Designer dismisses some of fashion's most respected models

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Roberto Cavalli has hit out at some of the world’s top models, describing them as ‘pieces of wood’.

The fashion legend says he prefers to work with artists such as P Diddy instead of professional clotheshorses.

‘For me, models are just pieces of wood that I carve to make clothes look beautiful,’ he tells Observer Food Monthly.

‘There are thousands of models like all other models. Naomi Campbell is the same way.’

The 68-year-old designer – who has also worked with the Spice Girls – even criticises Kate Moss, saying he doesn’t think she ‘has what it takes to be a true star’.

The fashion guru is shortly to launch a red wine from his own vineyard.