Feh Played: Katie Holmes

Some fancy-pants style awards took place in New York as a precursor to Fashion Week, and it marked Katie Holmes’ first big red carpet appearance since the divorce.

Disappointing, right? She’s younger than I am, but she’s dressed — though tastefully and all — like a society matron. I’d hoped that for her first time out she’d blow us away with something unexpected and funky and maybe even sexy in a way it never seemed like she was allowed to be when she was on Team Cruise. Caveat: She was there to present something to Carolina Herrera, and therefore is probably wearing Carolina Herrera. But she also is wearing something that it looks like Carolina Herrera — who is 73 — handed over out of her own closet. ¬†You don’t HAVE to wear a collared shirt just because Herrera always does, AND the shirt and the skirt don’t even seem to be playing nice together. I want to separate them and put them both in time out to think about their transgressions… then give them a hug and a cookie and send them off to play baseball in the yard. Look, I’m not a total tyrant.

[Photo: Getty]

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Comments (36):

  1. Erin

    In the picture on the People site, she’s rocking the patented Joey Potter side smirk, which is how I feel about this. Meh. Glam it up, you’re free!!

  2. Stefanie

    Pair that button down with a great pair of dark jeans and Im on board.

    Burn the skirt in the fiery depths of hell and I’m even more on board.

  3. Jill

    Not only is the skirt atrociously ugly, but it looks too big. Makes her looks shapeless as all hell.

  4. qwertygirl

    There seems to be a positive rash of wearing things together that simply don’t go. Is it a phase of the moon? Something in the water? Or are they all just messing with us (“OK, they’re on to us with the transparency. This week, everyone wear a skirt and blouse that a blind ferret could tell don’t go together.”)?

  5. Chicklet

    Change the style of the skirt into a well-fitting pencil skirt and everything’s fine. The current shape is horrible.

  6. Lynne

    Sigh. I was really hoping we could blame Katie’s questionable style choices on Tom. Oh, Katie. You could do so much better.

    • Annie S.

      Tom wasn’t responsible for the hideousness of her Holmes & Yang dreck – he just bankrolled it (probably). Girlfriend cannot dress herself, except, apparently, when she and Posh are friendly.

  7. Jeanne

    Katie always seems to be living in some alternate universe, to me. We both live in NYC, and yet so many pictures show her wearing long sleeve shirts and sweaters when it’s crazy hot and humid! Even Suri is dressed for summer. Is she one of those ladies who is perpetually freezing?

  8. pidget

    I would keep the shirt, and swap in some zippy cadmium-red pants (well-fitted and hemmed, please). Add brighter lipstick, funky shoes, and we’re good to go!

    Can’t she ask Posh for help?

  9. AmyK

    I can see Martha Stewart wearing the hell out of this.

  10. Ranee Singleton

    Black halter top to show off her gorgeous shoulders and do the skirt in a mid-thigh pencil skirt.

    The detailing on this skirt is so pretty and I like the black and gold, but what hot young woman wears an A-line skirt for the love of Pete?

    And those shoes, in my part of the country, are called “clodhoppers.”

    • pantsonfire

      Huh. I have to say that I don’t think there is anything inherently old or dowdy about an A-line. Rather, it’s a good, flattering cut for some figures. It just depends on the exact skirt.
      I would also note that I don’t technically think KH’s skirt is A-line. It’s more of a full skirt, with the pleats. It’s really ballooning in a way that A-line’s typically don’t.

  11. Carol

    This could have worked but it’s very hard to tell the fit against the black background … and she’s walking along as if she’s been handcuffed from behind … if the decorative waist was a bit higher, snugly fit, and the skirt was narrow, might be a winner. Also hard to tell what her hair is doing but looks like a very boring ponytail.

  12. mary lou bethune

    She looks relieved… what more can we ask? If she has the moxie to extricate herself and keep her child and her reputation then we need not worry… she will prevail.

  13. Ruth

    Girlfriend does not know how to dress her body. She’s got a long torso and straight up and down waist. She never knows how to flatter her waist and legs. Sigh.

  14. Carol

    Dear Katie, remember Princess Di and THAT black dress after she split from Charles? This is what we were expecting from you, more or less. You’re FREE NOW, darling. Show it with colours, bling and a fierce pump.

