Singer M.I.A. let some new details slip about her upcoming collaboration with Versace (which she revealed was happening last year)--namely that it's being released really, really soon.
“I have a collaboration with Versace coming out in two weeks,” she told WWD before the Balenciaga show today. According to the trade, it is "understood" that it's for Versace's lower priced line Versus. The line, which used to be designed by Christopher Kane, got a relaunch last year; now, Versus will tap a new designer each season to create a capsule collection. J.W. Anderson designed the first one, K-Way then did a small collection, and Anthony Vaccarello was rumored to be designing the next--though now it sounds like he'll have to sit this season out for a certain Bad Girl.
The timing would be about right for the next Versus collection--Anderson's was unveiled a couple of months after fashion month. It's a bit surprising, though, that Versus would go with someone who isn't actually a designer (though M.I.A. did launch a very colorful clothing line in 2008). Then again, Versus' brand overhaul was initially described as collaborations with “various creative innovators and designers.” Plus, Donatella Versace herself said that she “always connects Versus to rock music,” and we could easily see M.I.A. headlining a big bash for the launch. Whatever the case, we doubt the launch party or the clothes will be very quiet--M.I.A. is nothing without her body-con zany prints.
We've reached out to Versace and will report back once we know more.