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Jean Paul Gaultier regrets upsetting Amy Winehouse's family with tribute runway show

Iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has spoken of his regret at debuting a fashion line in honour of the late Amy Winehouse after her father Mitch described it as being "in bad taste".

Gaultier sent models down the runway during Paris Fashion Week in January sporting the 'Back To Black' singer's trademark beehive hairstyle and winged eyeliner in what he explained was a tribute to Winehouse, but Mitch and her family were troubled by the show as it was so soon after her death.

Speaking to Grazia magazine, the designer admitted that he regrets upsetting her loved ones and only wanted to celebrate her unmistakable style:

"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."




Watch part of Gaultier's controversial Winehouse-inspired runway show below: