- Dec 17, 2006
Fashion on Wheels
The Paris show was the perfect venue for Lamborghini to take the wraps off the stunning special-edition Murcielago created together with famous Italian design house Versace. But that wasn't the first such crossover between the worlds of wheels and fashion. Men.Style.com, the online portal of eminent style mags GQ and Details has put together a portfolio of some of history's most memorable "designer automobiles". Most of them feature special interiors accompanied by the appropriate badging on the outside to let everyone know you're riding in super-style.
Included on the list are several efforts from now-defunct AMC: a 1972 Javelin by Pierre Cardin, a '73 Gremlin by Levi's, and a '74 Matador Coupe by Oleg Cassini. Cadillac and Gucci also put together a very special (and very pimpin') Seville in '79. Alfred Dunhill and Aston Martin made a perfect match on the 1998 DB7, of which only 150 bespoke editions were made. The 2000 Joseph Abboud edition of the Buick Regal, meanwhile, was a less inspiring example. Armani's collaboration with Mercedes on the 2003 CLK convertible seems more on-target. And lastly, Men.Style.com closed with the Versace Lambo.
There are a few more examples we could think of that were left off the list. In the 90's especially Ford was turning out Eddie Bauer editions of the Explorer and other SUVs. Sister-company Mercury also teamed up with Nautica for a yellow-pinstriped navy-and-white Villager minivan. Lexus had a partnership with premium leather-goods brand Coach that turned out a range of special-edition ES, RX and LS models.
Can think of more? We invite you to add to the list in the comments section.