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Backstage at Marni SS17Photography Martina Ferrera

Another day, another Milan designer departure

Consuelo Castiglioni leaves Marni, the label she founded with her husband in 1994

So many Milan designers have been leaving their jobs recently, that it’s hard to keep track. Dundas left Cavalli, Justin O’Shea left Brioni (after just six months) and earlier this year, Stefano Pilati departed Zegna and Alessandro Sartori went from Berluti. Anyway, this morning news has broken that Consuelo Castiglioni is exiting Marni, the label she founded with her husband Gianni back in 1994.

While the designer’s departure was the subject of rumours at this just gone Milan Fashion Week, it was only confirmed this morning. Speaking in a statement, she revealed the reason behind her decision – one that was personal.

“These were hectic and exciting years which absorbed all of my energies to create a project I am proud of,” she 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 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.”

Throughout her time at the brand, the designer has won acclaim for her ‘awkward chic’ look, her colourful prints and bold textures – her collections were always sophisticated but at the same time, fun.

Renzo Rosso, president of Only The Brave, the company that owns Diesel, Maison Margiela and Viktor & Rolf, and acquired Marni in 2013 said, “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.”

OTB has already announced Castiglioni’s successor, though: Francesco Risso who joins the brand from Prada, where she worked on the womenswear collections and special brand endorsement projects.