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Katie Holmes launches her clothing line in Dallas

SMU Daily Campus
By Krystal Schlegel

Actress Katie Holmes and designer Jeanne Yang touched down at NorthPark Center for a trunk show revealing their collection Holmes and Yang to Dallas shoppers and fashion enthusiasts.

The ready-to-wear clothing line, officially launched during Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This is the duo's third collection, but the first time it is being sold at Barneys New York in Dallas.

Barneys' Personal Shopper Paula Acosta said the designers did a trunk show instead of a fashion show because they wanted to do something intimate and personal with their Dallas clients. They wanted to get into the dressing room and do a fitting one-on-one.

"This was the launch of the spring collection that's already in stores. People could come, try on and take home, as opposed to fashion shows where it won't be in stores until the next season," Acosta said.

The designers styled their line with other designers' pieces. They want their clients to wear the clothes with pieces they already have in their closets

"In a Barneys staff meeting before the trunk show, the designers could not stress enough that their line is not to be worn head to toe. Mix it back with what you already have almost like a wardrobe extending," Acosta said.

Holmes styled her favorite silk and lace dress with colorful sparkling Christian Louboutins. The other force behind the line, Yang styled her favorite top with The Row black leather leggings. Yang pointed out that the lace used on the clothing is the same Hermes uses and showed how the chain detailing in the jackets resemble Chanel.

Acosta said her favorite piece from the collection was the military green shirtdress.

"We sold out of it and ordered more. It was a big hit because of the versatility. It can be worn into spring and summer with different accessories," Acosta said.

The timeless line with trendy notes is really meant for anyone. Acosta said she sold one long dress to a young girl to wear for her senior prom and a skirt with built-in spanks for an older client.

"The pieces are really appealing to everyone with a mix of classic and sexy styles," Acosta said.

Dallas liked the preview. Barneys almost sold out of the fall collection with only a few pieces left. Acosta pointed out that the dress Holmes was wearing was in popular demand. The collection starts at $500 and sizes run from zero being a small to three being large.

"There is something for everyone in this collection, no matter their age or lifestyle," Acosta said.