 Collection at Paris Week a few days ago, sporting models with sky-high, messy brunette beehives, hoop earrings, black winged eyeliner and even fake beauty marks above their upper lips – all trademark looks of Winehouse, who died last summer at the tender age of 27 from effects of alcohol and drug abuse.  An a capella group also sang Winehouse’s hit, “Rehab,” in the background while the models walked the runway.  Gaultier stated the following, after his show last Wednesday, “She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes – it was great.”  Not everyone thought it was a flattering portrayal though… Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, was particularly upset about the models’ aesthetic, telling The Sun, “It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life.”  Her father is referring to Amy’s heedless behavior, like her constant cigarette smoking that was depicted in the show (pictured, below).  Amy Winehouse’s close friend and fellow Brit, Kelly Osbourne, also had some angry feelings about the show, taking to Twitter to say, “Although JPGaultier was paying homage to my dear friend & icon to the world i found it to be lucratively selfish and distasteful!”  Gaultier stands by his decision though, telling Women’s Wear Daily, “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon,” and added that he thought she was overlooked by fashion magazines.  Whatever Gaultier’s intentions, his show was still unique, glamorous and modern, but possibly a little too soon (six months?), and a little too morbid (the models ended the show by sporting black veils), to pay proper tribute to the singer’s life and style.

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