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Dolce & Gabbana Appealing Tax Evasion Conviction

The designers plan to plead their case at Italy’s supreme court after their guilty verdict was upheld and they were sentenced to 18 months in jail at the appeal for their ongoing tax evasion case on Wednesday (30.04.14).Dolce & Gabbana

The duo are accused of hiding millions of euros from Italian tax authorities by using Luxembourg-based holding company Gado to avoid paying taxes on around €1 billion (£820 million) of royalties.

Massimo Dinoia, the lawyer representing Dolce and Gabbana, said: “I am speechless and astounded, this sentence is inexplicable. After all, the general prosecutor already realised that there was really nothing to the case. We will surely present our appeal to the Corte di Cassazione. This is an unfair verdict and we are sure the Cassazione will reform it.”

The designers and their accountant, Luciano Patelli, were previously sentenced to 20 months each and fined up to €10 million in a verdict issued last June, but the initial sentence was reduced by two months yesterday.

An investigation was launched in 2008 when Italian tax authorities were keen to catch people evading tax when the recession hit. Fashion houses were scrutinised as they performed well during this period, despite many other companies struggling. A partner at Grant Thornton in Milan told The Guardian newspaper: “Luxury is one of the few sectors to have done well in recent years.

“It is easier to go and ask for money where there is money as opposed to going to a troubled sector.” However, according to Italian law, the defendants won’t have to serve jail time as their sentences are below the two year minimum.

Source: Designerzcentral

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Burberry beauty in Shanghai

Cara_Delevingne_has_her_make_up_applied_backstageBurberryCara Delevingne flew across the catwalk to help launch Burberry in Shanghai last week and we’ve already taken a look at the event, and drooled over Paloma Faith’s stylish look, now we move onto the beauty.Suki_Waterhouse_backstage_at_Burberry beauty artistic consultant Wendy Rowe created the beauty look that was inspired by the Bloomsbury girl, referencing the free-spirited, hand-painted mood of the ready-to-wear collection that was shown in Shanghai, but first introduced at the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 show in London.

The look is natural and fuss free to ensure that beauty shines through and focus is kept on the stunning designs of the clothing. It’s a look we’ll be trialling all summer with a care free attitude and now you can get the look too.

Eyes are painted with a wash of damson and aubergine to reflect the artist’s brush stroked. Rose pink is blended softly underneath the eye to emphasizes the natural depth and lashes are left bare, with naturally groomed brows.

Skin has a satin matte finish with a hint of freshness and lips are pink with soft definition. To complete the Bloomsbury Girls look nails are painted in a deep shade of elderberry.

Source: Designerzcentral