George Clooney's girlfriend is an "erotic dream," according to fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. Italian beauty Elisabetta Canalis - who has been dating George since last year - is perfect for the Hollywood hunk because she is beautiful and intelligent.

Roberto said: "Elisabetta is beautiful and very sensual. She's an erotic dream for many men. It's that mix of undeniable beauty and the down-to-earth spontaneity of the girl next door. And I think that's exactly why she's successful - a stellar smile in a sweet face, combined with an intriguing, sensual expression."

Roberto - who worked with Elisabetta, 31, on his new underwear campaign and is a close friend of George, 48 - believes their relationship is the perfect love story.

He told Hello! magazine: "George and Elisabetta are in love. They're both gorgeous, fascinating people and their romance is a dream. People need to dream and this couple's love story reminds you of those legendary romances of the past.

"I think I was one of the first people she confided in about George. "At first, I did wonder how an Italian girl like Elisabetta could date such an American guy like George, but time has shown that this great love is going to last. In fact, I'd bet anything on it, and it's my wish for both of them."

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