Valentino in Paris Spotlight as Stiller’s Zoolander Hits Runway

Valentino was at the center of media attention during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, sending Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson down the runway in character as rival models Derek and Hansel from the 2001 comedy Zoolander.

The actors, who parodied the fashion industry in the film with poses such as Blue Steel, staged a walk-off to close the Italian house’s fall-winter women’s show in the French capital, causing a flurry of posts on social media such as Twitter Inc.

The pair are filming a sequel in Rome, Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli told Women’s Wear Daily after the show. A spokeswoman for Valentino couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The fashion house, which Qatari investors bought from Permira Advisers in 2012, has enjoyed a renaissance under Chiuri and Piccioli, who have served as co-creative directors since 2008. Revenue rose 36 percent to 664 million euros ($712 million) in 2014, WWD reported, citing an interview with Chief Executive Officer Stefano Sassi. That compares with industry growth of about 2 percent on a reported basis, and 5 percent excluding currency swings, Sanford C. Bernstein has estimated.

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