At a certain point in life we are all challenged to take in consideration the wonderfully artificial world of consoles and videogames: Because whether it is for some sort of dynamic entertainment or an in-depth exercise in sociology, videogames matters.
And what definitely matters the most is the incredible fashions some of the characters are showing off. Ok, maybe it is not necessarily what matters the most, but it’d be blind not to take in consideration some of these outlandish outfits.
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a top-ten kind of thing, as all of these ladies and gentlemen equally look fantastic to us.
Bayonetta – Bayonetta
This lady is a witch with an hair-do. And that could easily be enough, but this lady also has pink/blue gun heeled decolletes in patent leather and a backless catsuit with mesh and chain insets that also nonchalantly feature long weaves of black hair exemplarily attached to its sleeves. Bayonetta could take Gareth Pugh, give him a little hug and send him home happy.
She wears glasses because she is an intelligent woman of intellect. But she also wears her ass out because it’s not that it bothers her much.
Ashley Riot – Vagrant Story
Speaking of asses out, we could not possibly refrain from mentioning one of our favourite heroes of all times, Ashley Riot, from the beautiful RPG Vagrant Story. Ashley is impeccably (and elegantly!) dressed in a lacerated tank top, shorts and sandals (just like any drunk eurotrash superstar at Heaven); but what really makes him a style icon is that he’s not afraid of showing some bare clavicle and shoulder. So SS16! And how not to mention the importance he gives to highlighting his wasp-like waist with layered belts and useless bits in iron. And again, wearing that bra-bib thing with spaghetti straps is pretty much everything.
Ashley Riot also loves his Elnett.
Nina – Tekken
“If I have to fight some men double my size, then I might as well do it while wearing this lilac turtleneck bodice (?!?) with these matching chandelier earrings. And if I’ll have to fight in the office then I shall fight in these vintage Jil Sander trousers and my Helmut Lang bra because I kick asses but I am also very elegant like that.” YES NINA! That’s how you become a violent starlet of videogaming! Without never compromising on your femininity or your elevated fashion taste!
Kudos for your mini-animalier sleeveless bolero, Nina. It is subtle, Nina.
Alucard – Castlevania
Alucard has a head that is comparatively real small when put next to his shoulder pads, his collars or his flowing, silvery mane. I mean, Alucard’s head is small even compared to his own eyelashes, for that matter. But that’s why he rightfully won a place in this list: Here’s another effeminate hero who is not willing to compromise on his looks. If he wants he can wear one, two, three, four collars, he doesn’t care! Gloves’ turnups that are evidently bigger than his actual waist? He doesn’t care. A cape the size and weight of a queen-sized matress? HE DON’T CARE.
Echidna – The Bouncer
Echidna looks like a back-dancer for Sisqo (Sisqo of thong fame); we don’t know why, maybe because of the ice-white lipstick. Or maybe because she does look a bit like Sisqo himself, we just can’t say. However, what we do know is that we always say yes to an asymmetrical miniskirt in snakeskin and that we also always say yes to heeled square toe sandals. Faux-fur boa in pinkish-white? It’s a yes in our books.
Echidna, just like Ashley Riot, loves her Elnett hairspray.
Kefka Palazzo – Final Fantasy VI
To choose from any character from the Final Fantasy franchise is a complete ordeal. And to choose from any of the loudly homosexual villains is even more difficult (Kuja from FFIX and Seymour from FFX were also serious contendants). But what sets Kefka above all the others – beside being one of the best villains in history – is that he looks like he just came out from a piece from the Ballets Russes: Designed by Bakst and personified by Nijinsky, Kefka is a character that knows his mix-and-match.
A bit of a scarf, a bit of make-up, a bit of a crimson cape in velvet and there she is! Ready to hit the town and take on the world.
Big Mama (EVA) – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
If Helen Mirren were to be the face for Hermes, she would most definitely look like EVA in MGS4: She is sexy, mature and ready to strangle you using only your own socks. Just like Dame Helen Mirren. Her coat is somewhat reminiscent of Cristophe Lemaire’s now legendary first collection for Hermes, and she altogether looks like she just walked out from an editorial in Encens magazine.
Please take the time to notice how she keeps her boobs out (for ventilation) and yet she appreciates the comfort given by a silk neckscarf (in case it gets a little breezy).
Dante – Devil May Cry 3
Dante always looks superfly, but his looks in DMC3 are what fashion legends are made of. WHY? Because he is the ultimate Versace hottie “Look, a Demon. I am gonna SLAY it using my BIG SWORD that is in no way phallic. And if that doesn’t work, I am definitely gonna kill it using my double-breasted, multi-layered coat in red leather that is really LONG and that is demurely decorated with micro studs. And if that is not going to work, I will smirk and produce a red rose from my breast pocket because YOLO and seduce it all the way to its violent death.” Dante is also very Saint Laurent right now.
Manny Calavera – Grim Fandango
Name’s Calavera. Manny, Calavera: The most sophisticated and altogether convincing character ever seen in glorious 3D. Manny is a pastiche of everyone’s favourite noir heroes, but pretty much dead. He has a penchant for American suiting with that trademark boxy shape. Manny is an underworld travel agent that also moonlight as a grim reaper, but if that were not to be enough, he could be a perfect spokesman for Ermenegildo Zegna, he could.
Karl Lagerfeld – Grand Theft Auto IV
We bet you all forgot about this, but Karl Lagerfeld made a cameo in the extraordinarily successful GTA franchise in the form of a DJ that mostly plays electronica. Unfortunately the character is not playable, but it offers a precious bit of trivia for any fashion-gamer out there. And we know there are many of you out there.
By Matteo Sarti