Amy Winehouse’s musical catalog has gotten a boost in the wake of her death last month, but that will not be the beehived singer’s only lasting pop culture legacy.
The Fred Perry fashion house announced that it will go forward with the final pair of collections designed by the “Rehab” singer for this fall and for spring 2012. In a statement, Perry explained, “After much consideration and with the blessing of Amy’s family, we have decided to release the AW11 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection. Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration, and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece. Amy’s royalties and fees from both collections will be donated to the soon-to-be-established Amy Winehouse Foundation. Fred Perry will also make a seasonal donation to the Foundation.”
Winehouse died on July 23 in her Camden, England, apartment at the age of 27 of as-yet-undetermined causes. An initial autopsy was inconclusive, but the results of further toxicology tests could be released within the next two weeks.
The singer — whose towering hair, vintage cocktail dresses and Cleopatra-like eye makeup were part of her unique persona — spoke to Harper’s Bazaar in October about branching out into fashion.
“Yeah, yeah, it was not hard at all, not hard at all, because, like …
I knew exactly what I wanted,” she said of helping to design the collection. “And I love Fred Perry so much. I was honored that they would even, like, ‘Do you want to come and do a line?’ Me? Like, me?”
Though her signature look was a big part of her public persona, Winehouse said she didn’t consider herself a style icon and didn’t think her copious tattoos and thick eyeliner had inspired others to follow suit. “I don’t think that’s true. I just dress like … I’m an old black man. Sorry! … Like I’m an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it’s still the ’50s.”
The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, confirmed the news for England’s Telegraph, saying that his daughter had been cooking up the line with Perry since 2010 and that she would have wanted the clothes to hit stores. “When Fred Perry came to us to ask what we would like to do with the new collection, it was natural to continue,” he said. “Amy loved working on both collections and would want them to be made available.”
Examples of the largely black-and-white themed dresses, skirts, shirts, sweaters and cardigans — many in houndstooth check — can be seen on the Fred Perry site.