September 18, 2011 10:39 pm

Although New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 is done and dusted, traces of the eight-day jamboree persist. My half-dead BlackBerry has enough life, however, to recall 20 photos taken backstage with it over the course of the week. When I wasn’t busy shooting video on the sly, then I was doing my best to take full advantage of the smartphone’s camera without any of those daft retro-come-lately camera apps. There is an undeniable honesty and immediacy to these mobile-phone images, which in another 15 years will no doubt be nostalgically aped by whatever technologies we will use to capture pictures. Until then, click through the below slide show to see Hanne Gaby get her nails did at Rag & Bone, Julia Nobis lose her tattoos at Calvin Klein, or read exactly what that sign said about Brangelina backstage at Michael Kors.

Slide Show

  • 1-BRENDA_KRANZ_BCBGMAXAZRIA_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Brenda Kranz poses a look for BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 2-RUBY_JEAN_WILSON_YIGAL_AZROUEL_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Ruby Jean Wilson models her Yigal Azrouël Spring 2012 opening look
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 3-HANNE_GABY_RAG_AND_BONE_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Hanne Gaby gets her nails did at Rag & Bone Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 4-ALEXANDER_WANG_PIER_94_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Pier 94 just about contains Alexander Wang Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 5-KARMEN_PEDARU_ALEXANDER_WANG_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Karmen Pedaru looks a stunnah at Alexander Wang Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 6-TOMMY_HILFIGER_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Tommy Hilfiger speaks, others listen at Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 7-HANNE_GABY_TOMMY_HILFIGER_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Hanne Gaby dictates at Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 8-AIDEN_ANDREWS_FRANCISCO_LACHOWSKI_QINGQING_WU_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Strapping young gentlemen at Qingqing Wu Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 9-ANAIS_MALI_DIESEL_BLACK_GOLD_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Anais Mali sits for makeup at Diesel Black Gold Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 10-KARMEN_PEDARU_KATE_KING_GUIDO_PALAU_DIESEL_BLACK_GOLD_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Karmen, Guido & Kate ready for Diesel Black Gold Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 11-ERJONA_ALA_MARYNA_LINCHUK_DIESEL_BLACK_GOLD_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Erjona Ala & Maryna Linchuk pose after Diesel Black Gold Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 12-LINA_SANDBERG_OSCAR_DE_LA_RENTA_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Lina Sandberg presents look, erm, #1 at Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 13-DAS_RACIST_RELAX_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Das Racist release a Spring 2012 accessory called Relax
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 14-MICHAEL_KORS_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    A sign humbly asks "who is Brangelina?" at Michael Kors Spring 2012
  • 15-DAMIEN_NEVA_CALVIN_KLEIN_SPRING_2012_ALI_COHEN
    Keeping the dirt off Damien Neva's Vans at Calvin Klein Spring 2012
    Photography: Ali Cohen
  • 16-HANNE_GABY_CALVIN_KLEIN_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Hanne Gaby entertains a Formula 1 pit crew at Calvin Klein Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 17-JULIA_NOBIS_CALVIN_KLEIN_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    A leopard loses its spots at Calvin Klein Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 18-MARC_JACOBS_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Oh, just a golden curtain at Marc Jacobs Spring 2012
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 19-PHILIP_GLASS_EINSTEIN_ON_THE_BEACH_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    The Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 playlist
    Photography: Damien Neva
  • 20-LAMINATE_BACKSTAGE_SPRING_2012_DAMIEN_NEVA
    Laminates are prone to accumulation
    Photography: Damien Neva
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