Designer Focus


The brand's signature looks include bold colours, unusual shapes and prints that represent a grown-up playfulness. Creative director Francesco Risso carries on the historical legacy of Marni.


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About the designer

After founder Consuela Castiglioni stepped down after more than twenty years, Marni assigned Francesco Risso as the house's new creative director. The Italian designer studied at Polimoda in Italy before transferring to FIT in New York and pursuing a master's degree at Central Saint Martins in London. These three different experiences each had a distinctive impact in forming him into the creator he is today. After a stint at Anna Molinari, Risso was hired by Alessandro Dell'Acqua and simultaneously opened his own store. Seeing both sides of the industry provided Risso with an intense experience and a clear point of reference. Four years later, the talented designer signed up at Prada and worked his way up at the company, viewing the business from every angle. As a relatively unknown character within the industry, Francesco Risso now contributes to Marni’s next chapter, taking the creative and design helm. Equally colourful and free-spirited as Marni, we expect nothing less from Risso than for him to grace this adventure with the Italian house’s famously fresh, eccentric and whimsical approach.

Collection spring/summer 2018

Marni’s creative designer Francesco Risso was inspired by the game of treasure hunts, and presented a mix-and-match collection of combined floral and check patterns. The overall boxy silhouettes with emphasised rounded hips featured deconstructed corset-inspired bathing suits worn as tops and paired with raw-hemmed skirts. The lustrous satin fabrics lent an elegant feel whereas the clash of prints and multi-coloured hues added to the label’s playful DNA. The full layered looks were toned down by sheer maxi dresses, and punctuated with pearl embellishments. The luxurious Dalmatian-inspired black and white furry coat will lend the perfect layering option for those pre-summer days and nights.