Why this Winter is still all about Amy Winehouse

It is 5 months since we heard the tragic news that Amy Winehouse had died, and yet this December is turning into the months that is all about Amy. The launch of a new album, Lioness, which has skyrocketed straight to Number 1, the auction of the now iconic Disaya dress that was worn on the cover of Back to Black,  and now the launch of the final collection for Fred Perry means the iconic singer is as much a part of the fashion/Music mainstream as she was at her height.

The Disaya dress had been expected to sell for approximately £20,000,but in the event it went for more than double that amount, selling for £43,200 at the Kerry Taylor Auction house. The dress, printed chiffon and  polka dots was sold by Disaya for the Amy Winehouse foundation, and will now disappear to a fashion museum in Chile, a shame such an iconic item couldn’t stay in the UK, but money to a good cause all the same.

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Amy’s new cd, Lioness, jumped to the top of my Christmas list when it was released on Monday. A mixture of early versions of classic Amy songs, along with her duet with Tony Bennett, Body and Soul, this CD has been selling like crazy since the release. My mom went out and got the CD on Monday, showing what a diverse audience Amy appealed to.

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In fashion news, Amy’s S/S 2012 Fred Perry collection has also been released this month. Fred Perry say “…Referencing Amy’s love of 1950s Americana and art deco Miami, the collection features an exclusive print scattered with Cadillacs, jukeboxes and cat eye sunglasses in a palette of pink mist, pale blue and black. This collection just evokes the era of Diner, rock and roll and the period 1955-1962. It screams Amy, and is all the lovelier, and all the sadder for this. My favourite pieces include the Juke Box print bowling bag and printed shirt dress, and the gorgeous long line cardigan.

Long line cardigan £95 

Printed shirt dress £125 

 

Amy Print Bowling Bag £75.00 click to visit Fred Perry

It seems we are unable to part with our Amy obsession just yet, but with the Amy Winehouse foundation, maybe something good will emerge from so tragic a loss. RIP Amy. Gone but never forgotten.x

Fred Perry release Amy Winehouse’s posthumous collection.

Fred Perry released the Autumn/Winter 2011 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry collection on Monday. A statement on their site says that this is with the blessing of Amy’s family, and that royalties and fees from the collection will go to the soon to be established Amy Winehouse foundation.

The collection is really poignant, because it is completely, absolutely Amy. You can almost picture her wearing the collection in  publicity shots, so close is it to her personal style. This has elements of 1960s mods and ska – think Quadrophenia and Rude boys. The collection is black and white, featuring dog-tooth checks on jumpers, shirts and mini skirts. There are also some really cute Amy style dresses, including a black bodycon number and a 1950s ‘she works at a local diner’ style dress.

The collection also has some vintage inspired pieces that also use the houndstooth motif. Patent bowling bags and clutch bags, and elegant 50s inspired gloves are lovely additions to the collection.

I was quite sceptical about the collection being released – it seemed to be a cash-in on the back of a tragedy. But this is a collection which just oozes Amy’s charm and style, it shows her influences at every turn, and is every bit a tribute to her life as her music is.It will also help causes that Amy would approve of, which cannot be a bad thing. Mitch Winehouse has said: “When Fred Perry came to us to ask what we would like to do with the new collection it was natural to continue. Amy loved working on both collections and would want them to be made available. All the money we make and the donation that Fred Perry will give will go straight into to the Amy Winehouse Foundation which we are setting up to help children and young people in her name.”

To see more of the collection, visit the Fred Perry website.

http://www.fredperry.com/women/amy-winehouse/