#LOVINGYOURWORK MASHA MEL & TESS YOPP

Meet photographer/stylist duo Masha Mel and Tess Yopp. Known for their edgier-than-edgy shoots in magazines like Dazed, i-D and Hunger, this Russian double act are gaining serious cred with those in the know. We caught up with the girls for a quick chat (wearing matching Marques’Almeida coats) at London Fashion Week.

What brings you to Fashion Week?

Tess: We normally work as a photographer and stylist, but this season we thought we’d give set design a go.

Masha: We built the set for Ryan Lo’s presentation. His SS15 collection is inspired by mermaids under the sea so we went for a Hawaiian party set-up! Think palm leaves, pink ukuleles, inflatable flamingos – it was a lot of fun to create.

What makes you two a good double act? 

T: We have a very similar sense for style. And we’re both Russian!

M: Working with Tess is a lot of unpredictable fun! Her styling really compliments my photography – she’s got a real eye for colour and finding the most eye-catching pieces.

What’s been your favourite project to work on?

M: We recently did an accessories shoot for Hunger which looked great – we shot each other as the models.

T: I love this season’s Marques’Almeida campaign we shot. I can’t tell you too much until it comes out, but it follows three girls wandering through a forest…

You’re obviously big Marques’Almeida fans?

M: We met Marta and Paulo when they were studying at Central Saint Martins and used some of their pieces for an editorial – we’ve been working closely with them ever since.

T: Their designs are so cool and  youthful. They can be dressy but look completely effortless at the same time.

Did you plan to wear the same Marques’Almeida coat today?

T: No! We always end up wearing the same thing – it just happened!

Masha what do you love about your Topshop furry clutch?

M: The colour, the price and that it’s big enough to put your camera in it.

Any advice for getting into the fashion industry?

T: Don’t be afraid to approach loads of people and intern lots and lots and lots…

M: Never stop!

Like Tess and Masha’s style? Look out for the Marques’Almeida x Topshop collection arriving on 9th October.