M.I.A. is busy putting the final touches on her long-awaited fourth album Matangi, but the 38-year-old has somehow found time to collaborate with Donatella for a special Versus Versace collection. The Grammy-winning singer first let slip about the collection at Balenciaga’s SS14 show, but now the full range has finally been unveiled.
M.I.A., who studied at the acclaimed Saint Martins School of Art and Design, said the collection was inspired by the bootleg Versace ripoffs she used to see as a child growing up in East London.
“It’s always been part of the M.I.A. culture – to talk about bootlegs, and people that sell them or make them,” said the Sri Lankan rapper. “When I was approached by Versace, it seemed like a good idea to take that and reverse the cycle. Versace designs have always been bootlegged, now it’s Versace bootlegging the bootleg for the bootleggers to bootleg the bootleg. This is to keep that cycle going.”
This unique concept comes to life in a brilliant unisex line with a distinctly ’90s sportswear aesthetic and loud, eye-catching prints reminiscent of her own glitchy artwork from over the years.
The full 19-piece collection is due out on October 16 online and in select Versace stores.