Dolce & Gabbana Wants Anna Wintour To Kill Upcoming Story; Threatens To Pull Ads

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Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana aren’t too pleased with Vanity Fair. The publication plans on featuring an article in one of their upcoming issues about the designer’s tax woes. They’re so upset that they threatened to pull tens of millions in advertising from CondĂ© Nast and demanded Vogue‘s EIC Anna Wintour to get the story killed.

According t0 Page Six, “The designers were found guilty of tax fraud on $1 billion in earnings last year in Italy and fined $470 million, plus sentenced to 18 months in jail.”

Vanity Fair, sources tell Page Six, is currently planning a story on the duo’s legal woes and court battle. (They’re currently appealing.)

But when Dolce and Gabbana got wind of VF’s in-the-works piece, they called Vogue Editor-in Chief and CondĂ© Nast artistic director Wintour to get it killed.

The designers even threatened to pull all their advertising from CondĂ© titles, which insiders estimate to be worth $10 million to $20 million in business between D&G’s fashion and beauty campaigns.

Wintour, our source said, declined their request. Sources told us Wintour also got face time with the designers, “as a way of appeasing them without mortgaging the journalistic integrity of CondĂ© Nast over killing the piece.” A source added, “She went to save the advertising.”

We’re told D&G continues to advertise in Condé’s glossies, including GQ, Allure, Details, Vogue and CondĂ© Nast Traveler — but the brand, coincidentally, doesn’t advertise in Vanity Fair.

A rep for Vanity Fair told us: “We don’t comment on whether we are or are not working on a story.” Vogue declined to comment. A rep for Dolce & Gabbana didn’t get back to us.

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Source: Page Six

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