Cue Migos’ “Versace” (the Italian fashion house’s unofficial anthem): The M.I.A. for Versace capsule collection is officially a go.
Donatella Versace told WWD:
“I adore the energy of the street, so when M.I.A. proposed to expose the issue of counterfeit Versace pieces by creating a collaboration inspired by these items, I thought it was an incredible idea. The collection represents all that I love of the new Versus Versace: it’s fast, it’s noisy, it’s brazen and it blends the world of music with that of fashion. I can’t wait to see it worn.”
WWD reports that the English-Sri Lankan singer has created 19 pieces, for both men and women, inspired by counterfeit Versace pieces found in London. The looks will feature different takes on the Versace logo mixed with “graphic prints and street energy.” You can expect to see outwear, dresses, T-shirts, printed jeans, and more.
M.I.A. elaborated on her black market inspiration:
“The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them has always been part of the culture of M.I.A. When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace’s designs have always been copied, now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue.”
Some might be perplexed by the collaboration’s nod to knock-offs, but we say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
M.I.A. x Versus Versace will be available online and in select stores October 16. But in case your pockets aren’t filled with shiny gold medallions, you can also get your M.I.A. fix from the singer’s new album, “Matangi,” dropping November 5.
Update: Vogue UK has debuted two images of the collab, photographed by Jaime Martinez and we now have the official lookbook:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
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