If we had a nickel for every collaboration we've seen between an automaker and a fashion designer, well we might actually have enough to buy one of 'em. Or at least the matching handbag. The thing is that most of them come down either to a European city car (like the Fiat 500 by Gucci or Seat Mii by Mango) or to a Ford family hauler (like the Explorer by Eddie Bauer or Mercury Villager by Nautica). But this is something altogether more creative, and more rugged.
It's a Land Rover Defender, obviously, but it's been done up by Paul Smith – a British fashion designer who just happens to have owned a number of the iconic off-roaders over the years. Working in conjunction with Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division and its chief designer Gerry McGovern, Sir Paul had this Landie painted in 27 different colors. Sort of like a Harlequin edition VW Golf, only more so, and in more muted shades inspired by the British countryside and armed forces.
He also had the interior reworked in black leather and Maharam cloth upholstery with blue stitching and the trim replaced with a matte satin finish. There's even a smattering of Easter Eggs throughout, from the bee painted on the roof to the image of keys painted inside the glovebox. Love it or hate it, take it or leave it, there'll only be one made, and it was unveiled just the other day at the designer's flagship store in the Mayfair section of London.