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LONDON — Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late singer Amy Winehouse, hit out against Jean Paul Gaultier, saying the couture show the designer paraded in Paris on Wednesday was offensive.
On his Twitter account, Winehouse wrote: “We don’t support the Jean Paul Gaultier collection. It’s in bad taste. Mitch.”
Gaultier had characterized his show as a tribute and homage to the music star’s unique and influential style, telling WWD: “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon.” He added that he felt compelled to celebrate her look because fashion magazines have failed to do so.
Winehouse also told the Sun newspaper that Gaultier’s show — featuring models in beehive wigs and a live, a cappella rendition of “Rehab” — came as a shock to the family.
“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,” he continued.
Winehouse was found dead at her London flat on July 23 after overdosing on alcohol.