Ben Stiller and Penélope Cruz Turn the Zoolander 2 Premiere Into a High-Fashion Runway

02/09/2016 at 08:05 PM ET

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The Zoolander 2 premiere in New York City was the most ridiculously good looking fashion fete ever!

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz and Will Ferrell were all in character as Derek Zoolander, Hansel, Valentina and Mugatu, respectively, to celebrate the U.S. debut of the highly-anticipated sequel on Tuesday at Lincoln Center, the former home of New York Fashion Week.

“Um, well that was Derek, that wasn’t me,” Stiller tells PEOPLE when asked if he channeled his on-screen alter ego. “When Derek is out there, it isn’t me and he channels something from higher, you know? It’s just like a pure inner beauty that he channels that I can’t take any responsibility for.”

Also in attendance was screenwriter Justin Theroux, who dressed as his character, the Evil DJ. He even took over for celebrity DJ Skrillex after he walked the red carpet-turned-faux runway! (Then he changed into his normal clothes and joined love Jennifer Aniston on the carpet.)

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We just dove right in and it was fantastic. We had such a great time with it,” Ferrell shares with PEOPLE.

While all eyes were on the all star cast, we spotted supermodels such as Gigi Hadid and Stella Maxwell strutting their stuff in spring looks by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Valentino as part of the show.

The hilarious and ingenious marketing stunts for Zoolander 2 first began almost a year ago when Derek and Hansel closed the spring 2016 Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week in March 2015.

My kinda fashion show

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Also featured in the Stiller-directed comedy are Kristen Wiig and Kyle Mooney as well as a slew of celebrity cameos from Justin Bieber, Anna Wintour, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne.

Zoolander 2 hits theaters Feb. 12.

Karen Mizoguchi with reporting by Jessica Fecteau

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SLEMON on

Stiller and Wilson look so ridiculous. Fifty year old men should not try to portray these characters. They and Madonna need to give it up and get old gracefully. I fell embarrassed for them because they don’t have the good sense to feel it themselves.

kelleye1980 on

Slemon do you understand the premise? Obviously not. It’s about aging models. I’m embarrassed for you commenting on something you know nothing about. You have clearly never seen the first movie, so why are you even commenting?

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The first one was such a critical bomb how did they ever get to make a second one?

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