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EXCLUSIVE: Amy Winehouse Finds Unlikely Style Inspiration in Elizabeth Taylor

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Bryan Adams for Harper’s Bazaar

Controversy seems to follow Amy Winehouse wherever she goes, but her beehive hair, heavy eyeliner and widespread tattoos have also made her into something of a style icon, albeit an unwilling one. “A style, like, what?” the singer turned designer says in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar when asked if she considers herself a fashion icon. “No, of course not!” she tells the magazine. “I just dress like…I’m an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it’s still the ’50s.” But when it comes to her own sources of fashion inspiration, Winehouse, shot by rock star turned photographer Bryan Adams in a dress from her sportswear collection for British brand Fred Perry, has a hard time deciding. “Elizabeth Taylor,” she says, before changing her mind. “Not really. She had purple eyes. That’s weird.” But despite her indecision, Winehouse says she was quite certain when it came to working with British label Fred Perry on a fashion line. “I knew exactly what I wanted,” she said of her vision for the collaboration. “And I love Fred Perry so much. I was honored,” Amy says, before admitting that when the fashion house asked for her hand in the 17-piece clothing and accessories collection, she could hardly believe they picked her. To read Amy’s full interview, visit or pick up the November issue, on newsstands Oct. 26. –Gillian Koenig; Jessie Goldberg

Bryan Adams for Harper’s Bazaar