Diageo's Ciroc channels Zoolander's 'Blue Steel' pose for limited edition bottle

Diageo premium vodka Cîroc has sought inspiration from the catwalk with a limited edition 'Derek Zoolander Blue Steel' bottle designed in collaboration with fashion photographer Mario Testino.

Zoolander 'Blue Steel': the supermodel's steely gaze is the inspiration for a limited edition Ciroc bottle
Zoolander 'Blue Steel': the supermodel's steely gaze is the inspiration for a limited edition Ciroc bottle

The limited edition Cîroc bottle is blue with a hint of iridescence, and has apparently been inspired by fictional supermodel Zoolander’s ‘Blue Steel’ pose - a look that couples pursed lips with a steely gaze.

Diageo’s partnership with Paramount Pictures comes ahead of the release of Ben Stiller’s sequel to 2001’s Zoolander, which goes on general release next month.

Testino, who was creative director on Cîroc’s ‘On arrival’ campaign, was instrumental in the design of the bottle, which comes in a standard 70cl format, as a 1.75cl bottle available in select bars, and a 3l collector’s edition. All formats have been designed to be, in the famous words of Derek Zoolander, "really, really ridiculously good-looking".

Diageo is not the first brand seeking to capitalise on the publicity around Zoolander 2 - last week, Fiat hooked up with Paramount for a campaign which sees the fictional supermodel manoeuvring a Fiat 500X for the perfect traffic camera shot of himself.

Sam Reader, reserve marketing director Europe at Diageo, said: "Zoolander 2 is set to be one of the biggest blockbuster films of 2016 so this partnership is a hugely exciting project for Cîroc and for our customers both in the on and off-trade.

"The super-premium spirits market is growing fast as consumers are willing to spend more on luxury drinks and Cîroc is driving much of the excitement in the vodka category. This limited edition bottle is a fun addition to the range that will appeal to both fans of the brand and fans of the film."

Testino added: "The Cîroc blue is a consistent colour throughout all shoot creative and 'Blue Steel' is of course Zoolander’s iconic pose, so that, together with the bottle design married seamlessly."

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