Prison, fragrance and a music shop.

Prison, fragrance and music, today’s Fashion Round Up has all the components of a sordid love affair fit for the big screen-if you nitpick the themes and let your mind run a few miles. The reality is one of fashion’s favourite partnerships facing imprisonment, and the introduction of two new pairings.


On Wednesday it was announced that designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana-behind the famous Italian label Dolce & Gabbana-have each been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison for tax evasion.

The ruling comes six years after an investigation was launched by Italian authorities into tax avoidance, and two years after the pair were cleared following a similar trial in April 2011.

Both Dolce and Gabbana have protested their innocence, and the brand’s Spring Summer 14 menswear show is to go ahead tomorrow as planned. You can watch it live here.


Following Monday’s impressive menswear show, on the 19th Alexander McQueen divulged the news that the house had signed a deal with cosmetics company Procter & Gamble; a new fragrance is in the works.

The debut scent with P&G marks the label’s first fragrance since Kingdom and My Queen (released in 2003 and 2005 respectively), which were both out of production by 2008.

We’re smelling honey and seeing a bee shaped bottle, but that’s ever so SS13 and sure to be dated by the scent’s release.


And finally something happening here and now, as Paul Smith gives over his Floral Street store to The Music Exchange, bringing Nottingham to Covent Garden for a 48 hour pop-up.

In the back of the shop sits a DJ booth (complete with encased Game Boys) and a selection of Paul’s favourite records, Bowie and Bugg amongst them.

The pop-up shuts up shop tomorrow evening, but the collaboration will continue with the opening of a new Paul Smith branch on Beak Street, Soho. Each month the designer will pick a different theme and 10-15 records to be played in store and available to buy. A win win situation for those who like to listen to their tunes while suited and booted.

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