09/08/2013 09:20 EDT | Updated 11/08/2013 05:12 EST

Herve Leger puts Minaj in the house - front row and in one of its little bandage numbers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The best model for the new spring Herve Leger collection wasn't on the runway, she was next to it: Nicki Minaj clapped heartily for and took her own photos of each dress that was paraded in front of her at New York Fashion Week. Then she stood up in her own black bandage-style dress and gave designers Max and Lubov Azria a standing ovation.

Her presence at the show on Saturday largely changed the tone of the audience conversation, which had been about rumoured financial troubles with the label, but Minaj — even with the camera-and-security frenzy she caused — helped put the focus back on the clothes.

Leger has a look: second-skin silhouettes that strictly follow the curves of the body. What's new each season is the palette — black, blue and blush this time — and the embellishment, which included zippers and fringe.

There also were flashes of skin on the bodice with strategic cutouts, emerging as a trend this season on other runways, too.

The designers' notes said the collection "evokes its signature couture techniques to convey a story of artistic vision and functionality to define a new urban esthetic."