Back in June, WWD broke the news that everyone’s favorite Sri Lankan rapper would debut her own, limited-edition clothing line before the end of the summer:
"With my stuff, because everything’s really bright, if you lose it or
someone steals it, you can see it from miles away and you can be like,
â€˜Oy! Give me my shirt back!’"
Reckoning day has arrived; today the clothes became available for purchase at M.I.A.’s “Okley Run” online shop. The prices are clearly more than a little absurd (the President Tee is adorbs, but $75 is a little, okay, a lot WTF for what is essentially a glorified band shirt) and the patterns aren’t nearly as cheesy-crazy-cool as the threads she rocks herself. I think they were watered down a bit too much to appeal to the Agyness Deyn crowd — but I’m willing to give Maya a pass on her debut. Mostly because I just heart her. Critically speaking? At least it’s better than Avril Lavigne’s collection. (Most things are, though — and I say this as a devoted fan of Mrs. Deryck Whibley’s pop croonings. She was meant to belt, not design.)
M.I.A., however, I could see giving this another real shot. Maybe Marc Jacobs will offer her a few tips? This time next year, she could be a guest-judging on Project Runway, and might actually show up to do her sartorial duty — unlike some people. Hmph.