Nicki Minaj And More New York Fashion Week Highlights

Betsey Johnson, Charlotte Ronson, Rebecca Minkoff and Tracy Reese present MTV News' favorite Spring 2012 collections.

New York Fashion Week is officially a wrap! Designers, models and fashionistas gathered around Lincoln Center in NYC to get a front-row seat to all the hottest looks for the Spring 2012 season.

MTV News was there to give you a backstage pass to all the top designers and fill you in on all the latest trends. Here are the highlights:

Betsey Johnson
Betsey Johnson doesn’t just put on a runway show — she throws a party. The 69-year-old pint-sized fashionista folded all of her well-known looks — leopard, sequins, ruffles and lace — and came out with a line that was funky, bright and inspired. So, where did Johnson get her inspiration? From Nicki Minaj, of course!

“I was watching Nicki Minaj and my daughter Lulu, and I’m thinking, ‘They are the body type,’ ” Betsey said of making the looks for her spring line. “I love [Nicki], and she really wears my stuff. She likes real tight. She’s just my most, most, most favorite girl right now.”

Minaj, who was sitting front row in a tutu and blue cotton-candy hair, was in awe that her fashion icon is such a fan.

“She’s a free spirit,” Nicki said of Betsey. “When I met her the other day, I felt like I knew her for my whole life. She’s so warm and considerate and caring. She’s amazingly talented, and I’ve been wearing her clothes forever, so to meet her was like, ‘Yay!’ I was bowing down to her. She’s dope!”

Charlotte Ronson
Charlotte Ronson kicked off our week with a retro feel, bringing us back to the ’70s with her Boho flare. Ronson’s ready-to-wear looks were inspired by the Victorian era, but of course, she added her signature grunge style to complete her collection.

“It actually first started off being more Victorian: lots of light, sheer dresses and covered buttons and high necklines,” Ronson said of the inspiration behind her spring line. “It always falls into more of a Boho, ’70s feel, but then each season, we also add a little more grunge factor, and that comes in more with button-downs and pajama pants and patchwork denim and the crop tops and things like that.”

Celebrity attendees included Kelly Osbourne, Whitney Port, Nicky Hilton and, as usual, Charlotte’s sister, Samantha Ronson, was on hand DJing the event.

Tracy Reese
Designer Tracy Reese’s Spring 2012 line was bursting at the seams with bright colors, flowy dresses and floral prints, making this line perfect for the everyday woman.

“I wanted to do something very romantic, an ode to spring,” Reese said. “The clothes are very romantic, but very useful, very wearable. A lot of great color: brights, hot pinks, neons, beautiful blues — but the whole range from a sweet misty blue to a dark, strong peacock — pops of yellow and pretty neutrals to balance the whole thing out.”

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff has made a name for herself designing purses that we constantly see used by A-list celebrities including Vanessa Hudgens, Blake Lively and Fashion Week front-row attendee Michelle Trachtenberg.

“Her clothes make up half of my closet,” Trachtenberg told us on the runway. “[Her line] looks beautiful. You can literally walk it off the runway.”

Minkoff’s spring line showed a collection of day-to-night outfits, complete with neons, beachwear and rocker-chic blazers.

“What I love about this collection: It’s full of texture, really great color, a lot of brights — just happy spring,” Minkoff told us backstage. “I really concentrated on color, texture and just a little bit of sexy with an edge.”

For complete coverage of New York Fashion Week, visit MTV Style.

Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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