Valentino’s Zoolander Window in Rome

Valentino has stepped further into the realm of parody-masked-as-fashion-masked-as-parody (oh, who knows anymore), with the unveiling of its Rome flagship windows, featuring Zoolander’s Derek (AKA Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) in the flesh, striking some stellar Blue Steel poses with added  ‘kerpow!’ via some new martial art moves.  The windows marked a shameless tie-in with the Rome premiere of Zoolander 2 last night, which was attended by Valentino’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli (pictured pouting below) You have to admire the Italian label for taking on this facile theme full throttle; not since Miss Piggy was signed up for a fashion spread in InStyle wearing Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung and Brian Atwood in 2011, has there been such a fun fashion spoof.