In a wholly unexpected turn of events, Final Fantasy XIII's main protagonist Lightning has given a bizarre fake interview with The Telegraph promoting a new collaboration between the Japanese video game franchise and famed French fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
The new spokesmodel discusses the philosophy of fashion, also relating how dear to her heart exorbitant clothing lines have always been:
My clothes were nothing more than armor to stay alive; “dressing up” was a concept I’ve never had. Perhaps that makes me an unseemly choice as ambassador. But this experience has opened my eyes. Fashion isn’t something you’re taught or given, it comes from your own taste and your own choices. It displays the essence of who you are to the people around you.
Nicolas Ghesquière, Vuitton's creative director, said video games largely inspired the collection, justifying the odd inter-media partnership:
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.
Lightning herself made use of the publicity to tease future Final Fantasy installments, Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Mobius Final Fantasy:
One day, not so far in the future, I will be out there again, in a world of strife. But I won’t be the same person I was before. I will return to my origins, like a Mobius strip, but it’ll be a new me, one who has evolved.
Her claim that she will be out in a 'world of strife' again suggests we could see Lightning's rose-tinted hair make an appearance alongside Cloud Strife in the hotly anticipated remake. Stranger things have happened, this fantastical fashion campaign for one.