It’s no secret Katie Holmes has been designing a fashion line with her stylist Jeanne Yang since 2009 but she’s certainly not one to flaunt it. Granted, we’ve seen the A-lister wearing her own creations on a few select occasions – who could forget that silk and lace white jumpsuit, par exemple? But on the whole, she’s stayed pretty tight-lipped. Until now.
The design duo are on a mission to spread the Holmes & Yang love by zipping around the US to educate customers on their wares. And the latest stop on the mega tour? Barneys on Madison Avenue. Accompanied by her partner, Katie arrived at the superstore yesterday wearing a snug camel coat belted at the waist over a pair of cream suit trousers teamed with - wait, are those slippers?! Aside from the footwear faux pas, the actress was on top form trilling about her latest collection, which is for real women mixed with Diane Keaton in the 70s. Yup, it's that era again.
“We both love fashion and we both like to sew,” Katie told WWD, “although we don’t do the sewing.” Well, of course not, dear! Speaking of the fashion partnership, she explained that the pair’s differing styles complement each other - she is the ying to Yang’s er, yang - and the equation works to create “luxury quality”. So luxurious, in fact, that you can pick up one of their suede jackets for $2,500 or how about a lace and leather gown at a whooping $9,100? >gulp< “We wanted to make pieces that you could bend over and pick up your kid in and also look really elegant,” revealed Yang.
And who better to show us how it’s done than La Holmes herself? Because after the store appearance, the 32-year-old was the epitome sophistication while carting her adorable mini-me, Suri around the town. Her dove-grey ensemble consisted of a full Lanvin skirt worn with a matching tank top by The Row and a fluffy short-sleeved jacket. Heavens, doesn’t she scrub up well? “We know that women are on the go and do a lot of different sorts of things all in one day”, the actress told the NY Times. “Hopefully, this [collection] helps to provide them with some confidence in attacking all those different roles.” Well, Mrs Cruise, we think you’re doing a marvellous job.
- Jessica Vince