From NY Post Page Six:
Italian model and actress Eleonora Pieroni — the girlfriend of luxury suit designer Domenico Vacca — has been arrested for stealing a $400 hat from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Pieroni, who’s more accustomed to strutting red carpets with her sharp-suited paramour, catwalked into court in Manhattan on Thursday, along with Vacca, who creates suits for the likes of Jeremy Piven, Glenn Close and Denzel Washington. He also designs Terrence Howard’s wardrobe for the Fox hit “Empire.”
Pieroni, a finalist in the Miss Italy competition in 2010, is accused of stealing a designer hat from the posh department store on Dec. 22. She was arraigned Thursday when she was offered three days of community service the completion of a shoplifter’s program, which was rejected by her lawyer. She’s due back in court on March 14.
Pieroni argues that she simply took the hat by mistake. Her fittingly well-dressed attorney Brad Gerstman told us, “It was a complete misunderstanding. She was texting and distracted in the store when the accident of her walking out without paying happened. Without paying proper attention she put the hat in her bag.”
Gerstman continued, “The store got their goods back, there was no harm, and we hope to have this resolved as soon as possible. We have a new court date and we expect to be able to talk to the district attorney on this matter and have them understand the situation.”
Attractive brunette Pieroni was in court after appearing at a series of red-carpet Oscar events in Los Angeles last week. She and Vacca attended the “Night of 100 Stars” at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday. They also earlier attended the opening of “Hughie” on Broadway.
An Italian citizen, she faces being barred from the US just as her fashionista boyfriend is set to open a newly redesigned building directly across from the five-star Peninsula Hotel in May.
The Branson at Fifth will contain his flagship store, a members-only club, rooftop lounge, hair salon and residential units. Perhaps Vacca should add a hat store.
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