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April 20 2014

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18 posts tagged "M.I.A."

M.I.A. x Versus? No One on the Corner Would Have Swagger Like This

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MIAWhile the Anthony Vaccarello for Versus rumors were just starting to sink in, the latest buzz about town is that M.I.A. is the next collaborator in line for Versace’s diffusion line, Versus. “I have a collaboration with Versace coming out in two weeks,” the English-Sri Lankan recording artist told WWD. Although the announcement feels a bit late, the timing might work in her favor—with her new album, Matangi, slated to drop on Nov. 5.

Though strictly musical, M.I.A.’s past collaborations have involved notable names such as Madonna (remember that Super Bowl half-time show?) and American deejay Diplo (who you can thank for the beat behind Beyoncé’s “Run the World”), so we’re not surprised that the singer would work with the Italian powerhouse. Nor does this seem an unlikely match for Donatella, who tapped rapper Angel Haze and singer Grimes to perform at her Versus relaunch earlier this year. Just a bona fide hustler making her name, M.I.A. seems fit to bring her street spirit to the Versus line—should the rumors be true, of course.

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M Missoni Boogies On Down

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M Missoni Spring '14

M Missoni marches to its own beat (literally—Missoni’s fun younger label has been hosting music events and curating cool soundtracks for several seasons), and Spring ’14′s rhythm might be described as tribal meets psych-pop. The Italian house’s signature space dye knits vibrated in neon hues, and subtle African influences were seen throughout the collection on drop-crotch paper-bag trousers, wrap skirts worn over matching leggings, and sheath dresses featuring artisanal raffia details. Meanwhile, a wavy gorilla print appeared on a cutout-shoulder top. As usual, there was a sporty undercurrent, and standouts here included a one-shoulder minidress cut from an electric-lime-colored mesh, as well as bracelets and slide sandals with bungee-rope details. All in all, the lineup made you want to put on an M.I.A. song and dance.

Photos: Courtesy of M Missoni

Angels Among Us, A Field Guide To France’s New First Lady, And More…

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It’s a boy! Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio gave birth to her second child, a son, in Brazil yesterday. The happy news was announced as all such news important is announced in 2012: via Ambrosio’s mother-in-law’s Facebook page. [Vogue U.K.]

Today marks François Hollande’s first day as the President-elect of France, with Valérie Trierweiler (pictured) as First Lady. Vogue Italia has compiled a primer on her style for those wondering what to expect. [Vogue Italia]

The dust is settling for Linda Evangelista and François-Henri Pinault. The pair agreed on child support terms for their 6-year-old son yesterday, and will return to court today to approve the details. As it turns out, it takes more than a tense day in court to keep Linda from the Met. [WWD]

Speaking of the Met, it wasn’t the only game in town last night. While the fashion set descended on the museum for the Costume Institute Gala (the “East Coast Oscars”), the James Beard Foundation Awards (the “Oscars of the food world”) were taking place across town. Big winners included Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi and Daniel Humm, who won the outstanding chef award for his work at New York’s Eleven Madison Park. [Huff Po]

Pop star M.I.A. has been rather M.I.A. ever since her 2010 album and mix tape, but the singer—who hit the Met last night on the arm of Stella McCartney—revealed her latest project to Spin.com: designing beer bottles. In the off hours, she’s working on a new album, too. [Spin]

 

 

 

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Fausto Puglisi’s Cheerleading Squad Expands

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When Style.com’s editors walked into Milanese designer Fausto Puglisi’s showroom this morning, they arrived to a room full of buyers, editors, and stylists (very different compared to our visit last season, when it was just us). Let’s call it the Super Bowl effect. Puglisi, if you recall, is the man behind M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj’s Super Bowl halftime wardrobes, and based on today’s turnout, it looks like he scored some big points with the fashion set in the process. Luckily for him, his turn as designer to the pop divas was also the starting point for his new collection, which he describes as “Helmut Newton, New Pagan emperor” with “neoclassical influences.”

“The development of this collection was born with B. Akerlund while working on Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A’s Super Bowl show,” the designer tells Style.com. That would explain the fetish leather pieces, embellished with crystal starbursts, gold thread, and metals—it was a look quite similar to the Super Bowl outfits. “I pushed to play not only with black plonge leather; there is a gladiator Hellenic American College print and peroxide blond leopard print. It’s unusual to see these prints on leather.” He did more of his now signature Grecian-Roman cheerleader dresses (and did them well), but there’s also structured menswear-inspired jackets, “rock star” biker pants, cashmere twinsets, and eveningwear in the mix. Overall, it was another strong outing for the designer. As for what’s on the horizon, he tells us, “the goal, for sure, is a first shop in the U.S.”

Photos: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi

Touchdown For Puglisi

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Remember those colorful wool crepe minidresses Anna Dello Russo was spotted wearing at the Couture shows this past summer and then again during New York fashion week in September? As it turns out, ADR isn’t the only one who took a liking to Milanese designer Fausto Puglisi‘s Grecian cheerleader dresses—Madonna enlisted the designer to create Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.’s wardrobes for their Super Bowl halftime show yesterday.

“This was the most incredible and extreme experience ever,” the designer tells Style.com of the dresses, which were embellished with crystals, spikes, and embroidery. “It’s Madonna—to work with her is an honor.” Puglisi began working on the dresses last November when he got the call from B. Akerlund, who oversaw the show’s costume design. “The Roman Empire history and the emperor power is part of my DNA—I’m obsessed with Caligula and Caesar and Roman tradition and I always loved to mix this with American sportswear touches,” says Puglisi. Check out the designer’s sketches of the costumes, which he shared exclusively with Style.com.

Sketches: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi