Beberapa hari yang lalu, tersebar isu tentang Lightning (karakter utama Final Fantasy XIII) dalam iklan Louis Vuitton. Namun akhirnya, Square Enix memberikan kabar resmi mengenai hal tersebut.
Melalui press release terbaru, Square Enix mengabarkan bahwa Lightning akan ikut serta dalam promosi global koleksi busana musim semi dan musim panas Louis Vuitton yang bernama “Series 4“. Dalam kolaborasi tersebut, Lightning akan tampil di berbagai iklan majalah dan video mulai bulan Januari 2016.
Nicolas Ghesquière (Artistic Director of Women’s collections dari Louis Vuitton) pun berkomentar bahwa Lightning merupakan simbol yang sempurna untuk seorang wanita heroic mendunia. Tetsuya Nomura pun merasa bahwa merupakan sebuah kehormatan untuk dirinya karena karakter seperti Lightning mendapatkan kesempatan dari salah satu merek ternama di dunia.
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LIGHTNING BECOMES A FASHION ICON IN LOUIS VUITTON’S “SERIES 4” CAMPAIGN
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 5, 2015) – The heroine of FINAL FANTASY® XIII, Lightning, will make an appearance in the global campaign of Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2016 collection, “Series 4.”
This collaboration between the world famous fashion brand Louis Vuitton and Lightning, the strong and determined heroine of FINAL FANTASY XIII, has been made a reality, with Lightning being the perfect model to express the themes explored by the Louis Vuitton Women’s Collection “Series 4.”
This collaboration embodies the shared values cherished by both Louis Vuitton and FINAL FANTASY; to preserve our traditions while constantly seeking out new and revolutionary ideas in order to deliver products of world-class quality. Under this philosophy we aim to bring a new value and new experiences to the world.
As the model for the “Series 4,” Lightning will appear on various magazine advertisements starting from the January 2016 issue and will also star in promotional videos for the campaign.
Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuttion’s Artistic Director of Women’s collections, commented, “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.”
“The stunning new look of Lightning including her poses and character in action was fully produced by Louis Vuitton,” said Tetsuya Nomura, the character designer of Lightning. ”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.”