an interview with ekaterina kiseleva

Ekaterina Kiseleva has been one of the hottest models on the runways these past few seasons. Hailing from Siberia Russia, she has worked for the likes of Missoni, Balenciaga, Marc jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Versace, Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Narcisco Rodriguez and Vivienne Westwood just to name a few.

Ekat took some time off her busy schedule to talk to tso...

1. Hello Ekat, how are you? What are you up to?
Hey :)
I got reeeaaaally busy at the end of this year, flights between Tokyo and NY.
Had celebrated my 21st birthday in NY :) on 22 November

2. How did you begin your career? What's your discovery story?
My mum looooved to take pictures and videos of me and my brother when we were young, I have a huge collection at home lol. That's how I began to play in front of a camera....but I never wanted to be a model, I was a ballroom dancer... I always had a problem with a partner because I had grown fast and was tall for my age.
Each year in our city we have a beauty competition, I was 14 and I wanted to try out, I love competition :) (fighting haha)
One of the judges of that competition was a director of a big model agency in Moscow and she invited 5 girls for a photo shoot , I was one of them.... it was the summer 2002 and I went to Moscow after those days, it started a whole new story of my life....

3. What has been you favourite job so far?
Just had a shoot for i-D magazine in London, I love to work with english teams, they have a new fresh eye on fashion - i think so...
Shot for Velvet in NY in Chelsea Hotel , if you know what I’m tallking about ;) this place is crazy, to understand you need to see it... in this hotel, every room is different, paintings and posters all around the halls... many famous musicians, artists have lived there and still do....

4. Any designers you wish to work for?
I had the chance (luck) to work with big designers like Francesco Costa - Calvin Klein , Frida Giannini - Gucci , I did looks for them while it was exclusive for a show . You can see how a piece of material becomes art on you.
When you do shows you have casting where you try outfits for the runway. Then you have fittings, by that time you see all the hard work of all the designers.
I loooove Balmain I want to work with them...and I never did Chanel, I would love to work with them too

5. Where do you call home?
NY East Village, East side of London town, Paris under the Eiffel tower (haha i wish)... but really my home is all the world. I can't choose, for now...

6. What's your personal style? What are your favourite designers?
It's hard to talk about style , for me I haven’t found my personal style yet, I’m trying some thing new all the time and seasons changing style and I’m growing and starting to try many new things which I would have never wore before....
Now my style icon is Emmanuelle Alt, the best stylist of French Vogue :)
Couple of favorite designers : Balmain , YSL (forever), Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen

8. Any beauty secrets/must have products?
Beauty secrets are easy: healthy food, 7-8 hours of sleep and of course you need to feed your skin with vitamins: the environment is bad now if you live in a big city like NY, always traveling around the world is affecting your skin too.
I love the skin care of Shiseido, I like to try some new stuff too.

9. Have you received any cool gifts from work?
Sometimes you get gifts but not often, the best gifts I had ever received is a Balenciaga bag after I did their shows I was soooooo happy, Marc Jacobs had paid the models by clothes (we could take a couple of things from previous collections or samples) some designers do that :) :) :)

10. What would you be doing if you were not modelling?
It’s hard to say now, but if my life wasn’t this way I would go study in university in Siberia, probably in the black oil business, that's what we all do in Siberia haha
But I'm glad.... now I see so much, I have met so many interesting and amazing people, I'm learning about everything, everyday.....I have an open mind now and I don't know who iIwant to be in life (I still keep that a secret inside me lol) I will as much as I can, I will

11. What's next for you?
Haha that's a funny questions for me, I make plans of what I want to do but I never plan what will be in a couple of days or months .... I only know that it's gonna be new day tomorrow, new sun, new feelings ... I'm an optimistic person.

an interview with stephanie carta

Stephanie Carta one of Australia's top models to hit the international modelling scene. She has worked for the likes of Balenciaga, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Bruno Pieters, Jil Sander, Costume National, Alberta Ferretti, Paul Smith and Phi to name a few.

tso caught up with her for a chat...

Stephanie Carta

an interview with the teenagers

Following the recent release of The Teenagers album ‘Reality Check’ and their current world tour, tso caught up with Quentin Delafon from the band and had a quick chat..

How are you guys, what have you been up to?
We were in Russia we played Moscow and St Petersburg. Really cool crowds, it's really another world over there but yeah we met nice Russian peeps.

What's the story of The Teenagers? How did you meet and start the band?
We've been friends for years to start with then one night - Xmas Eve - we were drunk and decided to do a song/a band/a Myspace profile.

Your lyrics are intelligent and quirky? What inspires the music?
Sex, love, party, vodka, summer, puberty, Red Bull, ham rollz, Swedish girls...

Tell us a little bit about 'Reality Check'
It's our album, the 1st one... We never thought we would have an album out when we started! Sounds lame but sooo true. It's a very spontaneous and fresh album and its good too if you can handle the French accent and overall French sleaziness...

I hear that you're band was originally a joke. What does it feel like to gain the success that you have?
It's cool when it's unexpected

Your song ‘Starlett Johansson’ is obviously about Scarlett Johansson, have you actually met her before or after the song was released?
No, never but maybe its better like that. Imaginary lovers are always better... kind of.

If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be?
m83’s Anthony Gonzales <3 (

What would you be doing if The Teenagers did not exist?
Erm boring jobs... The question is what would people do?

What's next for you guys?
Japan, European summer festivals and a 2nd album!

You can hear The Teenagers on their myspace
Check out their blog for a journal of their tour… in pictures..

make it happen


an interview with matt irwin

tso recently caught up with photographer Matt Irwin for a chat..

Hi Matt, how are you?
Yeah I'm good thanks

When did you realise you wanted to become a photographer?
I was about 17 I guess, so much funny stuff happening around me, never wanted it to end, a way of keeping it and people alive.

Most memorable shoot you worked on?
Naomi Campbell, enough said....

You’ve snapped the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Cory Kennedy, Agyness Deyn, Alice Dellal and Natasha Poly to name a few. Who would you love to photograph?
Francis Bean and loads of others!!

What are you currently working on?
Shooting the next cover of Dazed and a story for Russian Vogue and V Magazine.

If you were to have another photographer take your photo, who would it be?
Alasdair McClellan, hes' fit.

If you weren’t taking photos what would you be doing?
Working in Tesco? or dead, either one.

And finally, what’s next for you?
Money, facelift, divorce, you know, the usual.