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Jean Paul Gaultier Loved ‘Natural’ Amy Winehouse

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012Jean Paul Gaultier loves Amy Winehouse's "natural" sense of style.

The fashion designer's Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection is based on the distinctive look of the late singer - who was found dead at her London home last July - and is surprised few others have drawn on the Back to Black star for fashion inspiration since her death.

"I was surprised when she died that no one in fashion made an homage to her. Her look was fabulous, fantastic - it was unique. Usually, actresses and singers need fashion advice. She naturally had the right make-up, the right earrings - it was a truly a style. She didn't just pick up one part of that look. And I love her voice, I love everything about her."

After the Amy-inspired collection was unveiled in January, the singer's father Mitch spoke out against it, branding it an "insult."

"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. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on. We're proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste. It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family," he said at the time.

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