Roberto Cavalli lays into American fashion and Anna Wintour

'American fashion is terrible, you can't look at it!' Designer Roberto Cavalli blasts U.S style – and says Anna Wintour is to blame

Roberto Cavalli approves of neither American fashion not its arbiter, Queen Anna Wintour.

In a video interview aired on D, the weekly style magazine from Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the flamboyant Italian designer unleashed a tirade of abuse against the U.S. industry.

‘Just look at American fashion,' he said, 'which is almost fashion. It's terrible and you almost can't look at it.’

Roberto Cavalli is certainly not a fan of American fashion

Roberto Cavalli (pictured with his wife) is certainly not a fan of American fashion

But there was more to come: 'It has been driven by a great journalist, Anna Wintour, who wants all women to be like her and to dress the way she does.

So it looks as if Karl Lagerfeld isn’t the only one with foot in mouth disease then.

He may have called plus-size warbler Adele, 'fat' but thus far, he’s has never dared to criticise the great Anna Wintour.

Anna Wintour: fashion forward or fashion faux pas

Anna Wintour: fashion forward or fashion faux pas

Anna Wintour: fashion forward or fashion faux pas

Anna Wintour: fashion forward or fashion faux pas

But Cavalli was on a roll: 'I see young people coming out of design schools and they
are too minimalist. Probably because their professors are minimalist, because
they in turn have professors who follow styles of designs that are too
industrial and commercial.'

He did have some positive advice for aspiring designers though.

'I can only say try to be different and try to create artistic styles. Then
the clothes can be transformed, changed and modified to take into account
wearability and the possibility of actually being worn.'

When it comes to his own designs, Cavalli, a favourite with Victoria Beckham, is not one to err on the side of caution

In no position to throw stones When it comes to his own designs Cavalli is not one to err on the side of caution

In no position to throw stones When it comes to his own designs Cavalli is not one to err on the side of caution

When it comes to his own designs, Cavalli is certainly different…

The designer takes his own advice extremely seriously

Cavalli takes his own advice extremely seriously

Cavalli takes his own advice extremely seriously

Cavalli takes his own advice extremely seriously…

Cavalli is not one to err on the side of caution himself though...

Roberto Cavalli is also a firm favourite with Victoria Beckham

The designer is no stranger to controversy . In fact it was only last month that he made some less than flattering comments to Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper about Giorgio Armani’s new hotel in Milan.

'Between Armani and me there is an abyss. Have you seen that new hotel It looks like a psychiatric hospital.'

Giorgio Armani maintained a dignified silence. Will La Wintour remain similarly tight-lipped

Armani Milano: Luxury hotel or psychiatric hospital

Armani Milano: Luxury hotel or psychiatric hospital