Consuelo Castiglioni has decided to leave Marni, the company she founded with husband Gianni.
Francesco Risso will succeed Castiglioni as creative director of the label.
“These were hectic and exciting years, which absorbed all of my energies to create a project I am proud of,” Castiglioni said. “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.”
Risso studied at Florence Polimoda, New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martin’s in London. His work experience started at Anna Molinari, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Malo. In 2008, he joined Prada Group to work on the brand’s women’s show collections and on special brand endorsement projects.
The designer will be responsible for all Marni collections for fall 2017.
OTB, which took full control of Marni in 2015, said in a statement that Castiglioni’s departure “is a personal decision.”
Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, stated: “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.”
OTB also owns the Maison Margiela and Viktor & Rolf brands, among others.