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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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bclgme February 10 2014 at 9:50 AM

He was a drug addict. Why all the publicity. THAT is what is appalling!!!

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fifiwereking February 10 2014 at 5:29 PM

he was a great performer of stage and screen, AND a drug addict who remained sober for two decades before his horrible deathspin... there is much publicity due to the high esteem in which the industry held him, the shocking circumstances of his death, and the dismay of the performances we'll never get to see...

and, btw, NO ONE is just "a drug addict"... they're human beings...

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weepingsoul February 10 2014 at 9:38 AM

Oh get over yourself, she wasn't promoting his bag, not in a time like this! Where in the heck does this crap come from. Pleeze!

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James February 10 2014 at 8:04 AM

Outrage ----> Apology Gee, that hasn't happened before. It wasn't a "publicity stunt" - it was an observation.

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farrell900 February 10 2014 at 7:29 AM

and the press is giving him more publicity than his thoughtless statement

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commandercannonk February 10 2014 at 5:55 AM

how is that hope and change going?.....laughs

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dal February 10 2014 at 5:37 AM

Capitalism at it's best. Valentino's need to be boycotted for a year over this sick self promotion at a mans funeral.

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stsawyer2 February 10 2014 at 5:31 AM

I understand how some of you want to pile on following yet another "self-inflicted death of a Hollywood actor by heroin overdose" but some of the comments are just downright barbaric and colder than ice.........I say that ONLY because I really, really feel for those 3 young kids he left behind who now, for the rest of their lives, have their father's selfish and stupid life-ending act to deal with and who now have to answer endless questions year in and year out regarding a tragedy they had NOTHING to do with.....so f'n sad.

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James February 10 2014 at 8:16 AM

When you're done publicly congratulating yourself for your superior sensitivity regarding PSH's children, take solace in the fact that his status as primarily a character (rather than a star) actor and the smarmy manner of his death ensure that he will soon be forgotten by the public. The kids are highly unlikely to be badgered by questions regarding their father's death, although it's easy to underestimate the sleaziness of the media.

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fifiwereking February 10 2014 at 5:22 PM

psh piled up numerous awards and nominations during an impressive body of work on both stage and screen.... he was incredibly talented, along the lines of another "character" actor, spencer tracy - an alcoholic who has never been forgotten by the industry, serious students of acting, and much of the movie-going public.... hoffman will be remembered for many years to come....

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Mike February 10 2014 at 5:31 AM

Who cares what purse she carried to the funeral, this is a non issue , made an issue by the brainless with no sense and nothing better to focus on. Stay on the real issue, the death of a troubled actor due to a drug overdose !!!

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dal February 10 2014 at 5:39 AM

Mike so it would be ok to slap some retailer stickers all over you mothers casket like a NASCAR racer?

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rozspozs2 February 10 2014 at 4:58 AM

It seems that the only ones posting on this site have English as a second language. It is frightening to see the depth of ignorance exposed through the mis-spellings, and near illiterate lack of punctuation. NO there are no grammar police, but there should be. The structure of most of these comments are either a shocking indictment of the public school system's failure to educate our citizenry; or the people's in capacity to retain what they were taught. I don't care I am sick of the garbage that passes for valid editorial expression; **** off you idiots!

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ljsfinances February 10 2014 at 11:02 AM

Thank you! What you posted is also correct about journalists. I am tired of the lack of punctuation. Without it, a sentence must be read several times to understand it's meaning.

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moody2night February 10 2014 at 4:41 AM

National tragedy WHAT A JOKE FEEL SORRY FOR DEAD DOPEHEAD ACTOR HA HA HA Dident feel sorry for cobain either

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fgulli720 February 10 2014 at 6:16 AM

Well goood for you! Remember j k ass a little compassion goes a long way.

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James February 10 2014 at 8:20 AM

The idea isn't to feel sorry for dead dopeheads. What you're supposed to do is parade your sensitivity by pretending to worry about their families. Come on, get with the program!

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