As you can probably see, her outfit is once again very heavily inspired by Audrey Hepburn, most of all the famous ascot dress from her role in My Fair Lady (1964). I'd mostly been thinking of a Kalosian, more "mature" variant of Team Buddy when developing Fleur Syndicate, thus their signature colors tend to be a mix of white, black and gold, with a logo based upon the Fleur-de-Lis. Actually, I didn't realize how closely it resembles Team Flare until after designing it, since both of them begin with "F"... happy coincidence, I guess.
Overall, it was still a lovely design to work on, and one I enjoyed playing around with a lot- the curve of her hat in particular feels like it gives her a more menacing disposition, and the Key Stone positioned in her hat was fun to do. Will be releasing a few more "Fleurified" designs of Kalos in the future, so look forward to that!
Oooh... okay, this is actually a REALLY cool concept, right here; I LOOOOVE the sophistication and elegance you give off! Sorta gives me a "what if Marie Antoinette was played by Audrey Hepburn" vibe.
Would def. like to see more of this expanded headcanon (perhaps even a glimpse at a more noble, if grizzled, Champion Lysandre) sometime!
Ah, thank you! I appreciate hearing from ya again, man, and yeah, it's something I thought would be a good way to expand on Kalos - I love Pokemon XY from an aesthetical standpoint, but damn if it doesn't feel really undercooked with its characters.
I feel you. I think XY had so much potential as a game, only to end up with Kalos feeling a lot barer than it could have been. Especially after how RICH Unova was.
.... still richer than Johto, I suppose, but still.
Ugh, don’t get me started on Johto. I still stand by the statement that it’s more of an expansion pack to Kanto than its own region, and while I LIKE a lot of the stuff in Johto or how it plays, that kind of undercuts its specialty to me...
But! It may partially be nostalgia speaking, but I have to say I remember a lot more locales around Kalos than most other regions. I think they all play pretty well with not only unique set pieces and city constructions, but also different uses of color in each place... and the Pokémon available are some of my favorites to this day. Happy to hear your thoughts on this, though!
So is this Diantha leader of Team Flare, or does her evil organisation go by another name? (if it is, is it Team Beauty?)
Really love this design. It is sheer elegance. In fact, I always wondered what Diantha could be like if she was the leader of Team Flare, but this is way better.
Actually, yes, this is an entirely different organization, despite the occasional parallels to Team Flare- the Fleur Syndicate is the canonical name for the group, partially because I wanted to use the 'team' name less and also because Syndicate implies less of the explicitly malicious term that Team Rocket or Team Flare imply, and fits with her organization being more hierarchical and like a business.
But thank you very much for the kind words! It was a lot of fun to work on her new look, and while there are some things I might have redone (I think the yellow on this is a little TOO bright), overall I think it came out well.