Katie Holmes for C Magazine

Posted on July 24, 2012

Miss Katie isn’t quite ready to break out the toothy grins yet – even though she has every reason to do so – which means we’re still in the land of Oh-So Serious-Katie for this post-Cruise press tour. Oh-So-Serious Katie should be the heroine of a series of children’s books, now that we think about it. Oh-So-Serious Katie and the Case of the Creepy Cult. Oh-So-Serious Katie and the Mystery of Mapother Gulch. Oh-So-Serious Katie and the Secret of SURI.

We would buy the SHIT out of those books.


Tom Ford Dress

Katie Holmes covers the September 2012 issue of C Magazine photographed by Matt Jones.

Blouse by Hermès. Pants by Holmes & Yang.

Blazer by Holmes & Yang. Pants by Ralph Lauren. Hat by Louis Vuitton. Ring by Harry Winston.

Dress by Holmes & Yang. Jewelry by  Jennifer Meyer.

 But she takes a pretty picture, yes? Even if she’s coming off a little stiff and plastic.

[Photo Credit: magazinec.com]

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  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Gurl looks awesome here. The clothes aren’t especially challenging choices. They showcase her well, though.

    • EveEve

      Welcome back to Earth, Ms. Holmes!  You’re looking fab.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Can I have an, AMEN?

  • http://twitter.com/cupidissimo Feathers McGraw

    I like how she looks at the cray-cray hat with a thought bubble going “So that’s Vuitton? Hmm…”

  • A. W.

    That hat is so dumb, it reminds me of the crushed velvet clown hats that were so popular in the 90s.

    • fursa_saida

      Full-on depressed Dr. Seuss.

    • http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaGrezak Adrianna Grężak

      I hope the stylist was intentionally having fun with that, she wore one on Dawson’s Creek

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

      Jamiroquai, for real.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I love that hat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Same face, just moved the neck angle.  She has a beautiful face to photograph, but this is flat out boring. 

  • mjude

    i am already over her.


      She’s one of those celebrities that I just cannot figure out for the life of me how they got famous.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh-so-serious Kate also looks a tad more grown than grinning over-perky Kate & it lets one appreciate her good looks.

  • Funkykatt

    I have a friend who is deep in that cult of which you comment. It is creepy. Thank goodness Katie escaped .And she looks better than ever. 

  • alyce1213

    I like it. She has such beautiful bone structure. But she ought not to lose any more divorce weight or she will look skeletor.

  • SummerSquash

    Oh-So-Serious Katie and the Disappearing Disposable Cell

  • Cathy S

    She’s pretty. And I love that last dress.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

      it seems to have furry shoulder straps…. ?!

      • Cathy S

         Now that you mention it, they do look a little fuzzy. Hmm. Still like the dress though. :) Maybe it’s the cat lover in me.

  • http://magnetgirl.tumblr.com Anika

    I love her Wouldn’t It Be Loverly look with the hat. She looks best on the cover. 

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

    With her having been swanning around for years looking so sadly out of it, I’d forgotten how truly striking she really is.  Good for her, she’s getting her mojo back. I can’t wait till she breaks out a smile.

    • sagecreek

      Same here. I’m so happy she’s free!

      • LambeeBaby

         I too forgot how lovely she is. She looks smokin’ hot on the cover. Good for Oh-so-serious Katie and the escape from Cruise-catraz.

        • HomeOfficeGirl

          LambeeBaby FTW!!

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          Cruise-catraz! Brilliant!

  • ccinnc

    Not crazy about the flyaway, messy hair, but I like that nutty hat on her and she isn’t smirking.

    • famousamy

      Yeah, her hair is really bothering me. It looks so dry and brittle, especially in the second picture.

  • http://twitter.com/Hussified Coleen

    That dress is so pretty that I’m having trouble believing it’s from Holmes & Yang.

    • H3ff

      I think it looks photoshopped on. The bodice over her hand (and the shadows) just don’t look right.

  • MilaXX

    Not bad. She nearly always takes good pics in editorials though

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      She’s on my irrational hate list in real life, but she does take an incredible portrait. The camera loves her posed face.

  • http://twitter.com/TheTaleFactory Lebogang Mogashoa

    That cover is giving me shades of Angelina Jolie, which is fitting given her new bad-ass (well, in addition to innocent victim) media narrative.  Hers is becoming the fastest celebrity image overhaul isn’t it? Oscars 2014. The hat is adorably insane.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    She looks strung out to me, but I would be strung out too if I’d just escaped from a marriage with a deeply closeted cult leader.

