Well-known Italian fashion house Marni has been run by its founder, Consuelo Castiglioni since the beginning back in 1994 with her husband. Even once Marni was acquired by OTB (Only the Brave) back in 2012, Consuelo Castiglioni maintained her position as the creative director. She has grown the brand from one that provided ideal options to wear with fur to strong patterned ready-to-wear clothing that is easily noticeable as a Marni piece.
The fashion line has managed several successful collaborations and even launched the menswear line in 2007. The silhouettes have a very ‘newly designed’ vintage feel that has garnered a dedicated following for the fashion line in sixteen different countries, where they have licensed stores and many more thanks to their online sales.
According to the Marni press release, Consuelo Castiglioni’s decision to step down as the creative director of Marni was of a personal nature. The new creative director successor for Marni has been named though: 33-year-old Francesco Risso.
Francesco Risso has a strong, established background in fashion, from his education in Italy at Polimoda Fashion School, then transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Finally, he graduated from Central St. Martins in London, following the impressive footsteps of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.
As an Italian Fashion House, Marni was more than happy to put up Italian Francesco Risso into the creative director position. His resume also includes working for Anna Molinari, Malo and Prada.
OTB is very excited by the change as well with the president Renzo Rosso stating: “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.”
He further added: “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.”
Consuelo Castiglioni released the heartfelt statement: “These were hectic and exciting years which absorbed all of my energies to create a project I am proud of. Thanks also to the constant support of my family who allowed me to stay true to my idea, I built a brand with a precise and recognizable identity. The time has now come to dedicate myself to my private life. I thank all the people who believed in this project and who, with loyal dedication, have helped me along this fantastic journey.”
There has also been word that Consuelo Castiglioni’s children Giovanni and Carolina will be stepping down from their roles in operations, special projects, children’s wear and communications. Francesco Risso is set to take over immediately, with the first full effects of his leadership showing up in Milan in 2017.
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