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The article also reported that investigators were seeking more than 20 million euros, or $30.4 million, in unpaid monies from Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, related to its Holland-based holding company. However, Ferragamo issued a statement Thursday evening saying it had been cleared of the charges on appeal in January and reserved the right to legal action against L'Espresso for misrepresentation of the facts. Ferragamo said it had proven on appeal that its holding company, Ferragamo International B.V., was a fully consolidated part of the group, and not, as fiscal authorities had alleged, little more than a legal entity, which the fashion house used to avoid paying higher corporate taxes in Italy. — Andrew Roberts
HEELS 'R' US: So what's really standing between Victoria Beckham and a daily workout at the gym? Laziness? Fear of bulking up? Verrucas? Actually, it's footwear. She tells British Vogue in the upcoming April issue that she's joined a gym, but can't bear to go. "I would never put my health at risk. Obviously, working out is important. Well, I don't. What do you wear on the running machine? I can't bring myself to wear flat shoes," says Beckham.
British Vogue editor in chief Alexandra Shulman, who conducted the interview, notes Beckham is "fully aware she's parodying herself — her common default position when questioned."
Speaking of shoes, Beckham also reveals a top tip for gals who have to have a certain pair of shoes — even if they're too big. "If they don't have my size, I just stick toilet paper in — if that's what it takes to get a nice shoe." The issue goes on sale Monday. — Samantha Conti