  • shirab

    So was this editorial in the works prior to The Divorce, as the Elle one was, or does this magazine have a quicker turnaround time and they snagged her (or she arranged to be snagged) post-escape? Interesting planning and prep on her part if it’s the former.

  • MarissaLG

    This spread is fine, but what about is has anything to do with CALIFORNIA STYLE? The only thing that seems west-coasty is the second photo but that’s just because she looks kinda sloppy. If I pick up a magazine called California Style, I’d like to see some California Style. 

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       Seriously, I don’t see any West-Coaster wearing this in July. Not even in Arcata.

  • Larkin21

    She looks gorgeous. And hilariously not-so-serious in the Louis Vuitton hat.

  • Judy_J

    Yes, she does take a pretty picture.  Good thing, too, because I have a feeling we’ll be seeing lots more of Ms Holmes in the very near future.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Titles for the cover photos you’ve supplied (I do so love Mapother Gulch!)

    Oh so serious Katie goes for a deep conditioner…

    Oh so serious Katie and her adventures in a Big White Shirt…

    Oh so serious Katie in the world of crazy hats and dirty pillows…
    Oh so serious Katie and the case of the wearable lampshades…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1474713106 Katy Morris McDermott

    Oh-So-Serious Katie and the Mystery of Mapother Gulch is genius. Plain and simple. Love you guys!

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      I know! I want to break out my Nancy Drews. Oh-So-Serious Katie and the Disappearing High Heels; Oh-So-Serious Katie: Escape from Clearwater. The series writes itself.

  • gabbilevy

    In addition to your fashion books, you boys should DEFINITELY publish a line of “children’s” books starring your various characters: the various Chloe Sevigny alters, SWINTON, Queen Helen, and Oh-So-Serious Katie. Fashion fairy tales.

  • TomBord

    Dear Former Zenu-princess,  I suggest maybe that u try to lay low for a cpl of years. 

    Maybe taking some (well-needed) acting classes, do a school play and take care of your alien child. 

    Seriously – go away !! 

    • yybb

      I suspect the moment she is not in public eyes for a second everyone will be screaming that Tom Cruise and Co. murdered her or something similar.

      I think the easiest way to get rid of all those cults is to start taxing religious institutions. All of them! I’m sure number of cults will go down dramatically.

  • Ceur

    The hand placement on the cover makes it looks like she’s trying to discreetly lift her dress up. Really distracting. 

    • AudreysMom

       I figured that was the point.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    She looks FIERCE in the cover photo. Brava.

    Also, anyone else getting a Demi Moore vibe?

  • Jessi03

    Oh So Serious Katie seems to be channeling Diane Keaton in the second picture.  Also, I would totally read those books.

  • Allyson Wells

    The theme must have been messy hair…. I hate that pulling up the skirt pose on the cover. 

    • H3ff

      Not to mention the shot of opening up her blazer to expose her bare breastes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I prefer Oh-So-Serious Katie.  I think she’s one of those people who photographs better when not smiling.  (I understand, I’m one of them too) And it keeps people from complaining that her smile is smirk-y. 

  • SapphoPoet

    I’ve never seen her act, but I love how she looks in clothes. She should just model for a living. LOVE the hat. 

  • BazoDee

    She looks great in the first pic -some small tiny amount of tude showing. The last picture is breathtaking because I’ve never seen her in anything like that -the color and the style are perfection on her and she looks poised -which she usually has trouble with. The other two pics are largely forgettable and regrettable.

  • Little_Olive

    You know, it’s true as other commenters say that she has just one face that she moves in different directions, and beautiful one too. But I like that she is able to give a less contrived, serious-yet-not-angry pose. 
    She looks very well on the cover (except, as we all know. for the Cosmo “lift-up-your-dress” thing). 

  • nannypoo

    I guess if your weird marriage doesn’t give you the anticipated career bump you can always appear in every magazine on every newsstand every week until we all notice that you are sort of hot.

  • Lisa Dugan

    The third pic makes me laugh but in a good way.  It’s cute.  Her hair is a bit scraggly looking in the 2nd shot but overall they’re pretty pictures.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

    She is a beautiful woman, for sure. 

  • janetjb

    “Oh-So-Serious Katie” sounds like a good read.

  • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

    Oh-So-Serious Katie wants to get back to work, methinks! She actually can act (The Gift, Wonder Boys, the Ice Storm), looks like she’s ready to make some movies.

