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Dolce & Gabbana Sentenced To 18 Months In Jail

After years battling Italy’s Tax Commission for evading taxes, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana, as well as their accountant, Luciano Patellito, have been found guilty by an Italian appeals court.

The three have been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

According to the Wall Street Journal, their lawyer Massimo Dinoia didn’t see it coming: “I am speechless. We are all shocked. The judgment is inexplicable and we will appeal.”

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It was reported last year that the trio were fighting a lawsuit accusing them of withholding $540 million in taxes after the 2004 sale of Dolce & Gabbana to Luxembourg holding company Gado Srol. At the time, they were facing up to 20 months in jail, not to mention a fine of $454 million plus interest.

Despite holding public stunts like closing their Milan stores in protest and appealing to the city’s current mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, the defendants were unable to change their favor.

Two months were knocked off the maximum time, but it’s still a damning sentence that’ll undoubtedly impact the business.

However, the duo will most likely not have to serve any time since their sentence is under the two-year benchmark requiring actual jail time be served under Italian law.

But, whether they’ll work behind bars, under house arrest, or hire an interim designer to take the reins (we’d love to see what Olivier Theyskens could do with the brand), expect to see a swift downgrade in opulence with spring ’15.

But, hey, if that means a pause on that whole “colonial chic” trend they were on, this all might not be a bad thing.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Comes To London

The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition is coming to London – and you can buy a ticket from 10am tomorrow morning.

After countless spurious rumours that it would, and even a campaign to ensure it did, the V&A announced tonight that it will host the exhibition from March 14 to July 19 2015.

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The collection, which covers the spectrum of McQueen’s career from his 1992 MA graduate show to his unfinished autumn/winter 2010 collection, was originally displayed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 4 to August 7 2011.

Its run time was extended by a week due to popular demand and it became the eighth most popular in the Met’s 141-year history – behind Treasures of Tutankhamun (1978), Mona Lisa (1963), and Picasso (2010) – boasting a total of 661,509 visitors.

“I am thrilled to announce that the V&A will bring this wonderful exhibition to London to celebrate the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times,” Martin Roth, director of the V&A, said tonight. “Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here – by staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.”

“Savage Beauty is a story telling of the most imaginative and talented designer of our time,” added Jonathan Akeroyd, chief executive officer of Alexander McQueen. “We are incredibly proud as a house to be able to showcase Lee’s visionary body of work in London as a celebration of his legacy and an inspiration to a future generation.”

Curated by the V&A’s senior curator of fashion Claire Wilcox, the London exhibition will be based on the original Met version, with Andrew Bolton – who worked on the New York exhibition – acting as consultant curator. Supported by American Express and put on in partnership with Swarovski, it will cost £16 to visit, with concessions available and V&A members going free. Visit Vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty or call 020 7420 9736 to book.

Alexander Wang for H&M is happening

H&M will team up with Balenciaga designer Alexander Wang for its next design collaboration.

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Put November 6 in your diaries, because that’s the day that Alexander Wang’s designer collaboration with H&M lands in stores.

The announcement came at midnight, shortly before a party co-hosted by the two brands at American music festival, Coachella, via a video on Wang’s Instagram account. The message read simply ‘Alexander Wang X H&M’.

Set to be another lightening sell-out, H&M says the range will go “beyond fashion” with Wang proposing “a new take on the lifestyle product offering”.

Expect accessories and objéts akin to those sold under his eponymous label (these include headphones, yoga mats, keyrings, vases and a dice set) alongside the slick and utilitarian womens and menswear, bags and shoes that have made Wang one of the most successful and desired designers of our time.

“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations,” Wang says in a statement released by H&M this morning. “The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online.

Maison Lejaby Celebrates 130th Anniversary With Lingerie Pop-Up Shops

Maison Lejaby is bringing its Parisian style to London.

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As a celebration of its 130th anniversary, the French lingerie brand has set up a series of pop-up shops in Rigby & Peller stores around London.

The exhibitions showcase the evolution of lingerie over the past 130 years.

The Maison Lejaby collection is available for purchase within the shops from now until 13 April – and customers can also enjoy style and fitting evenings, with in-store advice from their lingerie experts.

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Sounds like a brilliant excuse for a lingerie makeover…

Oscars 2014 fashion: Best and worst dressed, from Jennifer Lawrence to Angelina Jolie

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These days, the fashion on the Oscars red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre generates as many headlines as who wins those little gold guys inside.

But, put a foot wrong on this red carpet and the pictures will haunt an actor for the rest of their career.

Which explains why many are reluctant to take any risks with their look. Jennifer Lawrence opts out of the dress race completely by always wearing the same designer, while Tom Ford calls it ‘a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes’.

Hopes for some maverick style choices from the class of 2014 were therefore not overly high. However, some did try to burst Tom’s bubble – thank God for Lupita Nyong’o.

Here’s our top 3 best and worst dressed picks on a night when the dresses – and tuxedos – were pale and occasionally interesting.

Best dressed

1. Lupita Nyong’o

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Newcomer Lupita has definitely won red carpet season and signed off with a beautiful plunging Nairobi inspired powder blue Prada gown, complete with a simple crystal hairband. Sounds twee on paper but stunning and fresh in the flesh.

2. Jennifer Lawrence

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She kept us waiting but Jennifer provided the perfect scarlet sign-off to this year’s red carpet in a fitted strapless red Dior gown with peplum detail and another backwards necklace. And obviously not wanting to break with tradition, she also took an early tumble on her way up the carpet. Red hot from J. Law.

3. Naomi Watts

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Naomi kept it simple in white Calvin Klein Collection ice beaded cap sleeve dress with a spider’s web Bulgari necklace. Her look was refreshing on a night when many went for the Disney princess look.

Worst dressed

1. Kristin Bell

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Kristen’s Roberto Cavalli dress summed up everything we find dull about Oscars fashion at the moment. In insipid lilac and looking like something you’d wear to your prom – or your wedding – it was too sickly sweet. And we’re not sure about the two lifeless strands of hair hanging down either to be honest.

2. Charlize Theron

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Charlize definitely lost out to Jennifer in the Dior wars. The shape of this gown is gorgeous but those thick ‘invisible’ straps holding it up ruin the whole look. Perhaps we should just zoom out so we can’t see them.

3. Amy Adams

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There may well be many who disagree but this tuxedo inspired navy Gucci gown just felt a little underwhelming. It’s sleek and a great colour but this is more dinner at the White House than Oscars red carpet.

Woolmark’s Winner

Rahul Mishra has been named the winner of the International Woolmark Prize, announced in Milan this afternoon. The judging panel included Alexa Chung, Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani, Vogue China’s Angelica Cheung, Colin McDowell and Gucci’s Frida Giannini.

“For me, Rahul has won because of his ability to apply his knowledge of embroideries through wool, one of the most versatile fibres, with originality in an unexpected way,” said Giannini.

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A finalist from India and the Middle East, Mishra has scooped a prize of $92,210 (approximately £55,420) and will see the collection he designed for the competition sold globally in stores including Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como, Joyce and David Jones.

“I feel like this is a dream and it gives me new hope for my future career. This award will change the perception of global fashion in regards to Indian fashion and this is all because of wool – an amazing fibre, the fibre of possibilities,” said Mishra, who presented a collection based on craftsmanship and embroidery.

Last year’s winner was Christian Wijnants, while Sibling won the European Woolmark Prize back in June.