I thought I had my weird share of the week when I found out Miuccia Prada studied miming for six years (yes you read that correctly) as I was watching a rare documentary about Prada earlier this week. But no she just had to outweird herself. I dare you to try saying the following without raising an eyebrow: ‘Prada outfitted the cast of Final Fantasy XIII-2 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series.’ Wait, what?
Prada’s Spring/Summer 2012 collections are a sketch away from being a cartoon collection – so this little virtual collaboration should come as no surprise – yet it does. Leave it to Miuccia to think outside the (console) box. Here’s where the weird catapults to a whole other level: I love the Final Fantasy series and have been a fan since I grabbed the Playstation joystick and battled my way through Final Fantasy VII waaaay back. This time around, the heroes left their warrior garments and weapons behind for a head-to-toe Prada makeover for the latest issue of Arena Homme+ which hits newsstands April 12.
“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 in 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.” Wall Street Journal’s Ray A. Smith continues, “Prada, of course, is known for being modern and pushing boundaries, so this collaboration isn’t a total headscratcher.” Well that answers the 65 million dollar question Final Fantasy fanatics and fashionistas were asking: “Just how was this incredibly unlikely connection made?”
Lighting and Noel (pictures 1 and 3) are wearing the bejeweled shirt and polo while both Noel and Sazh (pictures 3 and 4) are sporting the multi-coloured golf shoes – all which I got from the Prada store last week (see here). Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. Alas, I’ll just tell myself it’s Miuccia’s way of approving of my choices. I guess that for Prada – it’s just a fashionable videogame of golf.