Carolina Castiglioni, daughter of the founder of Italian fashion house Marni, is a creative force, looking after special projects for the Milan-based company. Her own style is modern, original and inventive, much like Marni itself. Fall in love as you step inside a Marni family home…
Style may course through the veins of this Milan-based executive (her mother, Consuelo, is the designer of Marni), but Carolina Castiglioni is no fussy fashionista. “I don’t like to follow the runway look,” she says. “I prefer to personalise it and make it my own.”
Castiglioni, Marni’s director of special projects, applies the same individualistic aesthetic to the airy house she shares with her partner, Federico Ferrari, and their son, Filippo. A former ceramics factory in the Corso Magenta area, the whitewashed space serves as a neutral backdrop for the couple’s collection of mid-century furniture and objects. “When we renovated, our idea was to create a modern, clean environment for our favourite pieces.” And, of course, generous storage space for her extensive wardrobe, which contains mostly Marni (surprise!), with some Comme des Garçons and Vionnet thrown in for good measure.
Marni is 20 years old this year. Unstructured silhouettes and fearlessly expressive prints are the foundation of each collection. The woman who wears Marni likes strong colour and is unafraid of clashing prints. The look is one that, while bold and unshrinking, manages to look subtle and modern. Carolina says her mother strongly believes in ageless fashion and creates designs that can be worn by mother and daughter and passed from mother to daughter too. “Consuelo always experiments with proportions, colour, prints and materials to create unexpected balance,” says Carolina, whose job is also to reflect Marni’s fashion aesthetic in a range of other projects, from film to furniture, often with a philanthropic element.
For instance, Animal House is a project Carolina has created for Salone del Mobile, the international furniture fair, in Milan in April. It features brightly coloured metal and PVC giraffes, ostriches, rabbits, ducks, donkeys and flamingos, along with chairs and tables, all handmade by a group of Colombian women.The proceeds from the sale of Animal House products will be donated to children’s charities. “Design, experimentation and creativity, with attention to detail,” says Carolina of the company’s values. She could be talking about her approach to her own delightful home.
Photographs by Emma Hardy
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