As if Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce didn’t have enough invasions over the past week with their sentencing for hiding taxes, another invasion happened when an unruly spectator crashed their Spring 2014 menswear show over the weekend. After the finale and bow for the collection on Saturday, a male streaker stripped down to nothing but red sneakers and ran up and down the runway naked.
The streaker, who has only been identified by The Telegraph as a “German national,” gatecrashed the catwalk in Milan as the designers finished their bow. The tattooed male ran up and down in the buff with his hands in the air as photographers rampantly snapped photos and buyers and editors watched in utter shock.
“Full freeball. Says nothing anyone can understand and just kind of zig zags up the runway before the first security guard tries to cut him off,” GQ’s associate fashion editor Matt Sebra said. “Maneuvers a little but turns back and that’s when four guards create a perimeter to block his junk and he’s taken away. Fashion community says ‘huh.’”
Sources said the streaker was immediately removed from the runway by multiple security guards on hand. However, several NSFW videos and uncensored photos live on as the fashion world tries to be all nonchalant over the streaking incident.
Perhaps the streaker was inspired by the designers’ inspiration for the 2014 Spring menswear season, which was Greek antiquity. The Milanese venue where the show was held was decked out with images of Greek gods like Zeus, the Parthenon and lush greenery. The collection itself featured iconic imagery from Greek mythology including prints of Gods, temples and ancient coins.
While the nudity was clearly not planned, the interruption at the show certainly took the D&G legal woes off everyone’s minds for a moment. Last Wednesday, designers Gabbana and Dolce were sentenced to 20 months in prison for hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the tax authorities. The design duo told The Telegraph they were “shocked” by the charges, though the investigation began in 2008. An Italian court ruled that Dolce and Gabbana sold their company to Luxembourg-based Gado in order to circumvent declaring taxes amounting to one billion euros, or $1.34 billion.