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Katie Holmes Shows Her Holmes & Yang Line; the Fashion World Reacts


It’s over: Katie Holmes made her New York Fashion Week debut Wednesday morning, presenting a handful of looks from her Holmes & Yang spring 2013 line to a select group of buyers, editors and fashionistas at the Lincoln Center tents. So … what’s the verdict?

“It all looks very much like Katie,” the New York Times‘s fashion writer Eric Wilson Tweeted (Suri’s Burn Book author Allie Hagan subsequently called this one a “burn”).
However, many Tweets were fairly sweet, with InStyle editor Ariel Foxman highlighting one clean black-and-white dress in particular, and Glamour‘s fashion director Anne Christensen calling the separates (and one specific navy moto jacket) simply “great.”

Other standouts included a dramatic black dress, cute black and blue frocks, red shorts and a camel-colored suede capelet. Bobbi Brown — who recently signed Holmes as her first-ever celebrity spokeswoman — did makeup for the show.

Holmes arrived at the tents early, decked out in black slacks, a white blouse, leather jacket, colorful pumps and gold jewels. The designer — who created the line with her stylist, Jeanne Yang — made a couple of adjustments to the models during the presentation, and chatted with a few people in the crowd (which included Smash star Katharine McPhee).

The actress recently told WWD that she and Yang wanted to present their line at Fashion Week “because the brand is growing and expanding … we thought we would have something a little more substantial.”

Showing their clothes Wednesday as a presentation (where models stand still and guests walk around them) as opposed to a standard runway show, Holmes said the method “was more appropriate for the clothes we sell … more of a transition for us from meeting privately with buyers in a hotel room to going right to a big show.”

Though full-length reviews from fashion authorities like Women’s Wear Daily and Style.com have yet to be published, Holmes can take solace in the fact that she felt confident in her designs — and isn’t afraid to fail.

“Who cares?” she told WWD when asked about taking such leaps of faith. “At least you tried. It’s usually the people who haven’t tried who are the naysayers.”

Kate Hogan