In the continuing tales of how to deal with “designer-inspired” collections–anyone else still LOLing about how Saint Laurent dropped Colette for selling those “Aint Laurent, Without Yves” tees–Donatella Versace has now tapped M.I.A. to design a capsule collection for her Versace Versus label, inspired by Versace knock-offs. Interesting proposition, no? Confront counterfeiters with counterfeits of your own.
Past Versus designers have included notable up-and-coming designers like J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane–Kane being a prior long-term collaborator of the label and Anderson being the first in a new label structure wherein various creatives are invited to create season-less capsule collections. Those names put the Grammy-winning Sri Lankan singer in good company.
M.I.A. created 19 pieces including both menswear and womenswear for the venture, due online and in select stores on October 16. Garments from the collaboration, which M.I.A accidentally revealed to the press in passing during Paris Fashion Week, include t-shirts, jackets, and outerwear with bold prints, a healthy usage of gold medallions, and tons of repetition.
The collaboration comes at an opportune press time for the pair as the Lifetime’s “House of Versace,” which Donatella and co. had no involvement in, she’d like you to know, just premiered, and M.I.A’s newest album, “Matangi,” drops on November 5.
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