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In the wake of Amy Winehouse's death earlier this month, questions were raised about the future of her planned fall 2011 collaboration with British sportswear label Fred Perry. Today the collection finally went on sale on Fred Perry's website, with a range of 21 items available, including classic polo shirts, houndstooth skirts and dresses and an "Amy leather waist belt."
Winehouse's distinctive style is evident throughout the collection, particularly in the micro-mini hemlines on skirts and longline sweaters and slinky figure-hugging in the collection's dresses. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar late last year, the singer told Polly Vernon that she dresses like "an old Jewish black man" and that she had worked on planned Fred Perry collections up as far as Autumn/Winter 2012.
Fred Perry have said that all relevant proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to the posthumously-established charity in Winehouse's name:
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. In such circumstances, the usual royalties and fees from the collection will be donated to the soon to be established Amy Winehouse Foundation. The Amy Winehouse Foundation is to be based at her home in Camden, North London and will aim to help those struggling with addiction and substance abuse. Prices for the collection begin at £60 for shirts and continue up to £195 for a bodycon dress. —Ana Kinsella
— Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry [Official Site]
— Amy Winehouse Unplugged [Harper's Bazaar]