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Valentino apologizes for promoting bag seen at Philip Seymour Hoffman wake

Valentino Apologizes For Promoting Bag Seen At Philip Seymour Hoffman Wake

Designer Valentino has apologized for a fashion faux pas that angered many fans and friends of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The fashion house's representatives emailed various news outlets photos of actress Amy Adams carrying one of its newest handbags Friday at Hoffman's wake in Manhattan Thursday.

The New York Post reports the publicist's email read, "We are pleased to announce Amy Adams carrying the Valentino Garavany [sic] Rockstud Duble [sic] bag from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Feb. 6 in New York."

A USA Today entertainment reporter tweeted her response after receiving the email, using the hashtags "tasteless" and "ew."

ABC reports a representative for Adams calls the publicity stunt "truly appalling" and confirms the actress was not aware of her name being used for this purpose.

The fashion house has since apologized, tweeting: "We regret releasing a photo of Amy Adams with a Valentino bag. Unaware of the circumstances it was a mistake and we apologize to Ms. Adams."

But Valentino might not be the only one in hot water for seemingly using Hoffman's wake as a publicity venture. As the New York Post reports, UGG Australia sent boots as gifts to celebrities attending the wake and funeral, hoping they would wear them for publicity purposes.

Adams and Hoffman co-starred in several films including "Doubt" and "The Master" and were set to work together again later this year.

Hoffman was found dead last week in his apartment after an apparent drug overdose. The actor was 46 years old.

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Sherrie Dobbie February 09 2014 at 1:25 PM

this country and its "entitled" nut jobs really need a reality check. We have lost our way on so many levels, including just basic respect for the loss of someone now dead. Why the hell would anyone give a flip if there is a new handbag out or that someone is wearing Ugg boots at a FUNERAL. Are you really all that brain dead in the fashion world?

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G.A. DeGirolamo February 09 2014 at 1:46 PM

The priorities in this country are so screwed up. Like anyone cares what handbag she was carrying at the service.

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Hello Mary February 09 2014 at 1:53 PM

I am heart broken every time any person becomes an addict to anything that is so life destroying. I weep for the thousands of addicts that die each year. The value of a human being can not be measured. Each person's potential to do good, to create, as we see in the artistry of PHS, can not be duplicated by another individual. Each of us is uniquely created. I am so glad this individual had the chance to create offspring, had the chance to use his gift. I am so sorry he did not get the chance to overcome his addiction. Let his passing stir in us gratitude for what each of us has been blessed with and compassion for those who can not seem to grasp it.

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aLaNa&cArLoS February 09 2014 at 1:55 PM

I'm surprised a designer could be so narcissistic.

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rocker February 09 2014 at 6:52 PM

the guy committed sucide accidental or not what a loser

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jijjhnsn rocker February 09 2014 at 6:59 PM

He's a big star, can't do no wrong. If it had been a 'joe blow' off the street he will called what a mess to the society.

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Maire! jijjhnsn February 09 2014 at 7:48 PM

And he's only a "big star" to those who think that's the most important thing in life. For most of us, who cares?

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pasgfy February 09 2014 at 6:48 PM

if you you don't post like this article, NO ONE WILL NOTICE the stupid bag!
who the heck cares!!!!!!!

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jijjhnsn pasgfy February 09 2014 at 7:00 PM

Only idiotic fools will buy such a bag at high price.

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m.lombard1 February 09 2014 at 6:46 PM

That's hollywood for you, they cash in when they have a child so why not when someone dies, the next reality TV show "Funerals of the Rich and Famous", yep you heard it here folks people will be dying to get on.

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americaback12 February 09 2014 at 1:58 PM

Valentino lost it this time. Why this is news is unreal to me.

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nkowalak February 09 2014 at 1:58 PM

A woman lost the man she loved and the father of her children. Who cares what purse she was carrying. A purse is a purse is a purse! What really counts people is what is in them not the designer!

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whitebright2 nkowalak February 09 2014 at 2:13 PM

It was one of his co-stars carrying the bag--not the mother of his children, just fyi.

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Say NO to libs! nkowalak February 09 2014 at 2:49 PM

Mimi O'Donnell wasn't carrying the offensive purse, Amy Adams was. TRY to keep up, m'kay?

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Mik's $ Toy February 09 2014 at 2:00 PM

tasteless commercialism by designers - crude and rude - to use a funeral to hawk their items - one more reason why NOT to buy their over-priced products and stick with American made

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schlauger1 Mik's $ Toy February 09 2014 at 3:37 PM

Just maybe, Ms. Adams was dressing for a funeral and grabbed an handbag without thinking it would raise a s s... storm. Man. don't sweat the small stuff.

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