Another Career Disappointment For Katie Holmes

0130 katieIt’s official: Katie Holmes will not be showing her wares at New York Fashion Week next month. Her fashion label, Holmes & Yang, has been a major focus for her since her divorce last year. Now, it seems, she’s over it — or at least scaling back.

Produced with her stylist, Jeanne Yang, the line made it Fashion Week debut last fall, and multiple (apparently) planted press items indicated that Katie was really, really serious about it. (“A source told us, ‘This is a big deal for Katie to show in the tents, under the full attention of the fashion editors and the glare of the media scrutiny. They could have done a small show elsewhere, so this proves she and Jeanne are very serious about their business.’”) But the show received blah reviews. There’s no word on why the pair decided not to show their wares in February.

This isn’t the first moment of career wilt for Katie since she abruptly left Cruise last summer. Her much-hyped Broadway performance in a play called Dead Accounts flopped, closing after just seven weeks. Reviews of her performance had been tepid at best. New York magazine called her “insanely miscast” and Time wrote that she was “overwhelmed by her co-star and lost in a mediocre play.”

It’s not like she’s got nothing going on, however. Earlier this month, she signed on to become the spokeswoman and co-owner of a hair-care company called Alterna. And last fall she was named the first celebrity face of Bobbi Brown makeup. So she’s got that going for her?

Still, it’s hard to argue that she would have been better off staying with Cruise for career reasons, let alone personal ones. Holmes’s career also suffered during her marriage, when she lost a starring role in the Batman series and chose roles in truly awful movies like Mad Money, and faced a series of professional disappointments, like her Kennedy movie going TV-only. So, here’s a crazy (if cruel) thought: What if Katie Holmes is just a pretty girl from Ohio, without any particular acting or design skills?

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