If you can’t beat ’em, join. It may sound like a familiar phrase but who would have ever thought Donatella Versace would actually take a liking to the knock offs that have plagued her brand and countless other high fashion powerhouses. Yesterday, Donatella confirmed today that Versus (her lower end line0 is indeed working on a capsule collection with Grammy Award–winning rapper M.I.A., and the pieces are said be “knock off” inspired.

The label tells WWD the line will include “graphic prints with street energy” and a motif of “gold medallions [that] are reminiscent of the frenzy typical of the (market) stands.” We can’t remember the last time we saw gold medallions at a street market, but never mind. M.I.A.’s quote about the line is even more cryptic, particularly as she refers to herself in the third person:

The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them has always been part of the culture of M.I.A. … When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace’s designs have always been copied, now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue. (via NYMag)

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