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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kargar on

Dull and boring. Did not even fit well on the model. Just because you have a famous name, does not mean you should have a fashion line. If you are famous, you should have outstanding, innovative fashion style of your own. Not dowby, boring everyday clothing style. Therefore I can understand Victoria Beckham or even Nichole Ritchie, but Katie Holmes and the Olsen twins- I dont get it.

June on

Sorry but none of her clothes appeal to me, they are not my style or what I would wear. I am just being honest but they could easily be mistaken for clothes bought from Walmart, nothing special or outstanding about these clothes. Besides, why would I want to buy clothes from a designer that wears those old, worn out tan boots repeatedly like they are all she has? Katie needs to realize everyone is watching how she dresses out in public so if she wants to be taken seriously, she needs to start dressing smart and wear shoes that are in excellent condition.

Steve on

Didn’t see anything that stood out to me and Yelled “buy me” not impressed,..

Karolina on

I like the clothes – they seem sophisticated and classy however, the price point is way to high for the average person. I think you can easily find similiar styles for much less.

CinciTina on

Ah, another clothing line for pretty, skinny people. When will someone create a line for regular-shaped women???

Pips on

Yikes, not good. Is this line for K-mart or Sears??

Pips on

Yikes, is this line for K-mart or Sears??

Pat on

yawn!

Trish on

I have seen better at Target!

rexann boyd on

I actually love her style and love what she has created! She is more than an actress, clearly!

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