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.
In other words Prada--based on the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger--unfortunately plays upon the sitcom-y boss-from-hell scenario in which the young flunky manages to one up her superior in some valiant way. There are no surprises save for the fact that its set in the world of high fashion invoking all the fabulousness that entails and incorporates the amazing Streep as Miranda Priestly editor-in-chief of THE fashion magazine Runway. Oozing contempt and demanding perfection Miranda at first terrorizes her new assistant Andy (Anne Hathaway) an impressionable lass who wants to be a serious journalist and has no desire to be a “Clacker.” But that lasts for all of about 10 seconds. Andy is soon wearing those Jimmy Choo stilettos and clacking across the floor with the best of them--and the better she gets at her job the more her personal life falls apart. Naturally Andy wises up and realizes life isn’t about Dolce Gabbana and the rest of the gang. Still maybe she could keep one Prada handbag. You know just to remember the experience. Streep is having a nice little resurgence this year with two spectacular performances. In Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion she plays the sunny yet heartbroken half of a singing sister act--and in Prada she’s Satan incarnate. Quite a switch but in the ever-so-capable hands of the Oscar winner it’s a flawless transition. The best part of Streep’s Miranda is all the things she doesn’t say. It’s the searing looks the languid move of the hand--and the hushed tones. This isn’t Kevin Spacey’s screaming lunatic producer in Swimming with Sharks; this is about the threatening quiet and the sacrifices Miranda makes to be lonely at the top. Hathaway as a lovely Audrey Hepburn look-a-like manages to keep her head above water but still hasn’t quite gotten rid of her Princess Diaries gee whizzed-ness. But there’s potential. In supporting roles Stanley Tucci makes a memorable appearance as Miranda’s right-hand man at the magazine doling out snarky but sage advice to our heroine while Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage) plays nice as Andy’s patient boyfriend. The only other real standout star of Prada is the clothes. And the shoes. Oh and the handbags hats belts scarves and other accessories. Director David Frankel--a HBO flunky himself having directed several episodes of Entourage Sex and the City and even HBO’s hit mini-series Band of Brothers--captures this high-powered world of trend and style succinctly giving all fashionista wannabes everywhere a brief but meaningful inside peek. But the real kudos go out to costume designer Patricia Field (an Emmy winner for her work on Sex and the City) who must have had a lot of fun with Prada. She magically produces designs from Valentino (who also makes a small cameo) Donna Karan Bill Blass Galliano and of course Prada. It must be like a painter being given permission to recreate a Picasso or a Monet. Prada is predictable it’s true--but with Streep’s streaked white Cruella De Vil and all the great fashion it’s worth its weight in Versace.