Clashing prints and rocking head pieces before it was cool, M.I.A. has style for days.
BY MOIRA NOREE
Mono and dual-color 2 pieces have made a huge impact on fashion this year. Along with the use of lamé fabrics, dressing down with sneakers, and oversized gold jewelry. But let’s take it one step further and accessorize with an Indian royal hand fan. And there you have it, M.I.A at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival.
With M.I.A.’s recent trip to India to gain inspiration to write and record her 4th studio album, we can tell that South Asian culture has not only inspired her music, but her future fashion moments as well. Holding an Indian hand fan, historically used to cool off royalty in the Mughal era, you can see why we refer to her as Queen of the underground. I’m never surprised to see that M.I.A. has put herself together in an effortless and ingenious way, and based on her collaborations with Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, and now Kenzo, neither are the fashion industry’s leading designers.
Maya has a history of using color in a way that separates herself from other risk-taking fashion idols. She combines sensory overloading fashion ensembles with politically influenced music from her British-Sri Lankan roots to create the ultimate creative expression. No wonder she exudes so much power. I started listening to M.I.A. back in 2008–stimulated by her music and her style–and I never looked back. Not only does she hit the stage looking fresh to death but her back up singers and dancers do as well, assembled in bold red and green 2 pieces with cool arm spinning, feet stomping moves and vocals to match.
When I look at Maya, I see an important message: Let go, live free and don’t give a fuck. Look for inspiration everywhere, take it in and let it out. Push your style forward, and never stop pushing.
Now, while we all want to be M.I.A. when we grow up, It’s not necessarily in the cards. I can’t promise a lucrative career as a recording artist but I can help enhance your look and get you dressing like her.
Get M.I.A.’s Pitchfork look >>>
1. Superga X The Row Faille Low Top Sneaker $250.00
2. Faith Connexion Cotton Lamé T-Shirt $200.00
3. ASOS Fringe Shorts $37.33
4. Chilli Beans Round Wood Sunglasses $58.00
5. Robyn Rhodes Rose Gold and Jade Nima Ring $138.00
6. Indian Hand Fan $125.00
VINTAGE M.I.A. >>>
2. Oversized Blue Suede Fringed Jacket $45.00
3. Vintage Chanel Oversized Bangle $1750.00
Ballin’ on a budget? Thrift M.I.A.’s style >>>
Grab oranges, reds, greens, fuchsias, dollar bill prints, parrot prints, oversized suede jackets, ruffed up sneakers, metallics,and some gold chains to hit your chest when you’re banging on the radio.
Combine your look with a bold lip color and some funky nail art and you’re set.
Bold lip colors >>>
Other M.I.A.-esque items >>>
1. Kenzo Cotton Blend Tiger Print Jacket $935.00
2. Marc Jacobs Round Sunglasses $310.00
1. I Am Vibes LTD Gold Head-chain $38.20
2. Moira Noree Vintage Evil Eye Necklace $200.00