Even though Holmes & Yang--Katie Holmes's label with stylist Jeanne Yang--has been around for a few years, it really hasn't been on the fashion crowd's radar. That is until Holmes split from Cruise earlier this summer, and announced plans to show during New York Fashion Week.
Holmes & Yang made no bones about trying to step it up in the fashion department--and their Spring 2013 promised to be an effort to move their label in a more fashion-forward direction. So, how'd they do? From the good, to the bad, to the ugly, take a look at what the critics had to say about Holmes's and Yang's latest collection, and click through the gallery to see it for yourself.
New York Times' Eric Wilson:
"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...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."
"The 15 looks on display didn't exactly add up to a complete collection, but they did include several pieces of agreeable chic...A label release claimed [the collection] grew out of "personal necessity," but Holmes saw it a bit differently. "They're luxury items, so they're kind of what we want and what we wish for—it's not total necessities," she said. "But for a certain woman, it is a necessity. We're trying to create looks that fit into a woman's closet."...If that's the case, mission accomplished. And while there's plenty of room for Holmes & Yang to develop its offering and grow into a cohesive collection, the examples of the Olsens et al. suggest that this takes single-minded dedication. Holmes, for what it's worth, is working on a play and will start shooting a movie early next year."
"Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang are starting smart...More importantly, the designers could highlight their items-oriented concept [in a presentation format] without concern for the cohesiveness essential to a formal show...The display indicated that while classics make up the core of the lineup right now, the designers aspire to more than the perfect white shirt and trouser....A complete collection? Not yet. But the building blocks seem to be in place."
The verdict: Holmes & Yang's spring 2013 collection, though not without promise, was generally thought to be slightly lackluster given the expectations (and opportunities) afforded by Holmes' celebrity. The general complaint is that the collection was too small (14 or 15 looks does not a collection make, apparently), and not cohesive enough. However, thanks to celebrity designer trailblazers like Victoria Beckham and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, critics know better than to judge a label too quickly. There's still hope that Holmes & Yang could get it together to push forward slightly. I mean, if Kanye is getting second and third chances, even after getting generally panned, then surely Katie Holmes deserves them, too.
Click through to see the collection and tell us what you think.