Grammy award-winning rapper M.I.A. has designed a collection for Versus, Versace's lower-priced line. The news was originally reported when the rapper told a WWD reporter at the Balenciaga show in Paris, though the fashion house chose not to make an official announcement, until now.
Unsurprisingly, the collection is based on M.I.A's signature look of brightly patterned trousers, hoodies and loud sunglasses. Versace says the line will include "graphic prints with street energy" and a motif of "gold medallions [that] are reminiscent of the frenzy typical of the (market) stands."
Referring to herself in the third person, the musician said of her line, "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."
Donatella herself explained, "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."
M.I.A's Versus line hits on October 16 - just in time for her album release on November 5, 2013.