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No, no, no! Gaultier hits wrong note with bizarre catwalk tribute to Amy Winehouse

Susannah Frankel in Paris

Published 26/01/2012 | 05:00

A model evokes
Amy
Winehouse's
signature
beehive
A model evokes Amy Winehouse's signature beehive
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Claudine Keane attends the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 25, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Model Karlie Kloss presents a creation by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 fashion show in Paris January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: A model walks the runway during the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
French designer Jean Paul Gaultier blows kisses at the end of his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 fashion show in Paris January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)

IS it appropriate for a French couturier to send out a catwalk homage to Amy Winehouse complete with models wearing exposed bra straps, Fred Perry collars, baseball jackets and shirts tucked into pencil skirts?

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Probably not.

Pictures: Paris Haute Couture 2012

But yesterday in Paris Jean Paul Gaultier chose to do just that. A live barbershop quartet crooned an elliptical rendition of the late singer's most famous recording, 'Rehab', and Mr Gaultier went so far as to attach black veils to towering beehives for his finale.

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This week marked the six-month anniversary of Ms Winehouse's death and her father broke news of a forthcoming memorial concert only days ago. Mr Gaultier's tribute was well intentioned, but gave rise to a palpable sense of unease.

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While no one understands Parisian chic and a decadent undercurrent better, his grasp of a more urban dress sense was less assured.

The uniform of the dominatrix -- rubber trousers, fishnets and underwear as outerwear -- in this instance appeared more Soho sex shop than French couture salon which, given the context, made for uncomfortable if not plain confusing viewing.

There were moments of clarity -- Mr Gaultier's use of colour was sensational in places -- but this was not his most accomplished collection by any stretch of the imagination.

Earlier in the day, the rather less controversial Beirut-born and based designer, Elie Saab, showed his spring/summer haute couture collection which was, conversely, as pretty as the proverbial picture.

Mr Saab has a booming couture business and that was clear as guests arrived: there appeared to be almost as many princesses front row as there were members of the press.

Among them was Claudine Keane, wife of Irish soccer captain Robbie Keane, who took advantage of his temporary loan move from LA Galaxy to Aston Villa to pop over to Paris.

Mr Saab focused on ultra-feminine shapes, fondant colour (peach, pistachio, lemon and rose) and fragile embroideries. He first became known outside his own country when Halle Berry was awarded the Oscar for best actress in 2002 wearing one of his designs. (© Independent News Service)

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