Nicki Minaj Hints At Fendi Collaboration, It Does Not Makes Sense Because She’s NOT A Fashion Icon

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UNITED STATES — Is there a Nicki Minaj x Fendi collaboration in the works? The Queens, New York rapper hinted that she has something in the works with the high-end Italian label, but DM Fashion Book could not confirm if it is true at press time.

The “Megatron” rapper posted on Instagram, “All I’ll say is dreams really do come true, #FendiPrintsOn #ThatIsAFendiFakk coming soon tease“.

Even though we’re not able to confirm if a collaboration is in the works, we are going to assume that Fendi could be eyeing a capsule collaboration with the artist, although the Rome-based company declined to comment on the speculation. Silvia Venturini Fendi showed appreciation for the post, with several heart and fire emojis.

This past May 2019, we reported that Fendi is playing with its FF logo for another Millennial-friendly capsule collection, this time called Roma Amor — a palindrome hinging on the brand’s place of birth and the word “love” in Italian (see it here).

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think a Minaj and Fendi collaboration makes any sense because she is not a fashion icon. A fashion icon “is someone who has affected the way other people (men/women) dress.” Minaj definitely did not affect the way other people dress. Her entire style is based off Lil Kim‘s archives.

Even though Minaj was tapped by Roberto Cavalli to be the face of its spring/summer 2015 ad campaign (see it here), I still don’t think she earned her credits or reached mainstream success in the fashion industry to design a collection for a luxury label and I also don’t think she is strong enough to sell-out a Fendi capsule collection. Having a large social media following does not translate into selling luxury fashion.

Minaj‘s music talents are there, but when people are really successful the way Minaj has been in music, they’re hoping and expecting their notoriety and fame will just translate across a lot of products. The fashion industry requires a lot of dedication and work. Some people will buy Minaj’s products once just because of her notoriety, but if the products doesn’t deliver, they won’t buy them again. You can’t base a fashion business on just fans. People base fashion on quality, does the clothes make you look good, does the clothes make you look sexy, they have to fit perfectly, they have to be in the right price range, they have to look different from what’s already out there. Clothes have to deliver as a whole. This is nothing new! This is the very proposition that ever serious creative designer or artistic director struggles with day in and day out. And that’s not any different for Minaj.

Wanting to be a part of upscale fashion is a process. It doesn’t just happen! The upscale designers have been passionate about fashion for years and worked hard to get to where they are. They’re not so prone to just letting people come in and just turning into a big deal. These are some talented people. They’ve been preparing for this all their lives.

Photos Credit: Nicki Minaj’s Instagram

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