After storming the catwalk at Valentino’s Paris Fashion Week show, Derek Zoolander and Hansel are back with a bonafide fashion campaign. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson continue to promote Zoolander 2 in style, posing alongside (real) models Tilda Lindstam and Xiao Wen Ju in front of Paris’ Eiffel tower for a mock photoshoot for the Italian fashion house.
In one glamorous shot, the two ridiculously good-looking actors – who are wearing camouflage coats and sneakers from Valentino’s SS15 collection – jump in the air while striking their best ninja poses.
In another snap, the comedy duo give the camera a pouty, “blue steel” look.
Valentino released the images on its Facebook page this week, though it’s hard to tell if the shots are a real advertisement for the fashion brand or a marketing ploy for the film – or both.
The photoshoot is thought to have taken place around the same time as Ben and Owen's infamous Paris Fashion Week stunt, in which the pair made a surprise appearance on the Valentino runway dressed up as their Zoolander characters.
“I was a little surprised,” Ben later admitted when asked about the fan reaction. “I mean, it's been 15 years since the movie came out, so we really didn't know if people remembered or cared, and it was nice to know that there was a little bit of a connection there that people had.”
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.
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.