LOVE magazine just got a little darker. Panos Yiapanis, accompanied by his dark, raw aesthetics, has been added to the magazine’s staff by LOVE’s editor-in-chief, Katie Grand.
Text: Maria Meintani
The boy who grew up in Greece, lived in Cyprus for a while and then left, in order to study sculpture in Chelsea, London, has managed to build a CV to die for. Introduced to the fashion industry by the late photographer Corinne Day—to whom he gives all the credits of his career path, the 38-year-old Greek born stylist has reached a point where he can be proud of himself for having established long lasting collaborations with people and brands like Rick Owens (for over a decade now), Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana. His work has been featured in magazines like i-D, W, and Vogue Italia. Not bad, right? He has also worked for the campaigns of brands like Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein and Chanel and has established firm relationships with photographers like Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. “I ended up doing styling, which I consider to be the bottom rung of the ladder in terms of creativity”, he has said. He claims to enjoy the frenetic pace of his work and confesses to be kind of a masochistic when it comes to that.
After appointing him as fashion director-at-large, Katie Grand said that Yiapanis “has a completely unique view point on fashion and is a magnificent talent. I’m extremely privileged to have worked with Panos over the years and beyond excited to have him as a permanent fixture on the Love masthead”.
But what’s his opinion on his new position? “I feel like I’ve come full circle in terms of what I do. I’ve kind of been nomadic, which is putting it nicely. I’ve been a gypsy, going from one magazine to another. I feel like I’m back to where I was aesthetically when I first started out in terms of what I want to say, so having this position now gives me a new way of conveying that message», Yiapanis said to style.com.
Yiapanis has now the chance to be colleagues with Courtney Love, a woman he absolutely adores (it was him who introduced her to Givenchy House). “I’ve worked with Courtney Love and that kind of sums it up. You couldn’t want a more insane, amazing person to work with. She’s been the highlight and will always be the highlight. We’ve done quite a few projects together, and when you’re in a room with her, you just sit back and watch. It’s a mighty fantastic scene to behold. Yeah. She’s a special one“.
Yiapanis has been a regular contributor to the playful, biannual Love magazine since the Condé Nast title debuted in 2009. His contributions include four covers for the sixth issue with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and story entitled “30 Years of Optimism” for the seventh issue with Mario Testino.