Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well: The lyrics to M.I.A.'s 2012 hit could also be her motto for Fashion Week.
Jetting to London and Milan, the fashion risk-taker made some eventful turns in her signature eye-catching ensembles that had us tracking her every move.
Starting out at the Elle Style Awards in London on Tuesday, where she joined Taylor Swift, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevigne, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Smith, the London-bred performer rolled up in a tamer-than-usual army khaki mini tunic, which she paired with black thigh-high socks and silver heeled loafers.
Adding a hint of a hot pink lip, M.I.A. looked effortlessly chill — nothing like the outspoken performer who President Bush once restricted from traveling to the US. But somehow M.I.A. makes even this casual look defiant and down-right prescient — I have a feeling knee-socks may become a "site of resistance" come fall.
A few days later, the die-hard Jeremy Scott fan showed up to the designer's Moschino show in Milan, draped in the brand's logo-emblazoned silk kaftan.
The singer threw it dramatically over her face, and saddled up to larger-than-life fashion impresario Anna dello Russo to take in the "Space Jam"-themed Fall 2015 collection.
With heavy-handed references to the '90s — throwback Looney Tunes sports jerseys worn as dresses, the gold chains and gilded lamé textures, the torn baggy jeans, quilted leather backpacks in shocking, prismatic colors and matching puffers — the collection looked like it belonged in M.I.A.'s wardrobe.
The singer's style, after all, is a hodgepodge of references: from '80s and '90s hip hop, clashing prints and colors, to an amalgam of Middle Eastern references, which are all visibly reflected here. I actually developed a shopping list for M.I.A., comprised of all the styles below.
Can't you just see her drag racing in the desert in that gray hooded number? The gold chains hitting her chest as she bangs on the dashboard? Or jamming on stage with the cropped Looney Tunes moto jacket falling off her shoulders? If she can't wait for fall to wear this stuff, the singer — and all Jeremy Scott aficionados — can shop a capsule collection of the wares as of today. Ah, technology.
After the show, M.I.A. caught up with Jeremy Scott and his crew at a dinner in the designer's honor, where Gigi Hadid — who closed the show — helped fete the garishly poppy collection. M.I.A. found herself dramatically flexing for the 'Gram.
The rare, but no less stylish, appearance of M.I.A. has us missing her "Galang" days and waiting to see where the star pops up next. Hopefully somewhere soon, donning anything with Bugs Bunny on it.
Marjon Carlos is a style and culture writer for Fusion who boasts a strong turtleneck game and opinions on the subjects of fashion, gender, race, pop culture, and men's footwear.