Davide Renne, the newly appointed Creative director of the iconic Moschino brand, has died unexpectedly at the age of 46. Renne’s death comes as a profound shock, not only to those within the Moschino family, but to the entire fashion community.
Appointed as Moschino’s new Creative director, succeeding Jeremy Scott, who left the brand last March after a 10-year tenure, Renne brought a wealth of experience and an enviable track record. His career, which spans more than two decades, has been marked by significant achievements, most notably his 20-year tenure at Gucci under the guidance of Alessandro Michele and Frida Giannini. At Gucci, Renne took the helm as head of womenswear design.
The Turkish-born designer’s move to Moschino on November 1st was met with excitement and high expectations. He was set to present his first collection for the brand for Fall/Winter 2024 at the upcoming Milan Fashion Week. At Moschino, Renne was to oversee women’s, men’s and accessories collections. His vision for Moschino was to not only maintain its high-fashion status, but to infuse it with a fresh, playful energy that honors the legacy of Franco Moschino’s original ethos.
“Franco Moschino had a nickname for his design studio: la sala giochi – the playroom. This resonates deeply with me: what fashion – Italian fashion especially, and the house of Moschino most of all – can achieve with its enormous power should be accomplished with a sense of play, of joy. A sense of discovery and experimentation,” said Renne at the time of his appointment.
Massimo Ferretti, chairman of Moschino‘s parent company Aeffe SpA, expressed his deep sadness: “There are no words to describe the pain we are experiencing at this dramatic time. Davide joined us only a few days ago, and a sudden illness took him from us too soon. We still can’t believe what happened.”
“With Davide, we were working on an ambitious project, in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and optimism for the future. Even though he was only with us for a very short time, Davide was able to immediately make himself loved and respected. Today we are left with the responsibility of carrying on what his imagination and creativity had only envisioned. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends,” he continued.
Born in Follonica, Tuscany, Davide Renne’s academic journey took him through the University of Florence and Polimoda in the late 1990s. His career in fashion began under the tutelage of Alessandro Dell’Acqua, whom Renne describes as his “first teacher and mentor in fashion.” He then joined Gucci in 2004.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua paid tribute to Renne on Instagram on Friday, sharing a heartfelt message that read, “You will always be in my heart.”
Renne’s philosophy of fashion was as unique as his designs. He believed in fashion as a medium for joy, discovery and experimentation. He once said, “Fashion, like life, is about discovering ourselves. I dislike fashion that dictates answers – I’m more inclined to find the right question, then the answers come in the designer’s dialogue with our audience: fashion is inherently bespoke.”
No announcement has been made regarding Davide Renne’s successor.