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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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dmbgolfer2 February 09 2014 at 1:27 PM

REALLY? Who cares..what people should care about is the fact that a great actor mad the wrong choices and died over it..

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Terry February 09 2014 at 9:02 PM

For crying out loud, how stupid can this kind of thing be? What a world we have now......

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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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sknrfile February 09 2014 at 9:02 PM

that's pretty horrible... for a wedding i can see it, for a funeral?? noooo totes lack of respect.. to use something like a funeral as a billboard is just plain wrong.

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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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emmett February 09 2014 at 10:39 PM

It's outrageous that this solemn event was used to hawk merchandise. Valentino has turned haute couture into rags in a sewer .

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viviglam emmett February 09 2014 at 11:33 PM

Honestly the "Plasticky" overpriced Valentino bags are ridiculous.

I love well designed and well crafted fashion. I am happy to pay more for high quality merchandise. However, so much of it has become overpriced, less than stellar bags that look like knock offs rather than originals.

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kwhodges February 09 2014 at 2:08 PM

and I bet not one single person will send Valentino back his overpriced ugly bag or stop from buying another one.

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