I'm sure there are mixed feelings about whether this should actually be going on sale so soon after Amy Winehouse's tragic death, but according to the company, 'with the blessing of Amy's family', the Fred Perry x Amy Winehouse autumn/winter 2011 collection has now gone on sale.
With the latest collection being launched so soon, we can presume it was already completed and ready to hit the shelves. With 'the usual royalties' from the collection being donated to the soon to be established Any Winehouse Foundation, I guess it does make sense to release it onto the market, rather than just sit in a storeroom, even if it does seem just a little soon for it.
Anyway, check out the images above and the full collection over at Fred Perry. For the record, the '50s-inspired items above are (on the left) the Amy Bowling Shirt, which sells for £70, the knitted silk skirt (£80) and the Amy Leather Waist Belt (£60). The images on the right features the Houndstooth Tie Neck Dress, one of the more expensive pieces at £150.
The first range was launched last October and was generally well received. A good enough response for a second Fred Perry x Amy Winehouse collection, this time the spring/summer 2011 range.
According to Fred Perry, much of the range is apparently 'a tiki re-working' of Fred Perry classics, including the Harrington and the twin-tipped polo shirt. But with the collection now double its original size (32 pieces), there is also now room for bags, shoes and accessories plus a few new clothing designs.
See over the page for lots more images from the range, including a gingham bowling shirt, a Hawaiian print halter neck dress and shirt and scarlet red hot pants alongside accessories including the Amy barrel bag, wide waist straw belts, a printed silk scarf plus suede and leather moccasins in a variety of colours. On the shelves and on the website from Monday 7th March if you want to buy.
It's been flagged for months, with Fred Perry unwilling to even send us promotional shots in advance. But that doesn't matter now, as the Amy Winehouse Collection for Fred Perry is now online and available to buy.
It's all very 'retro', much of it with a late 50s, early 60s vibe, with a few OTT pieces throwing in some sensationalism. We've picked out a couple of pieces – to the left a Cropped Harrington Jacket with Prince of Wales Check body, black cotton sleeves, ribbed cuff and waistband and two front pockets, retailing for £195.
To the right, you'll see a Twin Tipped Shirt with deep five button placket, small stand up collar, twin tipping on collar, fixed turn-back cuffs and an embroidered Laurel Wreath. That goes for £55. You'll probably catch site if the Pencl Skirt and Capri Pants, selling for £80 and £95 respectively. Want to see more? Check it all out online right now.
Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry collection online