2013 Life Ball Mini Paceman by Roberto Cavalli debuts

The Life Ball is held every year in Vienna's Hofburg Palace to benefit AIDS charities. For the last thirteen years, Mini has provided a vehicle(s) that is styled by a world-renowned fashion designer and is subsequently auctioned at the AIDS Solidarity Gala as a fundraiser for the chosen organizations. This year's Life Ball Mini, a Cooper S Paceman, has been styled by Roberto Cavalli. Using Cavalli's signature colors and style, the 2013 LB Mini is done up in an iridescent paint that shimmers between black and brown, depending on the light, with gold accents. The Cavalli logo is featured on the roof with special signage on the doors. Inside, the special leathers receive gold stitching and logos with more gold accents on the doors and dash. (Click on the pics for a closer look.) While you might not want the Cavalli look for your Paceman, it certainly won't get lost in the crowd and if you do like the look, go for it...Proceeds raised from the auction will be announced later, but these special Minis have garnered six figure bids in the past.

Source: Mini - Press release and pics (4) after the jump.

Press Release:
Roberto und Eva Cavalli unveil the Life Ball MINI 2013

For the 13th consecutive year, MINI has donated one of its models to the Life Ball to be styled by an internationally renowned designer for a good cause. 2013 sees the MINI Paceman endowed with the creative signature of Roberto Cavalli. A few hours before the start of the AIDS charity event on 25 May, the Italian fashion designer and his wife unveiled the one-off MINI during the official Life Ball Press Conference. As part of the AIDS Solidarity Gala in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, the Life Ball MINI 2013 will be auctioned from 17 hrs on, with the proceeds benefiting projects committed to combating AIDS. Tonight at Life Ball’s magenta carpet Roberto Cavalli will present the MINI to the public.

The design of the Life Ball MINI 2013 by Roberto Cavalli.

A first glimpse of the Life Ball MINI 2013 unquestionably reveals the distinctive style of the famous fashion designer. Cavalli upgraded the exterior of the MINI Paceman – the youngest and seventh member of the MINI family – with an exclusive colour that has already featured in his own fleet of cars: a special iridescent paint that shimmers between black and brown depending on the incidence of light. This flamboyant paintwork accentuates the clear lines of the first Sports Activity Coupé by MINI and turns it into a very special one-off. The expressive Cavalli logo on the roof of the car along with his signature on the wide coupé door leave no doubt as to the designer who has left his unmistakable imprint on the car. The logo can also be found on the inside, where the headrests and sun visors feature the stylish motif. The interior design of the MINI Paceman is swathed in black, with individual gilded elements – such as the decorative stitching on the leather seats and the MINI Center Speedo surround – lending it an extravagant look. This is further reinforced by the hallmark Cavalli animal prints on the leather-lined steering wheel and parts of the instruments.