Katie's classic style takes on a life of its own as her Holmes & Yang collection makes New York Fashion Week debut
21:28 GMT, 12 September 2012
Katie Holmes will always be best known for playing the adorable Joey in Dawson's Creek. But today, the actress was in serious designer mode as she and Jeanne Yang presented their Holmes & Yang collection in New York.
The newly-single star, 33, was pictured styling the models, perfecting each look before it went on show to buyers and press.
It was a collection typical of her style, and given her heightened profile lately, one that other women will be keen to emulate.
Designer mode: Katie Holmes puts the finishing touches to a look at the Holmes & Yang presentation today
Design duo: The actress posed with her stylist and business partner, Jeanne Yang, before showing the collection to a small group of press and buyers
Tailored pants, camisoles and midi-length dresses were the order of the day, in a wearable palette of caramel, acidic khaki and plenty of black.
A chambray-like shade of blue and punchy red helped lift the easy, boyish separates into statement item territory.
Though it was a spring/summer collection, outerwear featured too: classic blazers, trench coats and even a cropped cape topped the models' looks.
Holmes run: It was a collection typical of the actress's style, and given her heightened profile lately, one that other women will be keen to emulate
Modern classics: Tailored pants, camisoles and midi-length dresses were the order of the day, in a wearable palette of caramel, acidic khaki and plenty of black
And should Ms Holmes need to attend a red carpet event, she can take her pick from eveningwear such as the strapless jumpsuit with beaded fringing.
Explaining why the label chose to show as a presentation, rather than a catwalk show, Ms Holmes told WWD earlier this month: 'In terms of the presentation versus the show, we felt a presentation was more appropriate for the clothes we sell.
'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.'
Warm front: Though it was a spring/summer collection, outerwear featured too: classic blazers, trench coats and even a cropped cape topped the models' looks
The actress herself continued the theme of the collection in a simple cream top, black skinny pants and a tailored leather jacket – all of her own design – with Jeanne Yang mirroring the look, albeit with a crisp white shirt.
Given Ms Holmes's fame, of course, the presentation was a hot ticket, but attendance was strictly limited, and those who weren't deemed important enough for an invite were reminded of that fact in a stern email from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week organisers IMG Fashion.
'Tomorrow’s Holmes & Yang presentation is CLOSED to all media… unless you have a direct invitation,' it read.
Those present deemed it a hit, however. Vogue UK said it was 'packed full of wearable, covetable pieces.'