Vanity Fair May Publish an Exposé on Dolce & Gabbana's Legal Woes

Page Six has learned that designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana threw a major fit recently after getting information that they were slated to be the subject of an upcoming Vanity Fair piece possibly detailing their legal woes. The design duo reportedly threatened to pull all  advertising from Condé Nast (which reportedly amounts to between $10 and $20 million), unless Vogue editor and editorial director of all Condé Nast publications, Anna Wintour, killed the exposé.

You may recall that the Italian designers have been involved in legal proceedings since 2010, when they were indicted on tax evasion charges, stemming from the sale of the Dolce & Gabbana brand in 2004. The design duo has since been found guilty of failing to pay upwards of $1 billion in taxes by the lower court and the court of appeals in Italy. Proceedings are still underway, as Dolce and Gabbana are appealing their latest guilty ruling. Vanity Fair, sources tell Page Six, is currently planning a story on the duo’s legal woes and court battle.

According to Page Six, "Wintour declined their request. But did fly to Capri last month, with Vogue writer Hamish Bowles and others, for D&G’s extravagant Alta Moda show on the shores of Capri for exclusive coverage […] Wintour got face time with the designers, 'as a way of appeasing them without mortgaging the journalistic integrity of Condé Nast over killing the piece.' A source added, 'She went to save the advertising.'” More to come, I am sure …