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2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani

2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani, chief editor of Italian VOGUE, has designed and presented her very own MINI model exclusively to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity event. The model in question is a MINI Roadster, the first open-top two-seater in the brand’s history. The one-off creation, which went under the auctioneer’s hammer at the AIDS Solidarity Gala and raised a donation total of 54,000 euros for HIV projects, left the audience of around 43,000 in no doubt: this is set to be a sporty, feminine summer.

2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani decorated the roof of the 184 hp MINI Roadster – which has a top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph) – in a stylishly intricate floral design which, in combination with very “of the moment” Deepest Purple matt paintwork and gold hallmark MINI rally stripes, produced an impressively complete work of art. Inside the car, lavishly printed leather for the instruments and brass-coloured touches on the circular elements add the icing on the cake. The most influential woman in the Italian fashion scene, herself an avid MINI driver, gave her creativity free reign in the design of the special one-off model.

2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
2012 Life Ball Mini Roadster by Franca Sozzani
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