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Amy Winehouse’s dad: Gaultier fashion tribute ‘in bad taste’

Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 (Jacques Brinon/AP)

Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 (Gonzal Ofuentes/REUTERS)

The Winehouse-inspired looks were part of Gaultier’s collection for Haute Couture Fashion Week, presented in Paris. Some of the looks he cribbed from Winehouse included visible bra straps, peek-a-boo lingerie, street wear and pin-up girl retro stylings. Models wore Winehouse’s signature beehive and winged eyeliner, and some marched down the runway with cigarettes and lip piercings.

Critics’ opinions of the show were mixed, according to the BBC. ”This was not his most accomplished collection by any stretch of the imagination,” wrote Susannah Frankel of the Independent. New York Times fashion critic Suzy Menkes, however, called it “exceptional.”

Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 (Jacques Brinon/AP)

“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,” Winehouse said to the AP. “It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That’s upsetting for her family.”

See more from Paris Couture fashion week:

View Photo Gallery: Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel were among the fashion houses to present collections during the spring 2012 haute couture shows in Paris.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.
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