Carmen Daneshmandi

Fashion Week

Video: Jason Wu Talks About Intimacy & Wardrobe Essentials After His NYFW Show

The times are changing; the times are staying the same. What matters most to women is what has always mattered: beautiful clothes that add to our strength and beauty and enrich our daily lives. What matters to the industry, however … that’s in flux as designers, retailers and clients adjust their expectations in terms of access, timing and the whole song and dance of it all.

On Friday Jason Wu prioritized real women and presented his spring collection inside a gorgeous but relatively small environment. The number of attendees was about half that of last season, and while Jason always creates a beautiful runway environment, yesterday’s felt truly special.


NYFW just got cozy at Jason Wu; atmosphere images and video by Carmen Daneshmandi

We captured the daring and nontraditional landscape of the show, and we spoke with Jason about how it all relates to the looks he loves—and what’s on offer now for fall 2016



SPACE Brand Phelan Weaves Motion and Femininity at New York Fashion Week

I learned a new word backstage before the Phelan show: diegetic. It’s a filmmaking term that, when applied to the audio realm, describes a “sound whose source is visible on the screen or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film.”

In other words, a union of sound and vision.

We were invited to join Brooklyn-based designer Amanda Phelan and crew during rehearsal for her show, which was set to include a dance ensemble. As she described how the performance and sound accompaniment would underscore the actual collection for spring ’17, her partner, music designer Mike Dragovic, dropped the word on me as a way of explaining how the dancers and his soundtrack would double and juxtapose to suggest a sort of real and extra-real or hyperreal experience.


Designer Amanda Phelan and choreographer Shannon Gillen watch dancers rehearse before the Phelan show on Thursday night.
All images by Carmen Daneshmandi

It takes a brave emerging designer to show an important collection inside a heady, mesmerizing theater concept. Most would fear the distraction and avoid the possibility of the audience focusing on anything other than the clothing. But as she’s shared with us in past seasons, Amanda is committed to forgoing a traditional runway in favor of performative presentations.


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Staz Lindes on Punk Rock, Santa Monica and Keeping It Real | Behind-the-Scenes Images and Q&A

staz1Images by Carmen Daneshmandi

Staz Lindes is one of the hottest models in the game and recently did some work for us–and we love how it turned out. But there are several layers to Lindes.

Below, scope behind-these-scenes images from Staz’s shoot photographed by our homie Carmen Daneshmandi, which, in our opinion, deserve a wing in an art museum. At least a passageway.

Interspersed therein: our Q&A with Lindes about her experience modeling for Nordstrom, what her punk rock band, the Paranoyds, is up to (she sings and plays bass)–and her musical and real-talk-laden journey through life.

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Staz yonder…


Hiking, Sketching, Embroidering and David Bowie: Fall Fashion Behind the Scenes Photos and Langley Fox Q&A

langley11We’re big Langley Fox fans over here, appreciators both of the personal style of the daughter of Mariel Hemingway (yes, that would make her Ernest Hemingway’s great-great-granddaughter) as well as her visual art. She’s nice with a Dixon-Ticonderoga, to put it lightly, a photorealistic pencil sketcher with a fondness for the female form (potentially NSFW link here, depending on where you W).

Fox did some modeling for our upcoming fall fashion feature on our website. You’ll see the finished photos in due time, but for now we have these beautiful behind the scenes shots from photographer Carmen Daneshmandi.

Check out the images below and our chat with Langley about her experience on set, her current sketching and embroidery projects and where to shop and hike if you’re ever in her hometown of Ketchum, Idaho.

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Gifted Giver: Fashion Photographer Carmen Daneshmandi

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Of Spanish and Iranian descent, raised in the Northwest and rerooted in Brooklyn, Carmen Daneshmandi has a perspective that constantly colors new ideas about emerging technology, modern mashups, ancient wisdom and deep, archival beauty. Take, for instance, the Philip Crangi studio visit she shot for our Men’s Shop Daily. Simply put, we love how this lady sees the world—and the world of giving.

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