Lately, things aren’t looking so dolce for Dolce & Gabbana. On Wednesday, an Italian court sentenced fashion designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for tax evasion. According to reports, the designers hid almost one billion euros (1.33 billion dollars) from the government through a Luxembourg-based company called Gado (a combination of the first two letters of each of their last names).
This is not the first time the luxury design team has been subject to legal issues. In 2011, they were accused of tax fraud, also in conjunction with the company in Luxembourg. However, the judge threw out the case at a preliminary hearing, ruling that there was not enough evidence. This recent case, however, seems to be gaining more traction.
But don’t expect a new line of chic orange jumpsuits anytime soon. (Is that even the uniform in Italian prisons?) The Dolce & Gabbana designers refused to appear in court, and reportedly plan to appeal the guilty verdict. According to Reuters, “Given the complexity and length of the appeals process, they are unlikely to spend any time in jail.”
Buona fortuna, ragazzi!