Robin Givhan: Amy Winehouse ‘Blended Vintage Style With the Fashion Industry’s Love for Destruction’

Amy Winehouse. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/2009 Getty Images

As usual, Givhan nails it: "What made Winehouse intoxicating was that she blended vintage style with the fashion industry’s love for destruction, for fetishizing imperfections, and for elevating broken-down beauty," she writes. "Modern style dictates the need for imperfection. Take a luxury garment and wreck it in some way. Pair a fancy evening gown with bed head. Being too polished, too perfect, reads as fake." This leaves some gray areas, however: "The fashion industry has done well in helping folks see beauty in imperfections. But you can’t help wondering whether fashion also has made it more difficult for the public to distinguish between broken-down dolls and broken-down people." [Daily Beast] Related: Looking Back at Amy Winehouse’s Inimitable Style