Anna Wintour’s pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer and her husband Francesco Carrozzini are soaking up their final months as a family of two by enjoying a romantic Italian vacation in the same spot where they tied the knot three years ago.
The 33-year-old mother-to-be put her growing baby bump on full display while strolling around the seaside town of Portofino with her husband, 38, earlier this week, looking every inch the fashion heiress in a pretty white maxi dress and black bikini.
She paired the beach-appropriate ensemble with a straw tote bag and tortoiseshell shades and a pair of orange leather sandals, which she removed and carried with her as the couple climbed aboard a boat to enjoy some time on the water.
Bee and Francesco, who tied the knot in two July 2018 wedding ceremonies – one at her mother’s sprawling Long Island home and the second in his hometown of Portofino – were also seen strolling through the cobbled streets of the sunny Italian location, before getting onto a Vespa together and riding off into the distance.
Blooming: Anna Wintour’s pregnant daughter Bee Shaffer has revealed her growing baby bump while enjoying a romantic getaway with her husband Francesco Carrozzini in Italy
Fun in the sun: The 33-year-old was pictured in Portofino with her husband, 38, earlier this week, looking beach-ready in a pretty white maxi dress, which she wore over a black bikini
Tender: Bee and Francesco were seen chatting together – while the mother-to-be rested a hand on her bump, flashing her wedding ring in the process
Style star: The TV producer accessorized her look with a pair of tortoiseshell shades and a straw tote bag, and she wore her long brunette hair in a straight, natural style
While walking along the waterfront, the couple had their arms around one another, with Bee pausing for a moment to check something on her iPhone.
At several points during their outing, Bee was also seen resting a hand on her baby bump, while her long brunette hair hung in a natural straight style over her shoulders.
Brood: Bee’s baby will be 71-year-old Anna’s third grandchild. The mother-and-daughter are seen together in November 2018
She held onto her bag with a tight grip as she and Francesco climbed aboard their rental boat, with some help from the staff from a local leasing company.
Both Bee and Francesco held their shoes in their hands – with the latter leading the way, before turning back to help his wife.
While on-board the boat, the mom-to-be took some time to put her feet off, and she kicked back on a cushioned seat to enjoy her book: Empire of Pain.
The hefty tome explores the ‘secret history of the Sackler dynasty’, detailing the family’s involvement in the pharmaceutical industry, and their role in America’s opioid crisis.
The couple were spotted again on Friday, when they were pictured walking through the town together, this time with Bee wearing a pretty blue floral dress that fell to just above her knees.
She kept things relatively casual, adding the same tortoiseshell sunglasses to her look that she had worn earlier in the week, although on this occasion she replaced her straw tote with a leather handbag.
Her husband meanwhile opted for a pair of printed swim shots – the same design that he chose for the couple’s boat outing a few days prior – which he wore with a white T-shirt and green Superga sneakers with a tan sole.
He opted to go without sunglasses, but did wear a face mask, which he had pulled down around his chin as their pair strolled past a local restaurant.
Unsurprisingly, Bee and Francesco looked very much at home in Portofino – which is where they threw their second wedding celebration back in 2018, having already tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at 71-year-old Anna’s beach house.
Romantic: The couple were pictured strolling along the cobbled streets of the seaside town – which is where they hosted their second wedding celebration in July 2018
Home away from home: Francesco spent his childhood splitting his time between Portofino and Milan, and unsurprisingly looked very much at home in the coastal town
Ahoy! At one point the couple walked along the waterfront, before climbing aboard a boat
Plenty to celebrate! The couple marked their third wedding anniversary on July 7, when Bee shared a sweet throwback photo of them dancing together after their first ceremony
The couple’s first wedding was held on July 7 and they are understood to have flown to Italy from New York on the following day on an overnight flight, arriving in Portofino on July 9.
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.
Helping hand: They boarded a small boat that was crewed by several men
All aboard! Both Bee and Francesco removed their shoes before stepping onboard
Ready to relax: Bee carried a book in her straw tote, which she clung onto as she stepped onto the deck of the vessel
Heavy going: Once onboard the boat, Bee pulled out her copy of Empire of Pain, which details the ‘dark history of the Sackler dynasty’ and the family’s role in the opioid crisis
The new arrival will be the first child for the pair, however it will be Vogue editor-in-chief Anna’s third grandchild; her son Charlie has two daughters, Caroline, four, and Ella, two, with his wife Lizzy.
Their happy baby news came just one day after the couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary, with Bee, marking the marriage milestone with a touching Instagram post on Wednesday, which featured a sweet snap of her and Francesco dancing at their wedding.
The duo were first rumored to be dating in October 2016, when they attended a screening of filmmaker Francesco’s documentary about his mother together.
Francesco’s mother had been a close friend of Anna, with the pair both taking up the helm of their respective magazines back in 1988.
Following Franca’s death from lung cancer in 2016, Anna was among the guests from the fashion world who turned out to pay their respects to the Vogue Italia editor.
Chit chat: They paused to converse with a staff member from the local boat rental comany
Home bound: After their boat journey, the couple were seen climbing onto a Vespa
Vroom vroom: Francesco drove the scooter, while his wife held on behind him
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.
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.
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.
Feeling blue: On Friday, Bee and Francesco were spotted again, this time strolling past local stores and restaurants
Summer lovin’: TV producer Bee donned an airy blue floral dress for their end-of-week outing, pairing the look with the same tortoiseshell sunglasses that she was seen wearing earlier in the week
Matchy matchy: Francesco complemented his wife’s floral frock with a pair of plant-print swim shorts, which he wore with a white T-shirt and a pair of green Superga sneakers
‘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.
New of Bee’s pregnancy will likely 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.
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)
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.
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)
‘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.