Dolce & Gabbana are launching a couture collection.

The Italian design duo - made up of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana - decided to start work on a bespoke line after merging their D&G label and Dolce & Gabbana and it will be unveiled during a presentation in Sicily on July 9.

Stefano previously said: ''We have a new fine jewellery collection; one for men - and we also want to make something more special in the future, so couture? It's possible.''

It is a busy time for the pair who will also launch its first ever childrenswear collection next month

The pair say the line, which is aimed at newborns to 10-year-olds, will be just as stylish as their main collection as it has great importance to them.

Stefano said: ''I didn't know much about this world, but Domenico's brother has three children aged two to six. The line is conceived as a further expansion of the Dolce & Gabbana world, in terms of product, design content, craftsmanship, function and positioning. This is an homage to Italy and to our tradition. It's part of our culture and marks one of the most important moments in our lives.''

The collection will include daywear, innerwear, beachwear, accessories and footwear and the designers say they sought advice from mother as they know it needed to be practical as well as stylish.

Domenico added: ''We interviewed all the mothers because the collection must be practical. We learned a lot, plenty of details. For example, it's better to have sleeveless onesies and freedom of movement - kids don't want to feel too constricted.''