Winehouse’s family is a bit miffed that the over-the-top designer, perhaps best known as the man behind Madonna’s famous cone bra bustier (which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum), approximated Winehouse’s signature style looks with a collection heavy on brightly-colored ’60s style looks and beehive-sporting models wearing heavy black eyeliner. Gaultier admitted Winehouse directly inspired his collection, telling reporters, “Amy Winehouse was a true style icon. What she stands for above all, is uniqueness. Both in music and the way she dressed, she mixed a great many influences to create her style.”
Well, Mitch Winehouse isn’t feeling the love today and in a statement said the singer’s family was upset when they saw images from the show, particularly because the look and presentation reflected the more troubled aspects of the “Back To Black” stars life and because Gaultier hadn’t offered to make a donation to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, adding that the show was “purely about Gaultier making money.”
Read Mitch Winehouse’s strongly worded statement in full, after the jump.
“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. 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. 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.”