Breaking Fashion News: Dolce & Gabbana Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

Holy Manolo's! Today has been a strange day in the world of fashion. First Men's Warehouse fires founder George Zimmer and now Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana have been found guilty of tax evasion and were sentenced to prison, according to WWD.


Italian judge Antonella Brambilla ruled that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will serve one year and eight months in jail for tax evasion. This is reduced from what the prosecution recommended they serve which was two and a half years. Their accountant Luciano Patelli may be sentenced to three years as he is considered the orchestrator of the evasion scheme.

The charges stem from the sale of D&G brands back in 2004 to Gado Srl, in the effort to evade Italian taxes, according to the prosecution. They were first sought after for this back in 2010 but the case was dropped due to lack of evidence. However, in 2012 they paid a $440 million fine related to the same charges.

The impact this could mean for the Italian fashion industry is the brand may miss four consecutive fashion seasons. It stands to reason to keep their brand relevant there will be a temporary head designer to take charge while Dolce & Gabbana serve out their sentences. The designers are probably hoping it will not come to that and they are expected to appeal the decision.

This has been one crazy day in fashion and it's not over yet. Here's hoping only good news for the remainder of the day!

Stay out of trouble lovelies!
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