Anna Wintour’s pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer has turned the streets of Portofino into her own maternity style runway, showcasing her growing baby bump in a series of pretty floral frocks while soaking up the sun with her husband Francesco Carrozzini.
The parents-to-be have been enjoying a romantic getaway in the seaside Italian town for the past week, clearly relishing their final few months as a family of two before their newest addition arrives.
In images taken on Monday, Bee, 33, is seen cuddling up to her husband of three years, massaging his shoulders while dining out at a local restaurant.
The mother-to-be looked relaxed and happy in a pretty floral-print dress, which featured short puff sleeves and elasticated smocking around the chest for added comfort in the hot weather.
Parents-to-be: Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer and her husband Francesco Carrozzini have been enjoying some down time in Italy before the arrival of their first child
Summer lovin’: Bee, 33, and Francesco, 38, were seen with their arms around one another while dining at a local restaurant in Portofino on Monday
Style: The mother-to-be dressed her growing baby bump in a pretty floral dress
Comfy: The dress featured sweet puff sleeves and elasticated smocking around the chest
She paired the blue-and-orange-print design with some simple sandals, and allowed her long brunette locks to hang in a straight style around her shoulders.
That silhouette seems to be a firm vacation favorite for Bee, who was seen wearing a similar style on the previous day, this time opting for a sleeveless white design that was covered in dainty blue flowers.
Once again, the TV producer left her hair down around her shoulders, however she added a pair of shades to her look – which was completed with some orange sandals.
The duo strolled along the cobbled streets of picturesque Portofino, with Bee toting a straw beach bag, while Francesco was carrying a paper shopping bag from men’s clothing store Sease, which specializes in ‘high-performance’ clothing.
Much like his wife, Francesco has also stuck with something of a capsule wardrobe during the trip, wearing patterned swim shorts and a T-shirt on almost every occasion that the couple has been pictured – although he shook things up in jeans when they were spotted out and about on Monday.
As well as enjoying several local restaurants, where Bee was seen laughing happily during their meals, the couple also spent some time out on the water – with Anna’s only daughter doing a quick costume change before they climbed on-board their boat.
Bee, who was pictured yawning while sitting aboard the vessel with her husband, opted for another blue-and-white dress for their water-based outing, this time choosing a tunic-style silhouette.
Unsurprisingly, Bee and Francesco have looked very much at home in Portofino during their vacation; the latter spent much of his childhood in the area, splitting his time between the coastal spot and the city of Milan.
Shopping: The dress silhouette has been a firm favorite for Bee throughout her vacation, with the TV producer stepping out in a similar design just a few days ago
Alternative: On this occasion, she donned a white sleeveless design with dainty blue flowers all over it
Au natural: Bee went makeup-free and left her long brunette locks in a straight style around her shoulders
Taking a break: Pregnant Bee was seen relaxing on a bench in the town at one point, shielding her eyes against the bright sun with a pair of shades
What’s next? The couple were pictured chatting, with Bee sitting alongside her straw bag and a paper shopping bag from local men’s clothing store Sease
Easy going: Bee flashed her large engagement ring while enjoying a meal with her husband earlier in the day
The couple also hosted their second wedding celebration in the town back in 2018, having already tied the knot for the first time at 71-year-old Anna’s beach house on Long Island.
For both ceremonies, Bee donned a white dress, although she chose a different design for each wedding location, wowing in a classic silhouette to say her first ‘I do’, then opting for a more summer-friendly Dolce & Gabbana alternative for her second time tying the knot.
Details of both weddings were kept very much under wraps – and Bee declined to publicize her nuptials in the pages of her mother’s magazine, as so many other high-society brides have chosen to do in the past.
It is understood that the couple implemented a strict no-social media rule at their weddings, echoing the same regulations that Anna insists upon at the Met Gala – although those restrictions have become increasingly lax over the years.
Francesco and Bee have always tried to keep their personal lives very much under and the radar in the three years since their wedding the latter has shared just a few social media snaps of her husband – including a goofy photo of him hamming it up for the camera, which she posted on his 38th birthday last September.
