Consuelo Castiglioni exits Marni, Francesco Risso named creative director
Consuelo Castiglioni is leaving Marni with Francesco Risso stepping into the creative director’a role, according to reports.
There had been rumours for some time that Castiglioni, who founded the label with her husband Gianni in 1994, would decidedto move on and the brand confirmed the news today.
In a statement she said “the time has come to dedicate myself to my private life.”
Meanwhile Risso, moves from Prada to helm the brand with his first collection due to debut next fashion week for autumn/winter 2017. He has also worked at Anna Molinari, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, and Malo.
Renzo Rosso’s Only The Brave (OTB) took a 61% stake in the firm in 2012 and last year took full control.
Marni is best known for its quirky, intellectual approach to fashion with high-end collections that appeal to a sophisticated clientele who like a strong signature rather than fast-moving fashion fads.
Since OTB’s involvement with the brand, it has expanded its menswear offer and put major backing behind its development.
Rosso said in a statement today: “The world pays tribute to the original vision of Consuelo, and to a unique brand which we are proud to have in our group. I wish her the very best.
"I am happy to welcome Francesco, whose talent will contribute to writing a new chapter in the history of this house which is Italian at heart and global in spirit. I am confident that the creative team and the management of Marni, which have contributed to this success, will continue to make this brand reach exciting new goals.”
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