'Zoolander 2' stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson pose in the windows at Valentino

By Ava Baccari

Derek Zoolander and Hansel may have hijacked Valentino’s runway show during Paris Fashion Week last March, but the fictional fashion icons stepped it up on Monday (Feb. 1) in Rome by doing their best Blue Steels live in the windows at the house's boutique.

Funnyman Ben Stiller and his Zoolander 2 co-star Owen Wilson took turns striking poses and blowing kisses to passersby from the Valentino storefront window while on the latest stop to promote the hotly anticipated sequel to the 2001 fashion satire.

Ben and Owen hammed it up from inside the Valentino store. Photo: © Getty Images

Ben had tipped off the excited crowd that the beloved Zoolander characters would be making a special in-store appearance early Sunday morning (Jan. 31). “Hey #Rome I hear Derek #Zoolander and Hansel are modeling at #Valentino store window in a little while," the Tropic Thunder star posted to Twitter.

Fans were quick to assemble, capturing the lively mannequins decked out in swanky clothing by the Italian label. Ben and Owen remained in character throughout the playful photo op. The actors were in Rome – where the film was also shot last year – for a Zoolander 2 fan screening event the day before, along with Will Ferrell, who reprises his role as Mugatu, and Justin Theroux, who helped write the sequel.

#BenStiller & #OwenWilson for Valentino and Zoolander  •

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This isn't the Hollywood duo's first appearance in full character since storming the runway at the end of Valentino's Fall 2015 runway show last year. Ben also popped up in a FIAT commercial, which featured a purse-lipped Derek repeatedly posing for a red-light camera and aired during the 2016 Golden Globes.

The actor also live-tweeted a recent screening of the original comedy. The tweets were a mix of jokes, behind-the-scenes facts and jibes at Will. Ben also reflected on David Bowie's cameo, in which the late musician judges the walk-off between Zoolander and Hansel. "Can't believe David Bowie actually did this," Ben tweeted. "We were all in shock."

In addition to starring as the film's title character, the 50-year-old directed the film, which hits theatres on Feb. 12.

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