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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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chckpope February 09 2014 at 1:35 PM

Well at least they weren't stating how many drugs they could smuggle in it.
Drug OD's get no respect, they had none for themselves while alive so they get none from me when they do themselves in.

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stemar12 chckpope February 09 2014 at 1:46 PM

great saying you are right

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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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miller2039 February 09 2014 at 9:23 PM

Valentino I want a refund, how can I ever carry my bag anywhere again, I'm off to the storefront in Chinatown to return it now!!!!

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dorothytoto1956 February 09 2014 at 9:21 PM

that's Hollywood for you and all the rest that goes with it...the fashionable, the wanna be seens...i knew a fella that was into the wildest stuff imaginable...menage a trois, drugs, drinking, u name it...not a very nice person...he was into movie making and went to Hollywood for an entire TWO WEEKS...even he could not stand it there...he said himself that it was the most immoral, dog eat dog place he'd ever been...so, if they can make a buck off someone's misfortune, they will...

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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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alfredjsenior February 09 2014 at 9:11 PM

Oh please...crocodile tears, feigned outrage 'Shocked! Shocked.... that' media types and buzzards feed off their own when one of them dies. Good grief!

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fcbamber12 alfredjsenior February 09 2014 at 9:38 PM

Honestly I had not thought of it that way, but you are RIGHT! No doubt many were there just for the photo op! Now they are going to act all sickened and shocked if it will get their name in the paper.

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Mary Beth February 09 2014 at 9:04 PM

Someone who would wear Uggs to a funeral is just tacky.

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dtsv180 February 09 2014 at 9:04 PM

If you noticed what kind of handbag someone has at a funeral then you should not be at the funeral in the first place.

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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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