ctober has been a tough month on Milanese designers, with a shakeup happening seemingly every week. Today is no different: This morning it was announced that Consuelo Castiglioni is leaving Marni. Despite Renzo Rosso’s OTB acquisition of the brand in 2015, both parties state that Castiglioni’s decision is a personal one.
“These were hectic and exciting years, which absorbed all of my energies to create a project I am proud of,” she told WWD. “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.”
This is just one more in a ongoing list of designers leaving Italian houses, with the news that Peter Dundas was out at Cavalli being announced last week, and Justin O’Shea being ousted from Brioni just before that.
Of course, Castiglioni’s departure is far more unexpected, as this is the company she founded. That being said, starting a company and building it is no easy feat. Castiglioni has put more than enough time and effort into making her line a business and creative success, as indicated by her most recent collection. Being on top of things does indeed take up a lot of time, and if she has chosen now to take a step back, she’s leaving on top. In the meantime Francesco Risso will lead the charge at the house.