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

09/12/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

Katie Holmes Kevin Mazur/WireImage

It’s over: Katie Holmes made her New York Fashion Week debut Wednesday morning, presenting 14 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”).

Women’s Wear Daily had kinder words, writing that the designers “are following in the footsteps of Victoria Beckham and [Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen] of The Row, fashion’s most successful celebrity crossovers above the mass level.” The Los Angeles Times referenced the clothes’ “relaxed L.A. sensibility,” and added, “There’s no reason to think that the line won’t continue to gain momentum.” Vogue U.K. had the kindest words, writing that the looks “packed a lot of punch,” had “smart details,” were “well edited [and] jovial” and that Holmes & Yang seem to be making “attire that is desirable and covetable.”

Additional 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.”

Holmes & Yang Courtesy Eric Wilson

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, while OPI handled nails (using “Samoan Sand” topped with asymmetrical French tips).

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.”

Holmes & Yang Courtesy Times Fashion

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.”

Regardless of the critics’ opinions, 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.” Tell us: From these shots, what do you think of the Holmes & Yang collection?

–Kate Hogan

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Carol on

That is truly boring pieces. She should of stuck with Tom. This girl has NO talent anywhere.

Pam on

It all looks very much like Katie…calling this one a burn! Lmao that is hilarious! She doesn’t even dress like this herself though, she wears worn out pants, those tan boots, and a chambray shirt or something similar in every picture.

Unknown on

Love the line, its FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

@ Carol you have absolutely NO TASTE!!!!!!!

Sally on

Good for Katie. It’s so nice to see a wearable line. So much of fashion week is purely for that week and will never be worn except for a photo shoot in a mag (but then again that can be photoshopped). Best of luck to her and it looks great so far!

cab on

They look a lot better than some of the outfits I saw from fashion week from well established designers. Too bad she couldn’t have had them wearing different shoes though.

Kelly on

The line looks great, very wearable — love it!

Kat on

I can get similar or better stuff at Kohls for much less. Nothing outstanding/wow about the pieces.

DiDi James on

It’s nothing special…..—at all, sorry to say, not fashion, just clothes I won’t even wear!!!

Faye on

Maybe if the models had some meat on their bones and didn’t look like anorexic patients…. The clothes might not be half bad!

Boring on

Sorry Katie, better luck next time. This line is really boring. Not liking any of it at all.

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