After so much build up, Katie Holmes finally made her New York Fashion Week debut with her clothing line Holmes & Yang. The show by Holmes and stylist Jeanne Yang on Wednesday, featuring their spring/summer 2013 line, was a low-key presentation at New York’s Lincoln Center, with models standing in the center of the room rather than walking a catwalk. The show received fine reviews but it definitely had a ton of attention and a big crowd. I wonder why?
Katie’s celebrity status has grown considerably in the past three months after divorcing Tom Cruise in June. According to Fox News, The Holmes & Yang line is currently limited for purchase at select Barney’s stores across the country and Harvey Nichols in London. A clerk from the Beverly Hills Barney’s said that in the wake of Holmes’s high-profile divorce, her line has been selling particularly well. “Every editor will be at the Spring 2013 Holmes & Lang showing this September at New York’s Fashion Week. Katie’s divorce and the masterful manner in which she handled it, is shining a light onto anything that she does at this moment,” David Zyla, Emmy Award-winning stylist and author of The Color of Style, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column back in August. “This is a dream publicity opportunity for the label. The buyers will actually place their orders after the September show for delivery in February, so we will (have a better idea of its success) in the fall season.”
In an article titled “Really, We’re Just Here to See Katie” New York Times reporter Eric Wilson wrote:
“Holmes & Yang is the fashion collection started by the actress Katie Holmes and the stylist Jeanne Yang three years ago. But, for some reason, everyone was particularly excited about seeing it this season. There were paparazzi outside Lincoln Center, or more than usual, anyway. It was as if the designers were famous for something.”
Clearly, Katie’s celebrity buzz will help her line but showing at Fashion Week shows she is committed. “It’s an honor to present here, and we have been showing quietly before,” said Ms. Holmes (wearing, by the way, the best leather jacket of the collection). “This felt like a natural step. It’s not a full-blown fashion show. It’s a presentation, and it’s more relaxed, kind of the way we design and the way we’ve always run our business.”
Photo: Michael Carpenter/ WENN.com