Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2012 Amy Winehouse Inspired Collection

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Now that’s a fun Haute Couture event! Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Couture was such a beautiful show, so colorful, so meaningful, so modern and anchored in our current reality! I loved it!

It was almost entirely inspired by Amy Winehouse, which we know, was a source of fashion inspiration for many designers and brands (remember her collection for Fred Perry). Jean Paul Gaultier made this amazing couture soup based on Amy Winehouse’s dechiré style, added some corset and lace to spice things up and served it with a pinch of his usual rock’n’roll. As usual, I selected a handful of models I liked the most, but feel free to check out the entire collection here.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 couture collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 couture

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 couture Amy Winehouse inspired collection

Jean Paul Gaultier couture spring 2012 collection


#1 Riana on 01.27.12 at 5:51 am

De mortuis nil nisi bene….I still love Amy and her music and I like JP alot but pleazzzzzzz….

On the other hand I like the collection too. This colourfest feast my eyes. Even the black looks colourful.

#2 Ellington on 01.27.12 at 9:59 am

This is a way nifty tribute to Amy!
I love the colour and the fun of it all. : )

#3 Riana on 01.27.12 at 12:59 pm

I just read that Amy’s father is not happy with this “tribute”. I read what he said and how the family feels about this. Honestly, it was not necessary to read his sadness and anger: I totally got that before I learnt about it….I feel the same way…well, different since I’m not family but just a fan of Amy….:((

Probably I would have been more enthusiast if it was just fashion show without the reference to Amy…..

#4 Dollybird on 01.27.12 at 4:24 pm

Riana – I would blame it on the hair and cigarettes ala Amy.
If no one said anything and all the models had chignons or natural hair it would have been just a fabulous runway show. It really was fabulous!

#5 Ellington on 01.27.12 at 5:19 pm

Yes I agree Dollybird it really was a rather fabu show, right down to the last model being a bride, which I understand is tradition.
I am sorry to hear that Amy’s dad is unhappy about it all but I do think it was an honest tribute to a woman who was a real talent and had a real individual style.

#6 Riana on 01.27.12 at 6:00 pm

Dollybird girl but I totally agree!! That’s exactly what JPG should have done and not mention Amy or use her image….he wouldn’t have use that image if Amy was still alive. Let’s face that in all honesty. I find it distasteful because Amy is only gone for six months…..too short….I felt like that before I knew it did upset her family (but I said that yet).

This show is fabulous and also inspiring; while doing just grocery shoppings this afternoon I stared at colourful clothes in my fave stores in town…certain tones orange look great on me and that green dress is to die for….:)

#7 Dollybird on 01.27.12 at 6:17 pm

Ellington – I really didn’t see the harm in the collection’s tribute to Amy’s style because that was what it was in essence…a tribute to her style and not her lifestyle. The Winehouse family feel betrayed somehow and I share their grief but where do we draw the line between creative inspiration and its limits.
Okay maybe Gaultier should send a cheque to Amy’s Foundation afterall but Mitch Winehouse must surely realise we the public only knew Amy through the media and Mitch’s vision of his fabulous daughter is intimate thus explaining his sensitivity with anyone trespassing the memory of her. He said he felt a shock when he saw the pictures in the papers. I’m persuaded it would have been oh so different if Gaultier had taken the initiative as a gentleman to respectfully tell the Winehouse family about his collection’s tribute. It wouldnt have hurt anyway nor would have a cheque to Amy’s Foundation. Jmo.

#8 Ellington on 01.27.12 at 6:23 pm

Yes JPG should have spoken to the Winehouse foundation first about this collection, and I do think that a percentage of the proceeds should go to Amy’s Foundation. I hope that this does occur.
: )

#9 Dollybird on 01.27.12 at 6:28 pm

Yes Riana it was perhaps too soon for Gaultier to do such a heavy tribute to Amy eventhough it was really a superb collection that mesmerized me. If mouths had learned to stay shut and the hair was different it could have been a tribute to Christian Lacroix and Thierry Mugler. I saw so many references there.

#10 Riana on 01.27.12 at 7:22 pm

Dollybird girl I agree for the second time!

So in the end we all love this show. That’s a nice end of the day or almost early morning here…:)


#11 del jones on 01.28.12 at 10:04 pm

The grief of the Winehouse family is understandable. However, as a cultural and historical icon, Amy belongs to the public and the artists which she inspires. Her legacy should not be policed or censored. I hope that we also will be able to hear all her recordings that have not yet been released. If Amy’s legacy is to continue, it will have to be carried by history and those that are willing to remember her in some form or fashion. I applaud Gaultier’s wonderful idea to enhance his collection and clarify Amy’s role as an artist and fashion icon.

#12 Riana on 01.29.12 at 9:44 am

Well at least Amy found her name back in death; she’s no longer “Wino” and a joke people didn’t believe in anymore. In death she refound the recognition she truly deserve. Artists are human beings in the first place they do not belong to the public at all; only their work does. Creative people are often vulnerable like Amy was. In the state she was at the end of her life JPG nor any other designer would have had offer her a seat front row right because she was such a fabulous and inspirational fashion icon am I right?

Also JPG is not the only or first one who was inspired by Amy; Karl Lagerfeld did it before when she was yet named “Wino” and they were both the laughing stock back then. Just saying!!

That’s why I said “de mortuis nil nisi bene” and I also stated I love the collection….so tongues are wagging and JPG has PR and perhaps some more albums of the late great Amy shall sell….

#13 Dollybird on 01.29.12 at 10:39 am

Well said Riana.
I had forgotten about Lagerfeld (and Fendi too I think) using Amy during her ‘wino’ branded days to sell their clothes a few years ago. How I hated the way the media termed her a wino.

#14 Riana on 01.29.12 at 11:02 am

Thanks Dollybird :)

#15 Ellington on 01.29.12 at 11:23 am

I never ever thought of Amy as “Wino” and to be honest it really made me angry. They seem to vilify females with problems but when men have the same ones they are looked upon as tragic,romantic, antiestablishment heros (Pete Doherty, Elvis , and Keith Moon to name a few) the women with those same type of problems are looked upon as big a mess in the end, (Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin, and Judy Garland to name a few). The men become romanticized and the women become examples of a pathetic mess. And that is sad and annoying.
Thanks for pointing out the previous designers takes on Amy, Riana.

#16 Riana on 01.29.12 at 11:42 am

I always felt for Amy she lost grip on her life and in the end her life itself…I do not romanticize any troubled human being whether they are male or female. I just feel sorry they’d live in so much pain and lost the battle.

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