There may have been plenty of people applauding Jean Paul Gaultier for his couture tribute to Amy Winehouse this week, but there was one person in particular who didn’t like it at all — Mitch Winehouse.
“We don’t support the Jean Paul Galtier collection. It’s in bad taste. Mitch”
Excuse the understatement here, but clearly this isn’t the easiest inspiration to parlay into a fashion show in a way that felt meaningful, respectful, and still managed to retain some of the confrontational and, frankly, gallows humor that Winehouse applied to her own life and fame. Gaultier got away with it for a few reasons, namely because the designer has always referenced iconoclastic pop cultural figures in his work with affection, and this show was no exception—plus, he had the genius idea to have the sound track (provided by an a cappella quartet) stripped of any Winehouse vocal until the very end, for a brief moment. That served as a fitting tribute, a reminder of an absence much greater than that of her voice at a fashion show.-Mark Holgate at VOGUE.com