M.I.A. has teamed up with Versace, designing a capsule collection for Donatella’s second , lower-priced line, Versus.
The rapper recently unveiled a selection of gif imagery showing off various items from her line, including pants, hoodies, and accessories with Sanskrit lettering, gold medallions, and glowing lotus flowers, all inspired by bootleggers.
“The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them has always been part of the culture of M.I.A.,” Maya told WWD. “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 Versace loved the concept. “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,” she said. “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 capsule is set to debut October 16.