Hats off to Arena Homme+. The latest issue brings together two worlds you never thought you'd see collide: Final Fantasy, Square Enix's long-running role-playing video game full of dwarves, elves, Dragons and Robots, and Prada, the ultimate in high end fashion.
In an inspired CGI editorial celebrating creativity and innovation, as well as the best-selling game series' 25th anniversary, Square Enix worked with the Italian fashion house to produce these amazing images showing some of Final Fantasy XIII-2's main characters - Hope, Noel, Snow, Sahz and Lightning (a girl, oddly, pictured top) - model pieces from this season's golf-inspired Prada menswear collection.
Admittedly you wouldn't necessarily get the golf references from this crazy clever shoot, but you do get the trademark Prada eccentricity and offbeat luxe feel, although I'm not sure Final Fantasy gamers - typically seen as late night bedroom-based nerds - are necessarily the target market for the clothes, but maybe as a non-Final Fantasy player myself, I'm just stereotyping. After all, if there's one thing Prada does very well indeed, it's a slick line in geek chic.
All images produced for Arena Homme+ ©2011, 2012 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA.
For more information on the latest Final Fantasy game, see: www.finalfantasy13-2game.com
This issue of Arena Homme+ is out 12th April 2012, RRP. £6