Good news, Fashion Fans: New music won’t be the only thing released following the death of jazz powerhouse Amy Winehouse. Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports that the remaining two Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collections will be released as planned, despite the singer’s sudden (and still unexplained) death in her London home last month.
Last week, a spokesperson for Fred Perry told Fashionista.com that the collection was “on hold until we speak with Amy’s family and management.” The Fashionverse is now ecstatic to hear that the Fall 2011 and Summer 2012 collections, designed by Winehouse months ago, will certainly go on sale as planned. Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, says “it was natural” for the clothing line to continue. “Amy loved working on both collections and would want them to be made available.”
The “Valerie” hitmaker collaborated with the British high street chain in the years before her death. Amy’s first, retro-inspired collection was released in Autumn-Winter 2010. A Spring 2011 line soon followed. At the time of Amy’s first collection, the brand described the threads as “classic Fred Perry pieces given a fresh twist with Amy’s attitude and style.” Popular pieces included high-waisted pencil skirts, checkered jumpsuits, and black trench and preppy jumper designs.
“Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration, and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece,” Perry told WWD Monday.
Upon news of her death, the brand released a statement, saying: “We had a great working and personal relationship with Amy during the design and development of the collaboration. Amy’s unique sense of style and attitude pervaded the entire collection. She was a pleasure to work with and will be deeply missed by the entire Fred Perry team.”
Royalties and fees from the sale of the line will be donated to the newly-established Amy Winehouse Foundation.