‘Cavalli Jeans stay up!MILAN — After years of legal debate and media scrutiny, Roberto Cavalli has been fully cleared by Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation of a tax evasion indictment.

The country’s major court of last resort annulled the verdict issued by the Appeal Court in Florence last Jan. 21, which upheld a conviction of the designer on charges of fiscal evasion. In March 2006, the Florence court had found Cavalli guilty of tax evasion and sentenced him to 14 months in prison, although an Italian legal technicality exempted the designer from ever serving jail time.

“I’m very pleased,” Cavalli said in an interview.