July 30, 2009 10:32 PM

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Penelope Cruz may have looked red-hot when she arrived at the U.K. premiere of Broken Embraces today in a flame-colored suit that stole the show, but it turns out that she had to let fate play her fashion stylist for the event after her checked baggage went missing on a flight from Madrid to London. Fortunately, like any Hollywood fashionista, the actress was far from unprepared — and went with a stunning Bottega Veneta suit and wedges that she’d stashed in her carry-on. “I think someone took it. I think it was taken by someone with a fetish,” her director, and long-time mentor, Pedro Almodovar joked to reporters of the lost-luggage. Despite the set-back, however, the premiere was a huge success, and a high-spirited Penelope couldn’t help being captivated her surroundings at the grand Somerset House on the banks of the River Thames. “It is beautiful here — this is my first time here,” she said of the venue, which has been used to film James Bond scenes in the past. And while Somerset House might have been new to her, working with the Almodovar is old hat for the actress, whom she first met when she was 17. “I am working with one of my best friends but something changes when shooting starts and he becomes my director. I feel we are constantly moving,” she told reporters. “He is a genius.” Although she attended the premiere solo, her boyfriend, fellow Spanish actor Javier Bardem, was on her mind, and she revealed that the two took in an “incredible” show by U2 while in Paris earlier this month. “I have seen them many times,” she said, and added that she and Javier had even stayed with Bono at his home on the French Riviera for a few nights after the concert. Wonder if her luggage made it that night?–By Simon Perry

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