Life Ball Mini 2011 by DSQUARED2, 'refashioned for adventures of all kinds'

Every year for Life Ball--called Europe's biggest AIDS charity event--Mini prepares a specially-designed Mini Cooper to be auctioned off for funds for Aids Life. The 2011 Life Ball Mini, nicknamed "Red Mudder," was "refashioned for adventures of all kinds" by Dean and Dan Caten, women's clothing designers otherwise known as DSQUARED2.
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The Life Ball Mini 2011, which most certainly the fashion duo never laid a wrench to, is based on a standard Mini Cooper S and features a raised ride height and large off-road tires along with a "front guard, rally headlamps and tinted side windows with grilles." The spare tire is mounted on the tailgate.

Inside, structured aluminum sheeting "protect(s) the inside from dirt" and the DSQUARED2 maple leaf logo is applied to the headrest and door panels.

The twin brothers were reportedly "delighted with the result." According to Mini, they said, "Our Mini 'Red Mudder' is 100 per cent DSQUARED2."

Previous Life Ball Minis have been credited to clothing and accessory designers including Agent Provocateur, Donna Versace, Diesel, Missoni and Gianfranco Ferré. Since 2001, more than a half million Euros have been generated by the Life Ball Mini for Aids Life, an organization combating AIDS.

Photo credit: BrauerPhotos für MINI-LIFEBALL


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