Carolina Herrera, a perennial favorite of Hollywood’s A-list, on Monday offered a bit of quiet elegance for spring 2012, with flowing dresses, bare shoulders and simple silhouettes. For daytime, Herrera offered short ladylike white skirts and dresses with bird prints in bright green and canary yellow, or brick red. Dresses in dizzying geometric patterns contrasted with clean black and white numbers.

For evening, body-skimming gowns were sleeveless or strapless, in shimmering silver, eye-popping yellow or emerald green.

“I love the idea of elegance and intricacy, but whether it is in a piece of clothing or a fragrance, the intricacy must appear as simplicity,” the Venezuela-born Herrera has said.

Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger — who often wears Herrera gowns on the red carpet — was in the front row, dressed in subdued gray. But rapper of the moment Nicki Minaj — in a towering platinum wig and multi-colored pompom sweater — scored the coveted seat next to American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the queen of the fashion set.