2013 Life Ball MINI PacemanEnlarge Photo
On the 25th of this month, MINI will be supporting the Life Ball charity event for the 13th consecutive year, this time by auctioning off a Paceman crossover created especially for the event by Roberto Cavalli.
The noted fashion designer is joining the likes of DSQUARED², Diesel and Missoni, all of which have presented their own custom MINIs for the annual Life Ball event and have helped raise close to a million dollars for HIV and AIDS research.
Cavalli has been involved with Life Ball since 2001, which was the same year that MINI commenced its own partnership with the event.
His custom MINI takes inspiration from some of those earlier events but adds plenty of modern touches, including iridescent paintwork that shimmers from black to brown depending on which angle the light hits it.
Cavalli’s expressive logo also adorns the roof of the custom MINI Paceman and the interior is said to feature elements borrowed from the designer’s fashion line.
Of his work with MINI, Cavalli said, “Designing the MINI was a very fun, exciting and stimulating experience. I had to create a car which not only respected and conveyed my fashion, but also my lifestyle: an unusual challenge, but surely a fascinating one.”
Cavalli’s Paceman will be formally unveiled on May 24 during the official opening of his latest store in Vienna, Austria. The car will then be auctioned off the following day during an event at Vienna’s Hofburg palace.