Entertaining 600 guests at the inauguration of Fendi’s new Avenue Montaigne boutique, the troubled Grammy-winning singer took the stage at 11 p.m. in a beehive hairdo and black-strap Fendi dress hitched up with a brash metal belt.
Just hours after officially getting off the hook in a perversion-of-justice case in England, Winehouse served up an audacious 40-minute performance. With horns and backup moving her along, she demonstrated a strong return to form, working through a set including “Rehab,” “Valerie” and “You Know I’m No Good.”
The evening, which included a dramatically lit fashion tableaux of live models, atrium cocktails and a separate concert room, was orchestrated by Fendi’s design-meister Karl Lagerfeld, who selected Winehouse.
Between numbers Winehouse told the crowd, she was “really glad to be booked by Fendi because I was getting bored.”
“I’m available for bookings,” she joked. “If anyone wants me for a wedding or a bar mitzvah. … Well maybe not a wedding. My music’s a little too heartbreak. For a wedding, you need something meeker.”