It’s a walk off! Those seated in the front row at Paris Fashion Week the surprise of a lifetime when iconic fictional male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel stormed the runway during the Valentino Fall/Winter 2015 presentation on Tuesday (March 10).
In a promotional stunt for the upcoming film sequel, Zoolander 2, comedy duo Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller – dressed as their alternate personas from the hit 2001 comedy, Zoolander – strutted down the runway as the audience cheered wildly.
They even caught the eye of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who graciously posed for a photo with the really, really, ridiculously good-looking pair backstage.
During the catwalk presentation, which was set to the tune of the 1980s hit “Don’t You Want Me,” Ben Stiller did his best "blue steel" pose while sporting a Valentino Night Butterflies suit paired with a hand-embroidered coat. Meanwhile, his onscreen rival donned the fashion house’s Continent Print Pajama Suit with white sneakers and a cashmere overcoat, which he dramatically slipped off his shoulders as he posed at the end of the runway.
Ben and Owen had been filming in nearby Rome, making it an easy opportunity to garner some press for the highly anticipated sequel.
Co-starring Will Ferrel as evil fashion designer Mugatu, 2001's Zoolander centred on an extremely dim-witted male model (Ben Stiller) and satirized the fashion industry, becoming an instant hit with audiences.
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) March 10, 2015
Will is expected to reprise his role in the Justin Theroux-directed sequel, which will also feature appearances by Penelope Cruz and Ben's wife, Christine Taylor, who played journalist Matilda in the first film.
However, fans will have to wait another year before seeing Zoolander 2, which is slated for release in February 2016.