Today’s Fashion Headlines. April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Nicki Minaj Smells Like?

Hip-hop and pop artist Nicki Minaj has inked a fragrance licensing deal with Give Back Brands LLC. The upcoming Minaj fragrance, the singer’s first, is due out in department stores this fall. Details of the fragrance concept have yet to be revealed, including if any of Minaj’s alter egos — ranging from Nicki Mirage to Roman Zolanski — will serve as a muse. But given the rapper-singer’s fondness for candy-store hues, bold color is likely involved.

“I have always been a huge fan of great fragrances,” Minaj stated. “This is yet another extension of my creative expression. I designed the scent and bottle with my Barbz [her fans] in mind.”

Rag & Bone Bringing Bags

This is another handbag creation that’s should have happened years ago… rag & bone has confirmed it is launching handbags next season. Styles are still being finalized and no photos are yet available, but I’m sure the leather that was a big hit in the ready-to-wear 2012 Fall collection will make it’s way to the collection. The bags will be available exclusively at rag & bone stores, including their new location on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, and at Barneys New York come September.

Louis Vuitton Wins Counterfeit Hearing

Louis Vuitton just got a boost from the U.S. government in its battle against counterfeits. On Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Louis Vuitton Malletier SA and Louis Vuitton U.S. Manufacturing Inc. in an unfair trade case alleging widespread counterfeiting and knockoffs by a “large-scale international counterfeiting and infringing enterprise” illegally profiting off the luxury brand’s trademarks.

The ITC said in a Federal Register notice Tuesday that it will essentially uphold an administrative law judge’s initial ruling, granting Louis Vuitton’s motion for summary determination of violation of a section of U.S. import trade law that covers trademark infringement and counterfeiting. Although filing a lawsuit with the ITC is not a common practice, the ruling signifies yet another avenue that brands have to protect their trademarks against counterfeiters.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source: Racked; WWD
Photo: WWD

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