Good designs translate to any medium. Well-respected clothing designers sometimes move outside the world of high fashion garments and bring their talents to the automobile industry. These five cars stand out as innovative examples of cars touched by the hand of the couture designer.
Aston Martin DB7 by Alfred Dunhill
This sleek Aston Martin is an automobile fit for 007 himself. The streamlined platinum exterior matches the smooth interior. The hand of Alfred Dunhill can be seen in the detailed design elements that are found throughout the car. The limited design went on sale in 1998. Purchasers could choose between a built in humidor or a grooming kit. The humidor version also came with a cigar cutter and a special cigar lighter. The famous Dunhill millennium clock replaced the traditional Aston Martin console clock. Only 78 of these classic cars were produced.
Citroen Lacoste Concept
This concept automobile deserves a place in the list of most unusual looking cars. Two well-known French companies collaborated on this design. The innovation associated with Citroen blends very well with the sporty designs of Lacoste. This small car has the appearance of an oversized roller skate. It is energy efficient and very technologically advanced. There are no doors and the roof can be inflated at will. All driving information appears on a display screen behind the removable steering wheel. Luxury upholstery and beautifully designed tires complete the look of this concept car.
Mini Cooper by Kenneth Cole
New York designer Kenneth Cole added his touch to a 2010 Mini Cooper that was auctioned off for charity. The outside of this convertible looks stunning with thousands of metal studs giving it an almost jewel like appearance. The car’s interior carries the exterior metallic details to the upholstery. More studs dot the rich, luxurious upholstery, and industrial zippers add detail to the headrest. The console is designed in a luxe, dark leather that perfectly captures the design sensibilities of Kenneth Cole.
Chanel Fiole Concept
The house of Chanel has stamped their name all over this automobile. Japanese designer, Jinyoung Jo created the concept for this futuristic looking car. The seamless exterior is highlighted by icy lights that flow around the car like water. The back wheels are concealed beneath the exterior panels further contributing to the futuristic appearance. The car, which was designed with women in mind, has several interior compartments for stowing items.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 By Versace
This 2006 Italian car was the result of collaboration between the Versace brand and Lamborghini. Versace recaptured the look and design of the classic 1960s Lamborghini. The streamlined shape, powerful engine and the scissor doors are typically Lamborghini. The black and white interior in the classic Versace pattern and the numerous extras are the innovations of Versace. Those who purchased one of the 20 cars received exclusive, personalised Versace luggage, calfskin driving moccasins and gloves, and a luxury watch.
Written by Carlos J.
Being a dad of three kids, Carlos is also a self-confessed car enthusiast. He has recently bought his dream car, a 1998 Skyline GTR online from Cars 4 Sale Australia. Carlos plans to conquer the German Autobahn next year with a group of like-minded friends.