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The end of an era at Marni

Following changes of creative leadership in a couple of fashion houses including Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Lanvin, and Valentino – Italian brand, Marni, has followed suit.

Swiss-born Consuelo Castiglioni is stepping down as Creative Director of the luxury house she founded in 1994, stating personal decisions.

Consueto Castiglioni takes a final bow.
Consueto Castiglioni takes a final bow.

“These were hectic and exciting years which absorbed all of my energies to create a project I am proud of”, Castiglioni said of her decision, “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 recognisable 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”, she further elaborated.

Her final work for Marni is its Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which showed in September.

A look from Castiglioni's final collection at Marni; the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
A look from Castiglioni’s final collection at Marni; the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

Now, for the most important question: who will be taking her place as Creative Director? The answer is Francesco Risso – a name relatively unknown outside of the industry.

Francesco Risso
Francesco Risso

An alumni of Central Saint Martin’s, 33-year-old Francesco Risso was previously at Prada since 2008 as a designer of women’s collections, and special brand endorsement projects.

Will he live up to expectations, and bring the Italian label to brand new heights? Will the aesthetics of the brand be kept quirky, yet wearable, or head towards an entirely different direction? I guess we all have to wait and see as all eyes will be on Risso as he debuts his first collection for Marni in Milan with the Fall/Winter 2017 collection this coming February.