Dashing sophisticate and man-about town Roberto Cavalli is the King Midas of the modern world. Everything he touches turns to gold. This time, he touched a Mini Cooper. Now it’s gold.
Every year the Life Ball AIDS charity gala in Vienna taps a fashion designer to customize a Mini Cooper that will later be auctioned off for charity. This year Cavalli took the wheel. And then he covered it in crocodile.
The Mini Paceman has a shimmery, iridescent paint job that turns from black to bronze depending on the angle. It’s trimmed all over with gold edgings around the vents and lights. The roof is gold, the rims are gold, and the rearview mirrors are gold. The side bears Roberto Cavalli’s name in gold, as if we wouldn’t know it was his if it weren’t labeled.
Inside the car, the gauges and air conditioner vents are gold. The interior is black leather with quilted, diamond-tufted seats, and the entire interior is trimmed in shiny black crocodile-stamped leather. We cannot be positive, but it really looks like the seats are stitched in gold metallic thread.
Just to remind us that this is Cavalli’s car, his logo is stamped in gold on every headrest and on top of the tinted glass sunroof.
Previous designers have taken their hands to the Mini for charity, but Cavalli is the most successful customizer yet. The other 12 Minis that have been designed for the Life Ball over the years by designers including Diesel, DSQUARED2, and Donatella Versace, have sold for 500,000 euros between them. On its own, the Roberto Cavalli Mini sold for 150,000 euros to one very generous, charitable person with a taste for seriously over-the-top cars.
Via The Daily Mail