Dolce & Gabbana Will Serve Eighteen Months in Jail for Tax Evasion After Their Appeal Was Denied

04/30/2014 at 01:16 PM ET

Dolce & Gabbana jailLarry Busacca/Getty

Get ready to do the jailhouse frock!

A Milan appeals court has upheld a tax fraud conviction against A-list designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, despite the prosecutor’s request to drop the case. However, the court did shave two months off the original suspended sentence, to a year and six months.

Defense layer Massimo Dinoia was critical of the court’s decision to ignore the request to dismiss and pledged to appeal to Italy’s highest court.

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The designers, mainstays of Milan fashion, were convicted of failing to declare 200 million euros ($268 million) through a Luxembourg company. The prosecutor, in calling for dismissal, called the company “a legal operation.”

Dolce and Gabbana have denied tax evasion — and even shut down their Milan stores for three days last summer “in indignation” over a city official’s remarks about their conviction.

The design duo has dozens of high-profile celebrity fans (including Selena Gomez, Julia Roberts, and Madonna). Last year, they accompanied Katy Perry to the Met Gala (pictured), though it seems unlikely they’ll make an appearance at the ball on Monday.

–Associated Press

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Chase Martin on

If they are guilty then they should do the time. I am tied of the rich and connected getting special treatment.

ERIKA on

Closet full of vintage D&G haute couture and not a thing to wear to the big boy’s house…oh my what will I do? While inside maybe they can Skype into their next runway show.

Guest on

If they are guilty than they deserve to sit in jail. However, one has to wonder why if they make so much $$ hand over fist that they would risk their reputations?That amount should be a drop in the bucket for them. They are innocent until proven guilty, but why ruin ones name in the fashion field?

Amy on

I don’t get the point of jailing someone for tax evasion. Can’t they just pay the government the money they owe them?

bsquared41 on

Agreed, Amy. That’s always made me wonder. Pay what’s owed, and call it a day.

I’m not familiar with Italy’s jail system, but I’d guess they likely won’t serve the full term anyway, so what’s the point?

rlb237 on

Guest, their names are far from “ruined” in the fashion field. They’ll be just fine.

Lakeside on

Doesn’t a suspended sentence mean that they are free but have to mind their Ps & Qs and stay out of trouble? I also agree with the others who say that they should just pay what is owed but maybe with the addition of a steep fine so as to not do it again? However, with the Prosecutor calling for dismissal, does it seem that maybe someone is trying to make an example of someone? Or could it just be that the Judge doesn’t like their designs?

Jade on

How are they serving time if it’s a suspended sentence? That means no jail time as long a they stay out of trouble. If they get in trouble during the probation period, THEN they go for the 18 months. Totally infactual headline.

Marcie on

What losers! Pay your damn taxes. They should do the time

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