Gucci and Moschino designer Davide Renne dies aged 46

By Sterling Brown 2 Min Read

Italian fashion designer Davide Renne has died nine days after becoming the creative director of Moschino, aged 46.

Fashion designer Davide Renne, who recently took on the role of creative director at Moschino, has sadly passed away at the age of 46, just nine days into his new position. The cause of his Yh death is unknown, but Moschino’s parent company Aeffe mentioned a “sudden illness,” stating that he died in Milan last Friday.

Renne, formerly the head of women’s wear at Gucci for nearly two decades, earned admiration and respect during his short time with Moschino. Aeffe’s chairman, Massimo Ferretti, expressed the deep pain felt by the company and the responsibility of carrying forward Renne’s creative vision.

Born in Follonica, Tuscany, in July 1977, Renne pursued studies at the University of Florence and Polimoda fashion school. He commenced his career under the guidance of Italian fashion designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua before joining Gucci in 2004.

Renne’s appointment as Moschino’s creative director was announced in October, with plans to unveil his first collection at Milan Fashion Week in February. In expressing his approach to fashion, Renne emphasized the importance of playfulness, joy, and experimentation, echoing the spirit of Franco Moschino’s design studio.

The news of Renne’s untimely death has elicited condolences from various fashion industry figures on social media. Harris Reed, creative director of Nina Ricci, referred to Renne as “a true angel,” and model-singer Karen Elson expressed her sorrow, saying, “My heart breaks. Sweet Davide rest in peace.” Renne’s mentor, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, bid farewell on Instagram, stating, “You will always be in my heart.”

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