Amy Winehouse’s celebrity dad Mitch bares his pain to the Sun – Gaultier laughs
IN “INSULT TO MY AMY”, the Sun says Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse is in a state of “fury”. Why? And why not “Our Amy” – is Winehouse not what the tabloids call a “national treasure”?
Well, at Paris fashion week, Jean-Paul Gaultier adopted Wino’s trademark beehive and kohl look, cleaned it up and stuck it on beautiful, lithesome models.
Gordon Smart reports:
The ex-cabbie accused Gaultier of cashing in on Amy’s death with a “bad taste” fashion show. Mitch said the singer’s family was devastated by pictures of catwalk models smoking and wearing the singer’s trademark beehive hairdos and heavy eyeliner.
Wednesday’s show at Paris Fashion Week came just two days after the half-year anniversary of the Back To Black star’s death — and Mitch said it portrayed Amy at her worst.
“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.”
The pictures from an haute-couture fashion show are hardly in the mainstream, are they? Not unless they make it to the font page of the Sun. To lose a child is a cruel and painful blow. But to tell the Sun of your pain about a fashion show smacks of opportunism and ego. Mitch is putting the “me” in Amy.
Mitch Winehouse adds:
“To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on.”
This is Mitch Winehouse, the former taxi driver who thanks to his daughter’s sublime talent scored a chatshow (Mitch Winehouse’s Showbiz Rant), a record deal, featured in the Channel 4 documentary My Daughter Amy, told us his daughter’s new breasts “look great“, became a go-to TV expert on being a celebrity parent and drugs, and offers quotes that occupy the front page of the Sun. Rather than celebrating Amy Winehouse – marvel that the deceased star should inspire the great designer – there is a whiff that we are being invited to celebrate the celebrity father.
Adds Mitch in the Sun:
“No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation.”
So says Mitch Winehouse who recorded a “Sinatra-ish album”. That’s Frank Sinatra. Like Amy Winehouse, Sintra was dead by the time the tribute played. Did Mitch ask permission? Did he make a donation? Were the Sinatra family devastated?
The last word is not with Mitch Winehouse, the man shows daughter made him a celeb, but with Gaultier, who offers:
“She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes — it was great.“
She was great. Gaultier understands that the star entertains. The celebrity merely makes big rasping noise in a public place…