- Associated Press - Monday, September 12, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Move over Renee Zellweger, oh you of the tasteful buff dress and matchy matchy shoes. Nicki Minaj got the front row next to Anna Wintour at Monday’s runway show of your beloved Carolina Herrera.

The multiplatinum singer showed up in a multiplatinum Marie Antoinette wig and technicolor pompom-ed sweater to grab the prime real estate at New York Fashion Week. Rounding out the look for her chat with the Vogue editor in chief was a bright orange mini skirt, neon stockings and pink shoes.

They exchanged smiles before the show but got serious once the models took to the catwalk. On Minaj’s other side was W magazine fashion editor Stefano Tonchi. Zellweger, who usually rocks Herrera designs on red carpets, sat front row nearby.

Minaj attended Betsey Johnson’s show later Monday, changing up her look with big, sea green hair and poofy striped ruffle dress.

The Grammy-nominated entertainer, who released her platinum-selling debut “Pink Friday” last year, has evolved from oversexed street rapper to animated R&B-pop singer and a bona fide star. She has a penchant for Barbies, wild outfits and cartoonish wigs.

At last month’s MTV Video Music Awards, Minaj wore a printed surgical mask, rainbow wig and mini-tutu in a cubic design, with an attached string of stuffed toys.

Zellweger took photos with fellow actress Olivia Munn at Herrera. British singer Corinne Bailey Rae and “Twilight” actress Elizabeth Reaser also attended.

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Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/musicmesfin