Tuesday, January 31

Hot or Not? Gaultier's Winehouse-Inspired Haute Couture Collection



Last week, Jean Paul Gaultier debuted his spring/summer 2012 haute couture collection inspired by the style of the late Amy Winehouse, who died six months ago. Although loved by critics -- Vogue UK called it "a wonderful and loving tribute," while Style.com hailed it "a celebratory send-off for Winehouse" -- Winehouse's family was upset by the collection. Not only did they think it was in poor taste, but they were upset that it portrayed Amy during a point in her life when she "was not at her best." Moreover, the family was grieved "to see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes."



Although haute couture collections are not as saleable as ready-to-wear lines -- they are extremely costly to produce, and are primarily intended to showcase a designer's creative genius and technical skill -- we do see the Winehouse family's point. But then again, Amy Winehouse was a stylesetter in life, and has continued to be in death; let's not forget her posthumous Fred Perry collection, whose proceeds benefitted the Amy Winehouse Foundation.




S.S.W. Asks: That said, what do you think of Gaultier's latest line?



Jackie

22 comments:

Annabel said...

I loooved the line, but I know the Winehouse family wasn't too pleased. The clothes were great though.

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audrey marie said...

the clothes look amazing. i feel like the winehouse connection won't really impact its sales but its an interesting argument.

Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

I loved the collection I thought it was amazing & that everything was on point but I also understand Amy's family's point of view!

Chanel Tonè said...

You know what? I never really was a fan of Amy Winehouse but I have to say that this collection is haute because of the thought behind it. It's edge, ultra femme and the fact that in a way it's a tribute.

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Claire said...

i dunno, the collection is okay but i don't LOVE it.

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Josie said...

The collection is gorgeous, though not what I'd call "wearable."
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Beauty Follower said...

Cant decide... the whole things brings me unpleasant feelings anyway.

K said...

a great collection, and in honour to such a great star. buuut having said that i dont think you fill find anything like this in my wardrobe any time soon...

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Couture Carrie said...

Not!
I was so disappointed with this collection :(

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The Blonde Duck said...

Not into it!

Tanvi said...

I am with Josie, the collection looks good but not wearable but then they seldom are! :P

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Jenna Hughes said...

i liked some of the pieces, others weren't my taste. so much controversy over this collection!

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Elle Sees said...

Not my thing, but whatevs

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Jean Paul Gautier's fashion is more like an art. xoxo
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The Jones said...

I don't really understand why the Winehouses were upset...I mean, this is iconicly how Amy will be remembered, and it doesn't have to be bitter. Plus, I didn't think the line was distasteful, nor does it seem "marketing" purposed. Felt like a fitting tribute to me.

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Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

I was never a huge fan of Winehouse's style personally, so the collection didn't excite me. That said, a little communication with her family probably would have smoothed over her family's reaction.

Charlottka said...

The projects are good but not enough in the style of Amy ...

Oh my Dior! said...

I totally love it!

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SewPetiteGal said...

Hmm, not my cup of tea but probably bc I've never been a Winehouse fan.

Jo Bao said...

I honestly like the first one up there, 2nd and 3rd are alright :P but I think it's really hard to do on a project on a person that had passed away.

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By Sara Romero said...

I can understand the family feeling upset but in a way it just shows the status of Winehouse and how much of a presence she left. I love the collection and that it is out side of the box.

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