Brambilla scheduled the first three dates of the hearings in the new year, on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20.
Witnesses from the Guardia di Finanza, an Italian police force under the authority of the national minister of economy and finance, and the Agenzia Delle Entrate, the country’s revenue service, will be asked to testify during those first three hearings.
The request to overrule all the judicial documents and procedures against the designers, who are charged with omitted and unfaithful earnings declarations, was made during the first hearing of the trial, in a Milan courthouse on Dec. 3.
After the hearing Friday, the designers’ lawyer Massimo Dinoia was unfazed by the judge’s decision to overrule the objections he had laid out, and said he was “calm” about the final outcome of the trial. He once again said the tax authorities made an abstract and hypothetical calculation of the sum related to the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company Gado Srl.
“There is no foundation to the case,” said Dinoia.
Prosecutor Gaetano Ruta has lined up 15 witnesses to testify in the trial. The designers and the other defendants could also be questioned during the trial, but they are not obliged to and can delegate their lawyers. None of the defendants attended either hearing.
Three high-profile fiscal consultants have been tapped to provide evidence in the defendants’ case, according to sources.
The designers were originally absolved of the claims by a lower court in April 2011, but the Italian Supreme Court in November overturned that decision, saying that tax avoidance, or tax mitigation, on an earnings declaration is a criminal offense under the law.
Following investigations that began in 2008, initiated by the Guardia di Finanza, both designers were charged with alleged tax evasion totaling 416 million euros, or $540 million at current exchange, related to the sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to Gado Srl. The Italian tax police reportedly consider Gado essentially a legal entity used to avoid higher corporate taxes in Italy.
A separate criminal probe into supposed tax irregularities at the Dolce & Gabbana Group was part of the case dismissed in April. Those accusations address unpaid taxes of 200 million euros, or $258.7 million.
In April 2011, deeming there was no foundation for a trial, judge Simone Luerti dismissed the charges against Dolce and Gabbana and five other defendants, including Dolce’s brother and board member, Alfonso Dolce, and managing director and board member Cristiana Ruella. That ruling was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court in November.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion