MILAN - Like all good Italian men, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana dote on their mammas and it showed at their catwalk show in Milan on Sunday which starred mums with babies and even pregnant models.
First up was Italian actress-model Bianca Balti, res- plendent in a pink pregnancy dress and her bump proudly leading the way, followed by models in pink and black creations with red roses and carrying babies in their arms.
"Ti voglio bene" (I love you in Italian) was scrawled in black across creations edged in lace, while "mamma" or "I love you mamma" in English was written round the neck of other rose-strewn numbers.
Even the show's invitation featured a drawing of some affectionate young thing beaming at its mummy.
Some of the creations were reminiscent of Angelina Jolie's wedding dress, with childish drawings scribbled all over them.
Stick figures with sticking-out hair and waving arms adorned one bell-skirted, sleeveless dress in white, while another sported the sort of house-and-trees picture everyone remembers drawing in the days before school got serious.
While the love vibe dominated, the collection was given an edge by some serious jewel-encrusted headphones in red and gold for the hip mummy look - some of which came with a built-in crown.