Katie Holmes has kept a low profile since her split from Tom Cruise, but that didn't stop her from coming out and smiling for photographers at Donna Karan's 30th anniversary show, held in a special venue on Wall Street Monday night in lieu of Karan's usual spot in Chelsea.
The space was impressive, framed against giant, ceiling-tall video screens that played an amorphous montage of women's bodies splitting, doubling and merging like butterflies. After the initial video, the venue went dark and three models walked out onto the runway -- wearing, we saw as the lights went on, sexy, slim-fitting black jackets paired with small shorts, thigh-high boots and stilettos.
The rest of the collection -- modeled by such well-recognized figures as Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova and Hillary Rhoda -- was equally sexy, a retrospective of the many looks that has made Karan such a dominant force in fashion for the past 30 years. There were sweeping dresses in black and burgundy, cut into low Vs on the chest or as high slits on the legs; black wool coats with powerfully rounded shoulders; and chic, simple (but sharply) cut jackets and suits that would require a demure blouse to be suitable for the office.
The collection was a reminder that, for Karan, sexy is powerful.