Photography: Courtesy Astrid Andersen
Like every other savvy rockstar, M.I.A is getting in on the merch game in advance of her upcoming AIM tour. But thanks to a collaboration with Danish designer Astrid Andersen, hers maintains a sense of legitimacy in the fashion world that few others (Kanye excluded, of course) have managed to come by. Perhaps this is partially because it’s not the British rapper’s first foray into fashion design — she worked on a capsule with Versace’s Versus label in 2013 — but there’s also credit due to the fact that Andersen and M.I.A seem to pretty much be each other’s biggest fans.
“I’ve been a fan of M.I.A. for a long time,” Andersen confessed to Vogue. “She was the benchmark for cool women who would wear my new [Fall 2017] collection—so when she called me, I was mega-excited.”
M.I.A, whose given name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, expressed a similar sentiment: “I chose to work with Astrid because she is an independent who combines function, sport, simplicity, and futurism. It all very much suits my personal style because it’s utilitarian—you can wear it to a club because everything is light.”
The collection, which retails for between $70 and $160 and can be purchased both online and in Andersen’s flagship Copenhagen store, features black, white, beige, and orange anoraks, track pants, and t-shirts reworked from Andersen’s recent basketball-inspired collection in M.I.A’s signature bad girl style. It’s a true meeting of the minds that’s sure to be popular with the cool girls (and guys) at M.I.A’s upcoming international shows, which will take place in cities including London, Madrid, New York, and Chicago.
Oh, and if you’re in the mood to feel especially ancient, hear this: M.I.A’s seminal album Kala turned ten years old yesterday! Props to our girl for still keeping it fresh a decade later.