Italian fashion designer Davide Renne has died at the age of 46, just nine days after being named the creative director of Moschino.
The cause of death is undisclosed, but Moschino’s parent company Aeffe referred to “a sudden illness,” stating that he passed away in Milan yesterday (10).
Previously the head of women’s wear at Gucci for almost 20 years, Renne’s appointment as Moschino’s creative director was announced in October. He was scheduled to debut his first collection for Moschino at Milan Fashion Week in February.
Aeffe’s chairman, Massimo Ferretti, expressed deep sorrow, acknowledging Renne’s immediate impact on the team and the responsibility of continuing his creative vision.
Born in Follonica, Tuscany, in July 1977, Renne studied at the University of Florence and Polimoda fashion school. His career included working with Italian fashion designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua before joining Gucci in 2004.
The news of Renne’s passing has elicited condolences from influential figures in the fashion industry, including Harris Reed and Karen Elson, who expressed their grief on social media. Renne’s mentor, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, bid farewell on Instagram, stating that Renne would always be in his heart.