rcavallisundaytimeslecture.jpgAfter six years under scrutiny, Roberto Cavalli has officially been cleared of tax evasion.

The designer had charges against him dropped after the Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation squashed the conviction of tax fraud.

In March 2006, Cavalli was found guilty and sentenced to 14 months in prison, although a legal loophole meant that he never had to serve time.

"I'm very pleased," Cavalli said afterwards. "As anyone who has lived in Italy long enough knows, it sadly happens often that people in the limelight are attacked for personal reasons and falsely accused and things are only checked at a later date."