Neither Bee nor Francesco have yet to address their baby news publicly.
Bee, who is a TV producer and previously worked on Late Night with Seth Meyers, is said to have known Francesco, who was born in Italy and grew up splitting his time between Milan and Portofino, since they were both children.
Out and about: Bee opted for a quick dress change before joining her husband out on the water for a relaxed boat ride
Late night? The expectant mother looked a bit tired and was seen yawning as she and Francesco sat on the deck of the boat
Right at home: Francesco spent much of his childhood living in Portofino and Milan – and the couple hosted their second wedding celebration in the coastal town back in 2018
Double whammy: Bee and Francesco first tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at Anna’s beach house on Long Island
Milestone: News of the couple’s pregnancy came just as they celebrated their third wedding anniversary
When it came to planning their weddings, the couple ensured that they incorporated both of their homes into the celebrations, hosting two ceremonies – the first at Anna’s sprawling home on Long Island, and the second in a small local church in Portofino.
The couple’s baby will be Anna’s third grandchild; the Vogue editor-in-chief’s doctor son Charlie, 36, and his wife Lizzy have two children together, daughters Caroline, four, and Ella, two.
Last month, pregnant Bee came together with her family to celebrate the christening of Charlie and Lizzy’s younger child Ella, which took place at Anna’s Long Island home.
Brood: Bee’s baby will be 71-year-old Anna’s third grandchild. The mother-and-daughter are seen together in November 2018
One guest shared an Instagram snap of Bee with close friends Derek Blasberg and Nick Brown in which she is seen showing off just a hint of a bump in a printed white, orange and blue maxi dress while sitting alongside the married couple.
In April of last year, Anna opened up about how much comfort she had found in her grandchildren during the early months of the pandemic, writing in a piece for Vogue that celebrating Caroline’s third birthday over Zoom had been one of the highlights of her time in quarantine.
‘What else am I grateful for? My granddaughter, who celebrated her third birthday through a virtual party the other day,’ she wrote, while sharing an adorable photo of the youngster enjoying her birthday cake.
‘A lot of people Zoomed in and it was just a joy seeing how happy that made her.’
Bee and Charlie are Anna’s children from her marriage to first husband David Shaffer, a psychiatrist to whom she was wed for 15 years, from 1984 to 1999.
After her split from David, Anna was in a 20-year relationship with telecoms tycoon Shelby Bryan, however the couple are said to have gone their separate ways in October last year.
Celebration: Last month, Bee revealed just a hint of a bump while hosting a christening ceremony for her brother Charlie’s younger daughter Ella, two
Long-term: Bee and Francesco were first linked in 2016, however they are said to have known each other since childhood; Anna was close friends with Francesco’s late mother Franca (right)
New of Bee’s pregnancy will likely have come as a welcome source of joy for 71-year-old Anna, who has endured a rocky year, during which she has faced repeated calls for her resignation amid accusations of racism and discrimination from former employees.
In June of last year, Anna admitted to allowing ‘hurtful and intolerant’ behavior during her decades-long reign at Vogue, as well as conceding that she had not done enough to champion black staffers and designers.
Brood: During the pandemic, Anna wrote a piece in Vogue in which she opened up about how much comfort she had found in her family and grandchildren (seen with their parents Charlie and Lizzy Shaffer)
The admissions were included in a company-wide memo Anna authored to her staff amid nationwide unrest and protests calling for racial equality, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day 2020.
‘I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy towards what so many of you are going through: sadness, hurt, and anger too,’ Wintour began.
‘I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team — I can only imagine what these days have been like. But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.’
However the mea culpa memo did little to quell the controversy surrounding Anna’s decision to remain in her role – and in October, a group of 18 black journalists who have worked with her over the years accused her of favoring employees who are thin, white, and from elite backgrounds in a piece published by the New York Times.
Eleven of them called for her resignation following offensive incidents involving her use of the word ‘pickaninny’, and other cultural appropriation controversies, including outrage over a 2017 Vogue shoot that featured Karlie Kloss posing in a geisha outfit, with her face in pale makeup and her hair dyed black.