Did Nicki Minaj Copy This Unknown When She Had Her Fashion Week Dress Made?

Nicki Minaj attending the Carolina Herrera show at New York Fashion Week and a design by SomedayNewYorker.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of SomedayNewYorker

In light of all the red sole legal drama between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent, and the lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit that crops up against Forever 21 for allegedly swiping designs, the lines between what is and isn’t considered intellectual property-jacking are hazy and blurry and totally crazy-making. The most recent fashion eyebrow-raise now involves our girl Nicki Minaj, placing the neon pom-pom covered football-pad-style dress she wore to Carolina Herrera’s New York Fashion Week show in question.

Now, we’re definitely not well-versed in trademarking or copyrighting laws, but the similarities between the two outfits and Coco Perez’s report that SomedayNewYorker designer Jessica Rodgers claims to have had previous contact with Minaj’s stylists is definitely cause to make us sit up and pay attention. We perused the Facebook album. We gave the images from the Herrera show of Nicki sitting with Anna Wintour the once, twice, and thrice over. We even read Jessica’s heartfelt reaction to Nicki’s Fashion Week outfit. The whole situation is clunky and messy for sure.

However, we’re still torn. Now, pump the brakes a sec, and don’t get it twisted. We’re not siding with Nicki here or anything. Sometimes things aren’t black and white, and divisions aren’t so easily drawn, but the flip side of this conversation begs to be discussed. Were Nicki’s dress a 100 percent exact replica of the SomedayNewYorker puff ball dress, sure, that’s a clear-cut unfair theft of an idea. But there’s variation in the silhouette, the breadth of color palette used, and the placement of larger and smaller pom poms (Nicki’s outfit using the larger ones to accentuate lines and draw the shoulders up while Jessica’s design intermixes large with small), which muddles things a bit.

The reason the Louboutin red sole lawsuits are having such difficulty getting off the ground is because the desire to stake a claim in something as fundamental as a color or a material can create an unfair monopoly, which is very anti-competition, WHICH is some of the best kindling for creativity. And then, does that open a can of worms where Levi Strauss & Co. can turn around and sue every copper-riveted blue jeans manufacturer because they had the idea first? But IDK, is this even the same thing as the Loubou v. YSL Red-Sole-gate? What do you honestly think? ADDITIONALLY, does this guy have an opportunity to weigh in because homeboy made these Pom-Pom Prom outfits back in 2003?

{via Coco Perez}

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