Imitation might be the highest form of flattery, but that doesn’t mean it’s always appropriate. Earlier this week, designer Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to Amy Winehouse‘s unique style at his Paris haute couture runway show. And while that sounds pretty nice on the surface, reports recently discovered that it was done without the family’s consent and they are not happy about it. In fact, Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, is now accusing the designer of using his daughter’s image for profit.
Mr. Winehouse took to Twitter to talk about the injustice, writing, “We don’t support the Jean Paul Galtier [sic] collection. It’s in bad taste.” He further vented his frustrations to The Sun, saying, “The family was upset to see those pictures. They were a total shock. We’re still grieving for her loss, and we’ve had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy’s death.” Additionally, he stated, “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.”
Even Kelly Osbourne — a close friend of the songstress — wasn’t too pleased about the whole thing either and tweeted, “Although @JPGaultier was paying homage to my friend & icon to the world, I found it to be lucratively selfish and distasteful.” And she’s right. It’s nice that they wanted to pay tribute to a well-known artist, but they need to ask the family’s permission first. Whatever the case, it does come across as very disrespectful and a way to earn more money.
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