Fashion and video games may, at first, seem like two things that have nothing to do with one another, but if you really think about it they do. The way a character dresses often gives players an idea of who they are. And a big part of character design is giving them an iconic look that lets them stand out among the characters.
Whether its armor, a uniform or even something as simple as a jacket or a hat, if it doesn't look good then most gamers probably won't like it.
Most games nowadays have the option for players to change the characters' clothing, with no added benefit except giving players the option to customize a character to fit their tastes. But, we've slowly seen fashion create a bigger impact in the video game world, from real-world designers having their looks incorporated into games, and vice-versa.
Here are 10 interesting video game and fashion house collabs.
10 Louis Vuitton/Final Fantasy 13
Lightning is the main character of Final Fantasy XII and its sequels. She's also been a model for the iconic French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, back in 2015.
It was a serious collaboration between Square Enix and Louis Vuitton for their Series 4, Spring-Summer 2016 collection. Nicolas Ghesquière, fashion designer and creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton considered Lightning to be the "perfect avatar for a global heroic woman" which was one of the themes of that particular collection.
Just as with their real models, Lightning showed off pieces of their collection that her character designer, Tetsuya Nomura, incorporated into the game's design. She even had her own interview about the experience.
9 Moschino/The Sims 4
The Sims franchise isn't a stranger to the fashion industry. They've done a few collaborations with different brands including Diesel in the Sims 2, and H&M in the Sims 3. The fashion collab continues with Moschino in both the real-world and the game.
Moschino's latest Capsule Collection for Fall/Winter featured clothing inspired by the pixels that make up everything in the game and the Freezer Bunny mascot. Some of Moschino's fashions were also brought to the game with the Moschino Stuff Pack and a free update that included a game version of the Freezer Bunny hoodie.
8 Her Universe/Tomb Raider
For a while there's been the misconception that sci-fi, fantasy and gaming franchises were things only guys got into. Over the past decade, the presence of female fans has become much more known and it's in part thanks to fellow fangirls like Ashley Eckstein. She's been giving girls a lot more game-inspired apparel with her fashion brand, Her Universe.
Based on the 2015 game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Her Universe website has a collection of Tomb Raider inspired activewear and jackets that Lara herself would find functional and fashionable.
7 Carri Mundane/Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic is one of the most iconic (and fastest) video game characters in the industry. And it looks like he's also made a mark in the fashion industry.
Back in 2007 during London Fashion Week, Carri Munden, also known as CassettePlaya, brought everyone's favorite blue hedgehog to the English runway.
Inspired by the style of the Sonic franchise's games and other 8-bit and 16-bit games of that time, Carri Munden's collection is full of colorful pixelated prints and glitched out graphics styled street-wear that has a real 90's feel to it.
6 Karl Lagerfeld/Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
No matter how you might feel about Kim Kardashian she's been a fashion trendsetter, among other things, for a while. She even has her own mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood where players can create their own dream celebrity and rise through the ranks of fame by pursuing careers like cover modeling, fashion designing and more.
An update to the game included the introduction of the late Karl Lagerfeld, who was the former creative director for the fashion house of Chanel. Meeting him is one of the levels of the game where you get rewarded with in-game cash and experience.
5 Giles Deacon/Pac-Man
So this one is more of a collection inspired by a particular video game, but it might have been a glimpse into the future of fashion.
In 2008 British fashion designer Giles Deacon showcased a Pac-Man inspired collection during London's Fashion Week. Deacon is known for using wild prints and pop culture references to go against the grain of what is expected of womenswear.
His collection had a futuristic theme full of gown paired with Pac-Man inspired helmets. The piece that probably had the most noticeable influence on the 1980's game was a white gown that featured Pac-Man and the ghosts.
4 Moschino/Super Mario
Moschino is known for blending pop-culture with high fashion and The Sims 4 isn't their first collaboration with a major video game franchise.
Back in December of 2015, they released a Capsule Collection called "Super Moschino" in collaboration with the Nintendo franchise, Super Mario Bros. It celebrated the then 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros and included a variety of clothing and accessories branded with the faces of many Super Mario Bros characters, like Mario himself, Princess Peach, King Koopa, Luigi and more.
3 Prada/Final Fantasy 13-2
If anyone is shocked about Lightning becoming an official Louis Vuitton model, they should know it wasn't the first time she has worked with a high fashion label.
Back in 2012, she and several other characters from Final Fantasy XIII-2 modeled clothing from Prada's 2012 Spring/Summer collection. It was a collaboration between Square Enix and men's fashion magazine Arena HOMME+ featured in their 2012 April issue.
Lightning, Hope, Snow, Sazh, and Noel are all featured in a few stylish pieces that would be considered... tame compared to their actual outfits in-game. Square Enix worked with editor of Arena Homme+, Max Pearmain, and the collab was in celebration of their then 25th anniversary of the franchise.
2 Hot Topic/Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed is a franchise that tells two stories in one. One is set in a past time period featuring the ancestors of Desmond Miles and their life as members of the Assassins, and the other is set in the present as Desmond continues the fight against the Templars.
At the height of the franchise's popularity, Hot Topic released an Assassin's Creed inspired collection. It included several different jackets and tops modeled after characters like Aguilar, Maria, and Ezio himself and more. It's the perfect attire to eliminate enemies in... or go to the store.
1 BioWare And ThinkGeek Solutions/Dragon Age And Mass Effect
With how big fashion is getting in video games, it only makes sense for video game companies to get in on the trend and bring us the nerdy fashion we crave directly, right? Well, fans of BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises were given a special little treat during 2015's PAX Prime.
BioWare and ThinkGeek Solutions put on a fashion show and showed off several pieces of their fashion collection that is for geeks, by geeks. The collection included patterned leggings branded with Tali and Maker's Light patterns, an N7 skater dress and even a Cullen inspired hoodie.