FASHION WEEK: Katie Holmes Debuts New Clothing Line At Fashion Week, Critics React
While Katie Holmes' Fashion Week debut for her clothing line, Holmes & Yang, for which she teamed up with longtime stylist Jeanne Yang, wasn't the fanciest affair, set up presentation style with 14 models posing on pedestals instead of walking in the more elaborate runway show, it certainly was an anticipated celebrity highlight of New York Fashion Week.
Only about 150 people were admitted to the Lincoln Center event, despite massive requests for tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times. IMG sent out an email last night warning uninvited media to stay away from the event. "Please note that tomorrow's Holmes & Yang presentation is CLOSED to all media, unless you have already been approved by their team. No media will be allowed to enter the venue, unless you have a direct invitation from the Holmes & Yang PR team," the message emphasized.
Those media outlets who were invited, however, seem cautiously impressed by the new line. "It all looks very much like Katie," tweeted New York Times' fashion writer Eric Wilson. In Style's Ariel Foxman complimented one black-and-white dress and Glamour's Anne Christensen called the separates "great."
Both Holmes and her new partner, Yang, showed up to the event wearing similar black leather blazers over cream-colored shirts, black stretch pants and heels. "In terms of the presentation versus the show, we felt a presentation was more appropriate for the clothes we sell," Holmes told WWD. "It's a little more our speed in the way we wanted to go about it, and more of a transition for us from meeting privately with buyers in a hotel room to going right to a big show."
Holmes, whose models were made up by famed cosmetics artist Bobbi Brown, who also recently signed Holmes as her first-ever celeb spokesperson, described the new collection as "very simple, with very classic lines," and critics seem to agree, crediting the line with a "relaxed L.A. sensibility that really reflects what people wear every day," wrote the L.A. Times fashion critic Booth Moore. While some want to see more before they gush, there's a sense that Holmes' style might be here to stay, partly due to its simplicity.
"Looking stylish and casual is often ahrder than dressing up," Yang said in describing the niche that Holmes & Yang seeks to fill.
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