Marni founder Consuelo Castiglioni departs – Francesco Risso named creative director

Consuelo Castiglioni, who founded MARNI with her husband Gianni in 1994 has confirmed she is stepping down from the brand.  In a statement to BoF she said “the time has come to dedicate myself to my private life.”

Francesco Risso who was appointed Creative Director arrives from Prada being expected to make his debut collection for the brand for autumn/winter 2017. Risso has also worked at Anna Molinari, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, and Malo.

Renzo Rosso’s Only The Brave (OTB) took a 61% stake in MARNI 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.

Consuelo Castiglioni