OK Magazine: The Time I Discussed Amy Winehouse with Mitch Winehouse

True story: In 2009, I took a trip to St. Lucia. I was writing a piece about how Amy Winehouse had a major impact (in a good way) on the tiny island's economy. For 72 hours, I was with Amy as she took the stage at St. Lucia Jazz Fest, went swimming in the ocean and hiked up a mountain to see a litter of new born puppies. She was tortured, but beautiful. Sad, but made us all laugh. Dark in some ways, but her presence brought light. This random editoral in OK! Magazine where I was pit against Mitch Winehouse has deeper meaning for me. My quote spoke from experience of hanging with one of the greatest artists of our time... and I still love that runway look from that Jean Paul Gaultier collection. 

Hitha Herzog discussing Amy Winehouse: "Amy WInehouse was a cultural icon when she was a live despite her problems with substance abuse. In Gaultier's defense, fashion designers draw inspiration from everywhere! I think the images of Amy is fair game; there was nothing off color about the presentation. All the models...well...looked just like her. Would it have been nice to consult her family before? Sure. But I see it as more of an homage to her as opposed to disrespect."

Hitha Herzog discussing Amy Winehouse: "Amy WInehouse was a cultural icon when she was a live despite her problems with substance abuse. In Gaultier's defense, fashion designers draw inspiration from everywhere! I think the images of Amy is fair game; there was nothing off color about the presentation. All the models...well...looked just like her. Would it have been nice to consult her family before? Sure. But I see it as more of an homage to her as opposed to disrespect."