Tetsuya Nomura Comments on Lightning's Status as a Louis Vuitton ModelDo they have Project Runway on Cocoon?01.07.16 - 5:54 PM
Final Fantasy XIII
's Lightning has been many things- warrior, goddess, even savior- but I'd hazard that few of us ever imagined she'd be a model. However, that's exactly what's happening, as French fashion boutique Louis Vuitton will be using FFXIII
's spunky heroine as a model in their "Series 4" spring-summer 2016 line.
Square Enix and Louis Vuitton released a statement, with quotes from Tetsuya Nomura and Louis Vuitton's Artistic Director Nicolas Ghesquiere and two official images.
Nomura: "The stunning new look of Lightning including her poses and character in action was fully produced by Louis Vuitton. Additionally, thanks to the Visual Works team, they were able to produce brilliant work under a tight schedule. This collaboration is not just a promotion of a game, and it is a great honor that the character herself received an offer from a world famous brand. As a result of this collaboration, this has infused new breath into the character, Lightning."
Ghesquiere: "It's clear that the virtual aesthetic of video games is predominant in this collection. If we push the reflection about heroines, or what might constitute the nature of a woman whose actions can be so courageous that she becomes superior and iconic, it becomes obvious that a virtual entity integrates with the founding principles of the Maison.
Lightning is the perfect avatar for a global, heroic woman and for a world where social networks and communications are now seamlessly woven into our life. She is also the symbol of new pictorial processes. How can you create an image that goes beyond the classic principles of photography and design? Lightning heralds a new era of expression."
Well, that's definitely high praise! Though I hate to break it to you, Lightning, Cloud pulled off the fashion thing back in 1997...