Since launching over 20 years ago, Marni has constantly surprised and delighted us with its thought-provoking, quirky and creative designs. Be it its geometric-shaped clutches or cocoon-silhouette coats in bold colours and prints, the Italian label has always been less about overt sex appeal and more about an art-influenced, modern aesthetic.

It’s difficult to think of Marni without its founder Consuelo Castiglioni, who launched the label with her business partner and husband Gianni Castiglioni in 1994. While it remained a family-owned business since the beginning, in 2012, the brand was sold to Italian fashion group Only The Brave, to further its rapid expansion.

Marni started as Gianni Castiglioni’s family fur business but it was Consuelo’s signature joyful and artsy style that has given the brand its instantly recognisable identity. As ever, her last collection for the label felt like a fresh burst of energy, with jangling sequins and bold yellows and greens peppered throughout the upbeat show.

But this morning, we have learnt that Castiglioni is stepping down as creative director of the house. With this, the Italian fashion label confirmed that it has appointed Francesco Risso as its new creative director. She commented that she is leaving for “personal reasons”. “The time has now come to dedicate myself to my private life,” said Consuelo Castiglioni in a statement.

As for Risso, his role as the new creative director will be effective immediately, in which he will be responsible for all Marni collections starting Autumn Winter 2017. The Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martins alumni worked for Anna Molinari, Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Malo, before joining Prada in 2008 to work on the label’s womenswear collections.