Holmes & Yang showed their spring 2013 presentation at Lincoln Center this week, and while it wasn't as highly desired a ticket as maybe Marc Jacobs' show, it might have been the hardest show to get into.
PR Consulting, the New York-based PR firm that handles the brand, was extremely choosy about who got to see the clothes -- mostly simple, fresh sportswear pieces that looked very L.A. -- and who got to talk to Katie Holmes and her stylist/design partner Jeanne Yang. In the end, the pair -- who graced the cover of THR's 2012 Style Issue -- paid the most respects to Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editors. Smash star Katherine McPhee, who was also seen at Michael Kors, made the cut, too.
The New York Post's Emily Smith tweeted, tongue firmly in cheek: "Media warned to stay away from Katie Holmes’ first fashion show (but please please write about it anyway)." She posted a link to a Page Six story on how the members of the press were warned not to crash Wednesday's show.
The New York Times always has the most important opinion: "It all looks very much like Katie," fashion writer Eric Wilson remarked on Twitter. Glamour's fashion director, Anne Christensen, praised the simple separates -- especially one navy jacket -- as "great." In Style's Ariel Foxman pointed out one simple, modern black and white dress as an item of appreciation.
To us, the freshest look was a red shorts outfit matched with a camel colored capelet in suede, over a camisol. Most of the dresses were on the very short side, it seemed -- but that trend extended to other shows, too.
Holmes herself wore a leather jacket, black pants and a white blouse with colorful shoes. All in all, the clothes on models seemed a little bit younger and girlier than what the 33-year-old soon-to-be-ex-Tom Cruise wears -- and somewhat more commercial.
In his post-show report, Wilson seemed to think the design duo played it too safe.
"Fourteen outfits on 14 models, none of them especially interesting other than that the models’ hair was pulled back into a ponytail in the style of Katie Holmes," he wrote. "A navy strapless dress, some slouchy leather pants, a motorcycle jacket and a dress with a questionable floral print – it was all perfectly commercial, but none of it added up to a statement. That seemed a missed opportunity, given the fickleness of fashion. You don’t get that many shots to make a splash at Fashion Week."
Did Holmes & Yang reinvent the wheel? Hardly. But they certainly didn't embarrass themselves either. And no magazine or paper would be giving them a negative review -- in case they don't get that Katie interview they're dying to get their hands on.