Jean Paul was never one to follow typical conventions and certainly not so when it came to muses and inspirations so to swish things up a little he drew from the late Amy Winehouse as the single point of reference for the Spring Summer Haute Couture collection.
Gaultier always had a thing for the troubled rock star but never was it as obvious as when the models walked first hit the runway. Each one was wearing a bouffant wig that was done up much like the rockers hair often was. Their lips pink, their eyes done dark and with the flicked out wing tip, but no Amy look is complete without the iconic beauty mark that could only be pulled off by such beauties as Winehouse or Monroe.
The stage was set by having a cappella quartet belt out some Winehouse classics and a shiny violet floor that matched the thirties style curtains hanging against the back wall. Of course it couldn’t have been an Amy Winehouse tribute without some of the emphasized hips that Mrs. Winehouse was known for and as such some of the hips on skirts, coats, and dresses were structured in a way that made them bubble out and add curves where there may not have been any.
At times the looks did come across as trashy, but then the detail of the fabric would be seen or a complimenting silk would b used on the flap of a pocket and all was right in the world again. But as far as an Ode to Amy Winehouse goes, this couldn’t have been done any other way nor could it be a greater honor. Both for the Winehouse family and the collection itself.
As Gaultier ran out at the end of the show and waved vigorously to the crowd, he also looked glad that the collection went well and received the praise that it did. It was actually quite touching to see the finale of looks walk out all draped in ornate veils, something Amy would have been undoubtedly all over.