Jean Paul Gaultier couture SS12 1.jpgUh-oh I am sure this is not quite the reaction Jean Paul Gaultier was hoping for when he based his recent Haute Couture SS12 collection around his inspiration, Amy Winehouse.

Winehouse's father, Mitch, has slammed the designer and said the collection was "in bad taste". The 60-year-old told newspapers that the family was upset after seeing the pictures and that they were in 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," he said. "To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on."

During the runway show in Paris, models were dolled up in Winehouse-esque beehives, heavy winged eyeliner and smoking cigarettes. They also walked the catwalk against an acoustic medley of her hit songs and donned black veils during the finale.

"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," he added. "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."

Gaultier did admit that he had never actually met the late singer, but said their "styles had always been similar".

What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you think Gaultier should have been allowed to use Winehouse's image as a reference for his collection or was it in poor taste?

[via Telegraph]