    The Public

  15. TonyG

    Skirt bad. But, the shoes are horrendous.

  16. pantsonfire

    I agree with that this outfit could be saved by making the skirt a pencil cut. Katie Holmes is of the variety of gal that seems to frequently wear the exact wrong thing for her shape (long torso with shorter legs). She should not be wearing a skirt with a waist that drops into box pleats or whatever those are. It really draws the eye down, down, down, and really imbalances her figure. I also think the shirt, while totally non-controversial (I own a similar shirt) and great with pants or a pencil skirt for work, isn’t fun or fashion-y enough for this event. A black silk tank or halter would be better, as others have suggested. And different shoes, please.

  17. CARLY

    The shirt is too big for her, the skirt sits too low on the waist + is too poofy + is the wrong length, the shoes are twee, the jewelry is missing, and her posture is poor. Other than that, it’s great.

  18. jhbrt

    too be fair, this is a horrible photo. there were a bunch more where she looked incredibly chic and put together.

  19. Mel

    I like the idea of the skirt, in particular the detailing at the top. And I also agree that this is an unflattering photo. But I think black on top is just ugh on her, as it is on so many people, and she’d be much nicer in a colour. And I agree with other comments that she doesn’t know how to dress for her body, which is a real shame considering she had access to so much money and could hire all the stylists in the world to assist her, but I’m guessing that since she started her own clothing range, she thinks that she knows how to dress herself (and others).

    As for dressing too old, she’s often done that, and that one time that springs to mind is when she made one of her first ‘appearances’ after having Suri, when they were at the beach and she was wearing that black swimsuit with the belt around the middle. I think she was in her late 20s then, she should totally have been wearing something fun and young, but no, boring black and a style much too old for her.

  20. Kristina

    I dont know why people say she wasn’t allowed to be sexy with Tom. She got dressed up vixen style plenty of times, remember the whole phase where her hair was bobbed? That being said, this skirt is really awful. It doesn’t fit her well. If there was going to be so much volume on bottom she should have defined the waist more.

  21. R

    Aside from the rest of the outfit which is not particularly flattering, I’m thinking to myself…’A ponytail, really! Is that the best hairstyle that access to the world’s finest stylists can get you?’ That’s the kind of hairstyle I do as I’m walking out the door for work and haven’t done my hair.

  22. Elaine

    33 going on 74….

  23. Christine

    I honestly, genuinely think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world and I positively envy her with every little green cell in my body. But she really doesn’t seem to get it exactly right very often. She doesn’t look horrible, but something is always just OFF. And it’s so frustrating since she’s so gorgeous!!!

  24. Crystal

    She looks like a walking perfume bottle. Eau de Potter.

  25. vandalfan

    How can she not realize that she can’t dress herself to save her life? What is it, complete arrogance (don’t think so), or some how trying to distract everyone from the fact that she’s a young, beautiful female?

  26. Polly

    I’d’ve loved to have seen her in Emma Watson’s outfit! Hot!

  27. Nancy

    Thank you for writing “Feh.” It’s my favorite word.

  28. Bambi Anne Dear

    Is it a wrap around that’s not been far enough wrapped around?

  29. Valeria

    Many valid comments here, but consider this: Katie decided to wear something easy and comfortable and adult instead of a dress that’s tailored so tightly that she couldn’t sit down or some “dress” constructed of see-thru lace. Let’s applaud her for dressing to please herself and not other people — that’s refreshing.

  30. Sajorina

    I think she looks fine! It’s simple, but classically elegant and very Carolina Herrera! I wish the skirt was a whole gold dress with the black accent at the waist, and the hem was shorter! Still, I like the shoes & the simplicity of the hair & makeup! Would’ve died for some earrings, though!

  31. halley

    There are two main problems that I see:

    1. Those two pieces dont go together at all. the shirt is super casual, and the skirt is super dressy.

    2. It doesnt fit. That skirt looks three sizes too big, and the shirt looks too big too. Shapelss, party of one, your table is ready.

    If it fit properly, and that skirt was maybe a penicl skirt instead of a gold weather balloon, I could probably get behind it.

  32. Emma

    This photo isn’t great, but I must be the only person in the world who thought she looked pretty great at this event: just chic and understated and pulled-together. Very NY.

  33. Lily1214

    Society matron, yes.