Posts Tagged ‘Marni’

Interview-Julie-de-Libran-la-styliste-qui-a-redynamise-la-maison-RykielWhat’ he’s doing at Marni feels more than what the big brands are doing. We have too many clothes, and it’s wonderful to see a young designer giving value to things, making them less throwaway, adding a story to the workmanship. 


Julie de Libran, creative director at Sonia Rykiel.,

Ms. de Libran is speaking about Marni creative director, Francesco Risso (W magazine, v. 2 2019).

This comment reminds me a of recent conversation I had with my mother. We were taking about boots. I said I had three pair, each very different  for different looks/purposes. They were expensive but simple. I take care of them and continue to wear them season after season. She said that she also preferred quality over quantity. “I’d rather have fewer things but always good quality.”

Quality, value, story. Nothing cheap. No more throwaway. Is there a shift in our fashionable future?



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Francesco Risso. Speaking of inspiration, the window in the background reminds me of bojagi.

I’m a passionate collector of images. I like to imagine characters in a story, but you need a reference – a flower, a piece of art, anything that can connect you with that story. Today I found this incredible Chinese  man holding lanterns. I hope one day, opening my drawers, to bring out a story that will be an inspiration for something. 

Francesco Risso, creative director of Marni since 2016.

This quote is taken from an interview that Risso did with Joshua Levine for W magazine, v.2 2019.

The Chinese man that he refers to is an English brooch from the 1940s. The man is made of gold and the hem and cuffs of his robe are encrusted with diamonds. I can picture that charming brooch and I hope one day to spot the inspiration it brings to the Marni line.

It is said that Risso has “put his own stamp on Marni,” which was initially an upset after 20 years of designer/ owner Consuelo Castiglioni in charge. (Castiglioni sold Marni to  OTB Group in 2012.) Risso admits that he didn’t follow the codes of the house. But he has since settled in and earned widespread respect for his sense of individuality and diversity in his references.


The whimsical designs of Francesco Risso for Marni. How ironic that an outside the box kind of designer works for a large fashion conglomerate. But it’s the outsider types that the corporations are hiring  these days. Quirky sells.




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