Jean Paul Gaultier defends Amy Winehouse collection
Designer Jean Paul Gaultier regrets upsetting Amy Winehouse's family by debuting a collection he created in the late star's honour.
The flamboyant French fashion king claims he was attempting to pay tribute to the Back to Black hitmaker during his show at Paris Fashion Week in January by sending his models down the runway sporting Winehouse's iconic beehive hairstyle and heavy eyeliner.
But the catwalk show angered and upset Winehouse's relatives and friends, with her father Mitch insisting the stunt was in "bad taste" - because it was so close to the singer's death in July last year.
Now Gaultier has opened up about the controversial tribute, insisting he never intended to upset anyone.
He tells Grazia magazine, "She was an icon of fashion, and, truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes - it was great... Her look was incredible, with her sailor tattoos and clothes - she was so Gaultier! At her show, I was too shy to go and see her backstage. Amy Winehouse is my biggest inspiration, she's beautiful.
"Since her death the media has focused too much on her problems. My show was intended as a celebration of her... The world has lost someone amazing who will never come again."