Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Dolce and Gabbana to meet Milan mayor after week of polemics


Milan, July 24 - Fashion designers Domenico Dolce
and Stefano Gabbana will meet Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia after
closing their stores in the city's fashion district for three
days to protest comments by a municipal trade councillor calling
them ''notorious tax evaders'', the duo said on Wednesday.
The designers said in interviews published Wednesday that
they accepted Pisapia's invite saying they were ''tired of the
controversy and excessive media exposure''.
In statements to Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica, the
pair known for their sexy, baroque style favoured by socialites
and celebrities also said they were ''fed up with being treated
like (tax) evaders''.
Last month, an Italian court sentenced the fashion
designers to one year and eight months in prison for tax evasion
in a case that dates back to 2004 when two of the company's top
brands were sold to Luxembourg holding group Gado, allegedly to
avoid paying taxes on revenues from the two labels' activities.
The pair was also sentenced to pay a fine of 400 million euros.
The designers, who have announced they will appeal,
subsequently decided to close their stores in the heart of
Milan's fashion district - via della Spiga and Corso Venezia -
after D'Alfonso said ''spaces that are a city symbol should not
be granted to famous people and VIP brands that have been
convicted of crimes that are particularly odious, like tax
evasion, at this time of financial crisis''.
On Wednesday, Dolce and Gabbana told Corriere that if
Italy's highest appeals court, the Cassation, were to uphold the
fine of 400 million euros they would be forced to close their
business: ''We would close. We would not be able to resist''.
They also said they had ''never been at war'' with the
mayor, a former attorney and promoter of civil liberties of
defendents, and would ''listen to what he has to say'' . (ANSA)

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