Roberto Cavalli adds his signature to the Paceman for the Life Ball Mini 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 9, 2013

MINI is donating a Paceman, the youngest and seventh model in the MINI family, to the Vienna Life Ball. The proceeds will go to projects that prevent HIV and AIDS. This will be the 13th year in a row that the automaker has supported the auction. But before the Paceman is sold off, it will be given an overhaul by international fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.

The MINI Paceman joins the likes of global labels like DSQUARED², Diesel and Missoni that have converted a lineup of MINI models into amazing one-offs. To date, the Life Ball MINI auctions have raised more than half a million Euros in total proceeds. Cavalli is taking on the first stylish, urban Sports Activity Coupé with the MINI Paceman.

It has a sporty design and stunning coupé silhouette but it’s targeted at individuals who want to make a statement with the car they’re driving. The unusual style of Cavalli is an ideal match to that of the Life Ball MINI. His creative exterior design features iridescent paintwork that glistens from black to brown depending on the amount of light.

Cavalli enhances the dynamically stretched lines of this athletically agile two-door coupé. Cavalli’s expressive logo is found on the roof of the MINI Paceman, which gives off the appearance of floating above the car body. Cavalli said that he considers this MINI project to be “an exciting and wonderful project.”

Roberto Cavalli finally met his first Sports Activity Coupé that is the MINI Paceman. Having a remarkable coupé silhouette and combined with a sporty design, the MINI Paceman is a good choice for those who want to make their mark in the world while driving.

With the Life Ball MINI, Cavalli has managed to put in his rather unconventional style. The exterior has been designed in such a way that how light hits the car changes its look. The wonderful paintwork can change from brown to black and in addition highlights the stretched lines.

Cavalli’s logo has been placed on the roof where it looks as if it is floating. Cavalli shared that being part of the project was indeed a wonderful opportunity as it gave him the chance to be creative and use iridescent paint that not only was his own creation and been used for many years on his own vehicles but it was also very special.

Iridescent paint is a material that can change its color depending on how light touches it. Cavalli added that he had always loved designing and creating and to be able to do that to a MINI, complete with his own interior styling and logo, was truly a surprise.

Cavalli had been staging a show for the Life Ball Mini from as far back as 2001 which is when the MINI also started its partnership with this particular charity event. Twelve years later, Cavalli has managed to convert a family car to be a sought-after collector’s item.

The MINI Paceman was unveiled on May 24, 2013, during the opening of Cavalli’s “Goldenes Quart1er” store in Vienna. This collector’s item was later auctioned off at the Hall of Ceremonies inside Vienna’s Hofburg palace.

Press Release

Life Ball MINI 2013 – Roberto Cavalli adds his artistic signature to the MINI Paceman

For the 13th time in succession, MINI is donating one of its models to the Vienna Life Ball for a good cause. Once again the MINI will be given a makeover by an internationally renowned designer before being auctioned at the ball, with proceeds going to projects dedicated to the battle against and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

This year it is the MINI Paceman, the youngest and seventh model in the MINI family, that will bear the creative stamp of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. It sees him joining the ranks of world-famous fashion labels such as DSQUARED², Diesel and Missoni, who have in the past transformed a range of MINI models into sensational one-offs. So far the Life Ball MINI auctions have raised total proceeds in excess of half a million Euros.

Life Ball MINI designed by Roberto Cavalli.

With the MINI Paceman, Cavalli encounters the first stylish, urban Sports Activity Coupé. With its sporty design and striking coupé silhouette, it is aimed at individuals who are not shy of making a statement behind the wheel. Cavalli’s unconventional style chimes in perfectly with that of the Life Ball MINI: in his creative exterior design featuring iridescent paintwork that shimmers from black to brown depending on the incidence of light, the Italian designer accentuates the dynamically stretched lines of this athletically agile two-door coupé.

Roberto Cavalli’s expressive logo adorns the roof of the MINI Paceman, which appears to float above the car body. "This MINI was an exciting and wonderful project for me”, says Roberto Cavalli. “It gave me the opportunity to be creative and finally use something very special, which I have personally invented and already used for years for my own vehicles: it is a unique iridescent paint which changes color depending on the way the light illuminates the pigments.

I loved everything about creating and designing it, transforming the cult of MINI into the incredible Cavalli MINI, complete with the Cavalli logo on the roof and Cavalli style interiors, which are a really an incredible surprise to discover.”

Cavalli staged the fashion show of the Life Ball as far back as 2001. That same year saw MINI commence its partnership with the charity event. Twelve years on, Roberto Cavalli has upgraded the latest model in the MINI family to a coveted collectors’ item.

On 24 May 2013, the MINI Paceman will be formally unveiled during the official opening of the new Cavalli store in Vienna’s “Goldenes Quart1er”. The one-off MINI will be auctioned in the Hall of Ceremonies at Vienna’s Hofburg palace as part of the AIDS Solidarity Gala on Saturday 25 starting at 5pm.

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