Will Dolce & Gabbana New Collection Be Designed Behind the Bars?
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, two famous fashion designers, almost got imprisoned. The Italian fashion duo was sentenced to a year and eight months in prison for tax evasion in 2004, when their Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands were sold to a Luxemboug-based holding company Gado Srl. Italian authorities believe that sale was a means of evading Italy’s high taxes. Company board member Cristiana Ruella and the designers’ accountant, Luciano Patelli,have also been given custodial sentences. However, none of them appeared at the hearing, and more than that, seems like they are not going to admit avoiding a 400-million-euro tax.
Dolce&Gabbana’s lawyer Massimo Dinoia
The formal statement that the brand’s lawyers have released stresses the paradox of the charges. The two designers were accused of not having paid taxes that exceeded what they had actually earned. The lawyers were satisfied with the court decision to acquit Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on that matter. According to Massimo Dinoia, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s lawyer, the defence team truly believes in the designers’ innocence and is going to appeal.
Both fashion maestros keep posting statements on their Twitter accounts denying all the charges. Stefano Gabbana called the Italian authorities “thieves” and shared his intention to leave the country. It is hard to say who is right now. All we have to do is just to cross our fingers in a hope not to see Dolce&Gabbana’s Prisioner Collection.