  • Call me Bee

    She is beautiful, and I for one am happy she can go back to that other creepy non-cult.  You know, the one with the Fearless Leader in Rome? 

  • Warrior89

    Huh.  I usually find her to be quite unattractive, but these pictures are gorgeous.

  • SpcilK

    Go on gurl! She looks beautiful, the styling is kinda whateva.

  • kimmeister

    Looking good, although the cover shot makes her jaw look 10x more square than in any other shot.

  • AudreysMom

    I’m getting ‘oh so serious Demi Moore’ from this photo shoot. 

  • Bill Curtis

    She’s got some serious Jacqueline Bisset in her prime face going on.  Very nice.

    • http://twitter.com/nansense nancy aronson

       Diane Keatonesque to me.

  • j_anson

    I’ve never particularly liked her, but damned if she isn’t one of those people that gets more awesome-looking as they age. She’s really growing into that bone structure.

  • Anglow

    Did she not know the deal when she got married? She is now trying to hold on to the A list status her apparently ill-thought-out marriage brought her. Suri will always have it along with her nutty father, but not Katie. Not ready to smile, my foot. Enjoy the attention, it’s a short ride!

  • Coralie Legister

    She does NOT look happy about that hat being on her head.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I just hope she has managed to survive her Cruise experience with her mind as intact as her looks.

  • afabulous50

    That dress is fantastic (last shot)

  • guest2visits

    Much better looks for her than the previous magazine she did, especially the first pic.
    Looks like black and white, are the NEW black and white; everywhere.
    I would definitely buy the complete set of TLo mystery books.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The shot with the purple dress is the only nice one. She’s a beautiful woman wearing great clothes, but the hair makes me think she’s been pulling a Howard Hughes for the last month. What’s more, I absolutely HATE the “I’m subtly pulling up my dress” pose. Tacky.

    Hubby and I did the Batman marathon (all three movies at the theater, and she was better than I remembered in Batman Begins.

  • sashaychante

    Are those hair extensions?  Either take them out or trim your hair Ms. Katie.  She could be a model.

  • yybb

    Only last shot looks pretty. The rest is a mess including cover.

  • NurseEllen

    That first (non-cover) photo looks like Morticia Addams wearing Gomez’s shirt.  The indigo dress is very eye-catching.

  • aristida_girl

    Hahahah! Laughed out loud at “oh-so-serious-katie and the secret of suri” and other soon-to-be literary greats…you guys make my day :)

  • Zaftiguana

    I’ll be really glad when the “I’m about to ever-so-casually flash you my cooter” pose goes out of style. 

  • http://twitter.com/zbird17 Sheri Z

    Photog: “Smolder, smolder, look up, look down.  Perfect!”

  • ASK26

    Cover shot…
    If I cover the right side of her face (left on the pic) I kind so see Catherine Bach (?)  doing that for the other side, I kind of see Angelina Jolie.

    Regardless she looks great  – Most of the clothes are from her line?

  • ASK26

    “Children’s”  no.  

    But funny yes.

  • oohsparkley!

    I am feeling especially bitter today – it looks like she’s trying to “blue steel” but her eyes look dead (first pic) or mean.

  • butter nut

    omg… serious face with the thigh flash.  serious face in a whimsical hat….  im dying. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • redgauntlet

    The second picture is ridiculous. It’s probably the Operating Level VII Thetan uniform she had to get married in – with Tom in a matching outfit.

  • siriuslover

    I would totally buy the Oh So Serious Katie books, too! You guys are brilliant. As for the pics, she looks beautiful. More human than she has in some previous photo spreads.

  • quiltrx

    “Mapother Gulch” almost laughed me clean off the couch!

  • Lindsay Smith

    What is up with the fact that every outfit in this spread and the one for Elle features a Holmes & Yang piece?  How does she have that much pull that she can put that condition on her interviews for fashion magazines?  I wonder whether she will find that sort of thing more difficult once she’s no longer Mrs. Cruise.

  • Susan Collier

    I wonder whether C Magazine changed the cover copy after the separation/divorce news broke or if they knew about Katie leaving Tom before Tom knew?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QK3MTAHUVJCMI7DANY6WFCAIUM n a

    see- i think she looks like a hot mess in the middle 2 shots- the one with the white shirt looks like she literally just rolled out of bed- and is even pissed about it. In the big hat, she looks a little cray cray.  Purple dress shot is lovely, albeit a bit boring… 

  • http://twitter.com/vileseagulls Frances

    Oh, I LOVE that last dress.  Can I have that dress?  I would rock the shit out of that dress.