World-famous designer Davide Renne has tragically died aged 46.
Renne worked at Gucci for almost 20 years before joining Moschino as US designer Jeremy Scott’s successor.
It comes just nine days after his appointment as creative director of the Italian luxury fashion house.
The devastating news was confirmed in a statement on Instagram.
Renne had recently shared his excitement at being hired for his ‘dream role’ at Moschino.
He was the fashion house’s fourth-ever lead designer after Scott, Rossella Jardini and founder Franco Moschino.
Renne was working on his debut collection for the brand that was due to be shown at Milan Fashion Week in February.
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At the time of his appointment, he said: “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.”
The tragic news of the 46-year-old’s death was confirmed in a statement by Moschino’s parent company Aeffe.
Aeffe’s chairman Massimo Ferretti wrote on Instagram: “It is with deep sorrow and great sadness Moschino announces that Davide Renne passed away on November 10, 2023, in Milan.
“Davide took on the role of creative director at Moschino just a few days ago, on November 1, 2023.
“There are no words to describe the pain we are experiencing at this dramatic time.
“Davide joined us only a few days ago when 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.”
Although Renne’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed, it’s believed he died of a heart attack, according to The New York Times.
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Many influential figures in the fashion industry have taken to social media to pay their respects, with many leaving comments on Renne’s Instagram posts.
Harris Reed, creative director of Nina Ricci, describes Renne as ‘a true true angel’.
Singer and model Karen Elson writes: “My heart breaks. Sweet Davide rest in peace.”
Renne’s mentor, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, adds: “Farewell Davide! You will always be in my heart.”
Fans of the designer also rushed to pay tribute.
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One writes: “It hurts, so young, good and talented… May his soul RIP and God bring peace and solace to his family and friends.”
“My thoughts go out to his family, friends, loved ones, everyone who loved him,” another writes.
“My heart goes out to you in this time of deep sorrow and such brutal loss. My deepest condolences.”
Another person says: “Davide. We were all so excited about your new appointment as Moschino’s creative director. The role was just perfect for you.
“We all couldn’t wait to admire your first collection. Unfortunately, the wonder you would have given us will always remain a dream in our minds.”
Rest in peace, Davide Renne.