Nicki Minaj channels high-end favorites for affordable fashion line

Nicki Minaj launches her fashion line at Kmart on Oct. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren't always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn't mind.

At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is "understandable," but she insists it's "not about being a designer."

The "Starships" rapper, 30, says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear.

The line for Kmart and features midriff-baring tops, patterned leggings and curve-hugging dresses, as well as jewelry, clutches and bejeweled caps. There's also a pink velour track suit and a faux fur trapper hat.

Minaj says Chanel, Versace and Herve Leger were among her inspirations. In an interview with "Good Morning America" that aired Wednesday, she described the line as "fashionable and sexy."

"I wanted to do something that would take Kmart to another level and make girls like me think that we could shop here," she added.

Prices range from $3.99 for a studded bracelet to $37.99 for a light wash, denim jacket. Go here to see some of the looks.