A representative for actress Amy Adams has slammed bosses of designer brand Valentino for using a photograph of the star at Philip Seymour Hoffman's wake, branding the stunt "truly appalling". The fashion company came under fire after releasing a picture of Adams carrying a red Valentino handbag at a memorial for the tragic actor, with the caption, "We are pleased to announce Amy Adams carrying the Valentino Garavani Rockstud Duble bag from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Feb. 6 in New York."
A representative for the American Hustle star has now issued a response to the storm, telling E! Online the actress "is not a paid spokesperson for Valentino, and the suggestion she would use this moment to participate in a promotion is truly appalling".
Valentino bosses issued an apology for the mistake soon after releasing the photo and expressed regret over the incident.
Executives at fashion house Valentino have issued a public apology to Amy Adams after they were accused of promoting a new handbag by releasing a picture of the actress carrying the purse at Philip Seymour Hoffman's wake. The Oscar nominee was photographed carrying the red leather bag on Thursday (06Feb14), when she attended a memorial in New York in honour of her Doubt co-star, who was found dead on 2 February (14).
Officials at the luxury fashion firm subsequently sent out a press release with the snap of Adams holding the purse, adding, "We are pleased to announce Amy Adams carrying the Valentino Garavani Rockstud Duble bag from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Feb. 6 in New York."
Company bosses were accused of exploiting the actor's wake for publicity purposes, and executives have now issued an apology to Adams in a post on Twitter.com. The message reads, "We regret releasing a photo of Amy Adams with a Valentino bag. Unaware of the circumstances it was a mistake and we apologise to Ms. Adams."
Jennifer Lopez and Alan Cumming were the toast of the 2013 amfAR Inspirational Gala on Thursday (13Jun13) when they were feted for their tireless philanthropy efforts. Guests including Uma Thurman and Liza Minnelli gathered to salute the pair at The Plaza hotel in New York, where they were treated to a performance by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Vogue magazine contributing editor Andre Leon Talley was on hand to present Lopez with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work with the amfAR organisation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and her own Lopez Family Foundation, while Scottish actor Cumming received the Award of Courage from his close pal Minnelli for his continued work to promote public health and AIDS research.
Fashion designer Valentino Garavani was also celebrated at the bash, although he was unable to attend, leaving supermodel Iman to collect the Award of Inspiration on his behalf.
The gala raised funds for The Foundation for AIDS Research, with tickets priced at $1,200 (£774) each.
Having a tremendous year at the workplace — with The Dark Knight Rises doing gangbusters and Les Misérables garnering early Oscar buzz for the actress — Anne Hathaway decided to keep the amazing year going by adding another milestone to her 2012 belt: marriage.
According to Huffington Post, after a one year engagement to actor Adam Shulman, Hathaway tied the knot this weekend at a private residence in Big Sur, California. With 180 guests in tow, Hathaway walked down the aisle sporting a stunning dress from Valentino Garavani, one of the actress' close friends.
Following suit with her contemporary Natalie Portman, who married her longtime fiancee Benjamin Millepied last August, Hathaway employed the expert talents of wedding planner Yifat Oren to pull off the elegant affair.
Hathaway has played her fair share of glamorous roles: from a young ingenue in The Princess Diaries to the fair queen of Alice in Wonderland. But it's fitting that on her big day, she trumps them all with a style all her own. Is there anything she can't do?
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The Devil Wears Prada star is letting nothing slip about her upcoming wedding to Adam Shulman, but it appears it's not far off.
Valentino reveals he was asked to design her gown - and it's complete.
And the fashion king can't wait to see his "daughter" walk down the aisle.
He tells E! News, "She's a very good friend of mine... She's like my daughter!
"She's sensational. She's fantastic. She's a girl that... deserves what she has in this life.... She's already a great star. But she's going to be a great, great, great, great thousand times great star. She has all the qualities."
The designer refused to give out any information about the dress he has created for Hathaway.