Amy Winehouse's father has explained his fury over Jean Paul Gaultier's decision to take the star's iconic image as inspiration for his latest catwalk show, accusing the couturier of using the tragic singer to boost his profits.
The flamboyant French designer paid tribute to the late Back to Black hitmaker during his show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (25Jan12) by sending his models down the runway sporting Amy Winehouse's iconic beehive hairstyle and heavy eyeliner. Several girls were also smoking cigarettes as they strutted down the catwalk.
Mitch Winehouse took to Twitter on Thursday (26Jan12) to dismiss the stunt as "bad taste", and insisted that he did not support Jean Paul Gaultier's show.
He has taken aim at the designer again, describing how his mourning family was left in "shock" after seeing the late singer's image used "wholesale" for profit so close to the six-month anniversary of her death.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "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 glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family.
"No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation. This is purely about Gaultier making money, and that's wrong."
Amy Winehouse died last July (11) at the age of 27 after drinking too much alcohol.