For the third year in a row, the website Businessoffashion.com unveiled the list BoF 500, the most important list of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry today in more than 55 countries. 3 of them are Greek.
From François-Henri Pinault to Phoebe Philo, Suzy Menkes to Steven Kolb, Karl Lagerfeld to Kendall Jenner, the BoF 500 features top designers, executives, models and muses, retailers, media figures, tech innovators, catalysts and the creative class of photographers, stylists and creative directors that collectively drive the fashion world forward. Each year, the BoF team polls the existing BoF 500 community for nominations, blending the results with data analysis and months of careful research to unearth names from all corners of the globe, which are then considered for inclusion in this hand-curated collection of fashion’s key players.
Greece is for yet another year present with 3 representatives, Mary Katrantzou, Tom Kartsotis and Panos Yiapanis have made their impact in the fashion world and by being included in the this list for another year makes that even more certain.
Having launched her eponymous collection in 2008, London designer Mary Katrantzou quickly garnered industry acclaim and a cult following for her signature trompe l’oeil prints and structured silhouettes. She secured 15 international stockists such as Colette and Joyce following her debut presentation at London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2009.
Katrantzou has since been stocked at over 250 retailers. In 2010, Katrantzou was awarded the coveted Swiss Textiles award, followed by a British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear. Recent awards include Red Carpet Award at the British Fashion Awards and in early 2015 she became the recipient of the BFC x Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Recent collections have seen Katrantzou steer her design aesthetic in a new direction, shifting from an exploration of print and precision engineering to innovating in new areas of surface and textile design. AW14 marked this shift, with the introduction of Katrantzou’s first bag line – an area she has continued to explore in recent seasons.
Katrantzou has entered into several significant collaborations since the launch of her label, the most recent including the launch of a second capsule collection with adidas Originals in July this year. Previous collaborations have included costumes designed exclusively for the NYC Ballet and ranges for Moncler and Longchamp.
2. TOM KARTSOTIS
In 1984, Tom Kartsotis, then a 24-year-old college dropout who scalped tickets outside Texas Stadium for a living, started making cheap fashion watches in Hong Kong under the name Fossil. His older brother Kosta, a former Sanger Harris executive, helped get the line into department stores.
Less than ten years later, then brand went public and, along the way, grew from a small watch company to a global lifestyle brand, selling $3.2 billion worth of watches, handbags and clothing annually. Kartsotis was chairman and chief executive until 2000 and remained chairman until 2010. He still holds a small but undisclosed stake in the company.
In 2003, Kartsotis founded his private equity and brand management firm, Bedrock Manufacturing Co, named after the hometown of cartoon charcater Fred Flintstone. Bedrock itself flies under the radar, but the Texas-based company has quietly built up a portfolio of consumer brands, with a particular interest in American products.
Kartsotis is active on a daily basis in the management of Bedrock and its various brands. In 2011, he set up a state-of-the-art operation called Shinola that now produces 500,000 high quality watches a year, as well as bicycles, leather goods and hand-crafted journals.
In 2012, Bedrock added Filson to its portfolio. Founded in 1897 and based in Seattle, the brand continues to hand-make all its designs, from outdoor wear to leather bags, in America.
3. PANOS YIAPANIS
Stylist and fashion editor Panos Yiapanisis renowned for his fashion forward editorials and signature youth-culture-imbued aesthetic. Boasting longstanding creative relationships with Rick Owens and Ricardo Tisci, the stylist has collaborated on several beauty and fashion campaigns for Owens and Givenchy, as well as styling the labels seasonal catwalk shows. Regularly working alongside prominent fashion photographers Steven Meisel, Nick Knight and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, Yiapanis has contributed to magazines such as Vogue Italia, Harpers Bazaar, AnOther and W and in April 2013 the stylist was appointed fashion director-at-large at Love magazine.
Crediting the launch of his career on a close friendship with iconic British photographer Corinne Day, Panos first began styling on mock shoots around London whilst studying sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art. After leaving to pursue a career in fashion, Yiapanis worked closely alongside Day on editorials for i-D and Dutch, slowly raising his profile within the community. Meetings with American photographer Steven Klein and prolific Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin led to increased attention and Yiapanis soon began working on editorials for The Face and Arena Homme Plus.
Panos has worked on campaigns for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney, and has also styled fashion films for Barneys New York and Calvin Klein