Ok, this is just getting to be too much. Final Fantasy's fashion-conscience characters have now begun crossing over into the real world for the purpose of modeling fashion. Seriously… in Europe at least, to celebrate the RPG series' 25th Anniversary.
The latest issue of Arena Homme+ will be featuring a spread of Final Fantasy characters taking part in a CG photo shoot to show off Prada's 2012 Spring/Summer men's collection. Lightning, Noel, Snow, Sazh and Hope are all included as you can see below.
Read on for the press release.
Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX interactive entertainment products in Europe and across PAL territories, today announced that two brands from different realms: fashion and video gaming, have come together in the latest issue of Arena Homme+ where characters from the recent game FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 showcase Prada's 2012 Spring/Summer men's collection as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the FINAL FANTASY series.
In the latest issue of Arena Homme+,which goes on sale April 12, a cast of characters from FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 including Lightning, Noel, Snow, Sazh and Hope are styled for action as they step out of their usual outfits and into Prada.
"Our Spring issue focuses on a world of direction and escapism, and having a visually stunning videogame franchise such as FINAL FANTASY work alongside us and a leading fashion brand like Prada to create something so unique is incredible," said Max Pearmain, Editor of Arena Homme+. "I've always been interested by the power of videogames and their place in society, and the amount of work that's gone into this project blows my mind. We're incredibly pleased with the result."
"The FINAL FANTASY series is known for its creativity and innovation; so working with Prada, a renowned fashion house with such beautiful clothing, was a very exciting opportunity. The images we have been able to create together are vibrant and unique," said Yoshinori Kitase, producer of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.
The CGI (computer generated imagery) transformation was a task that was undertaken by Square Enix's world leading Visual Works studio in Japan, working alongside the FINAL FANTASY character designers. The 12-page feature includes key looks from Prada's Spring/Summer '12 men's collection, regarded by many as one the best of the season, with key pieces including printed silk shirts and sharp modern suiting.
The article that accompanies the images in the magazine is written by British journalist and author Steven Poole. Stevenis a literary columnist for the Guardian and a respected videogame industry veteran, primarily recognized for penning the well-known book on the aesthetics of videogames called Trigger Happy, as well as his monthly column in the UK's world-renowned videogame magazine, EDGE.
Cocoon - a utopia in the sky. Its inhabitants believed their world a paradise. Under the Sanctum's rule, Cocoon had long known peace and prosperity. Mankind was blessed by its protectors, the benevolent fal'Cie, and believed that tranquil days would continue forever. Their tranquillity was shattered with the discovery of one hostile fal'Cie. The moment that fal'Cie from Pulse - the feared and detested lowerworld - awoke from its slumber, peace on Cocoon came to an end. Fal'Cie curse humans, turning them into magic-wielding servants. They become l'Cie - chosen of the fal'Cie. Those branded with the mark of a l'Cie carry the burden of either fulfilling their Focus or facing a fate harsher than death itself. A prayer for redemption. A wish to protect the world. A promise to challenge destiny. After thirteen days of fates intertwined, the battle begins. Set several years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon, some survivors have decided to start over by rebuilding on Gran Pulse. Lightning, however, is nowhere to be found and thought dead by many, but Serah believes otherwise. When her town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save her.