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Sunday 28 December 2014

M.I.A.'s Versace line unveiled

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 26:  Singer M.I.A. performs during the 'Etam Live Lingerie show' 2013 at Bourse du Commerce on February 26, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
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M.I.A. has revealed photos of her new capsule collection with Versace's Versus line.

The musician has collaborated with the label's Versus line to create a capsule collection.

When designing the pieces she and the brand looked at fake Versace items for inspiration, which the 38-year-old star has channelled into the new line.

One of the pieces for females is a T-shirt material maxi dress which features green, black and white square-shaped patterns. Other items include white leggings with yellow coin-looking prints and men's T-shirts with the words M.I.A. Versus Versace printed in the middle of a circle.

T-shirts are priced from £130, dresses from £165, jackets from £375, shirts from £297 and leggings and jeans from £120. There are also accessories such as bags from £220 and shoes from £215.

M.I.A. previously spoke about how the collaboration came about and what their aim was.

"It's always been part of the M.I.A. culture - to talk about bootlegs, and people that sell them or make them," she told WWD. "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."

Creative director of the brand Donatella Versace is over the moon with the line. She thinks M.I.A's ideas are fresh and original.

"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 explained. "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."

This joining of forces comes after Versace previously collaborated with J.W. Anderson and French cagoule label K-Way. They hope to create clothing for all year round by working with different designers.

The items are available now on versusversace.com.

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