Dolce & Gabbana Are Not Crooks

As Al Capone and Wesley Snipes learned, tax evasion is a crime that the government just loves to punish people for. Luckily, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, of the eponymous mega-fashion house, will not be joining those ranks. Charged with tax fraud and looking to face 18 months in prison, the well-dressed duo have been found completely innocent by the Italian government, a decision that has the fashion world breathing audible sighs of relief.

Dolce and Gabbana have been dogged by the accusations of tax fraud as early as 2008, where they were found guilty by two lower courts before being struck down by the Italian Supreme Court. The Italian government found it suspicious for them to be funneling money into a holding company in Luxembourg, but the pair stressed their innocence throughout the investigation, an innocence that has now been fully affirmed.

The idea of Dolce and Gabbana serving jail time at first seems hilarious; an entire fashion house creating product from inside a jail cell seems the fashion equivalent of Lil Wayne’s prison time. But the reality would have been far darker, with Dolce and Gabbana admitting that if they had paid all of the intended fines set upon them then the company would have been forced to shut its doors, possibly permanently. So we would like to send a big thank you to Italy, for preserving their judicial integrity and our wardrobes.

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