WHAT KATIE DID
Despite the canny timing, reviews have been mixed: The New York Times’ Eric Wilson said that none of the 14 outfits were “especially interesting other than that the models’ hair was pulled back into a ponytail in the style of Katie Holmes.” Earlier, he quipped on Twitter that “it all looks very much like Katie.”
“We are proud we make 95 percent of the collection in New York and the knits in L.A.,” Holmes said.
Women’s Wear Daily lauded the collection for its classics, but stopped short of calling it a complete collection. British Vogue praised the pieces for their “surprising and smart details, like beaded fringe decorating the side-seam of a pair of dark, satin-y pants.” Booth Moore, fashion critic at the Los Angeles Times, lauded Holmes and her stylist, Jeanne Yang, for “elevating casual dress” and “mixing masculine and feminine style,” although she cautioned that the duo still has to “show us more about what their particular brand of fashion is all about.”
The designers, in their show notes, spokes of their garments’ timelessness, quality of construction, and made-in-the-U.S. provenance. “Meant to surpass a single season, each piece becomes modern day armor that allows the wearer to feel beautiful and confident not only in her clothes, but in who she is as a woman,” they wrote.
“We are proud we make 95 percent of the collection in New York and the knits in L.A.,” Holmes told Moore. “That was how we began, wanting to use amazing people in America to make our clothes. We’ll see where it takes us.”