Marni founder Consuelo Castiglioni announced this morning that she would be stepping down as creative director of the brand, with Francesco Risso taking her place, the Business of Fashion reports.

“These were hectic and exciting years which absorbed all my energies to create a project I am proud of,” Castiglioni said in a statement. “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The designer – who says she will now focus on her private life – has been replaced by Central Saint Martins graduate, Francesco Risso, who most recently worked for Miuccia Prada on her womenswear line.

“The world pays tribute to the original vision of Consuelo, and to a unique brand which we are proud to have in our group,” Renzo Rosso, president of Only The Brave said today. “I wish her the very best.”

Rosso went on to say: “I am happy to welcome Francesco, whose talent will contribute to writing a new chapter in the history of this house which is Italian at heart and global in spirit. I am confident that the creative team and the management of Marni, which have contributed to this success, will continue to make this brand reach exciting new goals.”

Risso’s first collection for Marni will show in February for autumn/winter 2017.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US