Katie Holmes in New York City

Posted on July 05, 2012

With nothing going on in her life at the moment, Katie took this opportunity to take a leisurely stroll, knowing that no one would be paying attention to her and she could have some lovely “me” time.

Katie Holmes tapes an appearance for “Project Runway: All Stars” at the Parson’s School of Design in NYC in a dress from the Holmes & Yang Fall 2012 collection paired with Roger Vivier sandals.

Roger Vivier Rock ‘n’ Rose Sandal

Psych.

We’ve recently become quite obsessed with the idea of strategic dressing in celebrities. Well. That’s not quite true. We’ve always been focused on the idea, since you could say that the entire thrust of our red carpet commentary arises from it, but lately we’ve been working on chapters for our book (they said nonchalantly) that deal with the topic and we’ve had to really spell out and expand on the idea. We’ve had to articulate it in a way we never really bothered to for our blog posts because who has time to read a chapter-long blog post, kittens?

Anyway, we’ve always been firmly committed to our thesis that truly A-list stars are required to dress on a level most other human beings would never even attempt or even be able to conceptualize. This is true mostly because of the deployment of stylists, whose influence has spread through the whole celebrity sphere to a point that even stars who don’t use stylists that often know the basic tenets behind the idea. Clothes send a message and when your pictures are likely to be shot through an internet cannon and spread throughout the world within minutes of their being taken, then even a walk down the street has to be planned down to the shoes in order to stay on message.

And of course, this outfit has to work on two levels, because, in what is sure to be one of the franchise’s highest-rated episodes yet, the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Cruise is on the way to shoot her Project Runway All-Stars appearance. So first, she has to look stylish and she has to wear something from her own line, because she has to look like she knows what she’s talking about when she says things like, “I would wear this!” Because it’s somewhat low-key, and because someone wisely remembered that the one thing you notice first on a seated female PR judge is her shoes, it’s sassy’d up with a pair of colorful shoes.

But she’s also smack in the middle of what will probably turn out to be the most media-heavy period of her life (which is really saying something when you consider the last 5 years) and someone in her sphere also wisely realized that she couldn’t hit the streets in a sexy cocktail dress just yet. This outfit is Little Miss Serious from head to… ankle. The makeup, jewelry and dress couldn’t possibly be any more low-key without looking like stuff you order from a religious cult website (and even then, it’s veering awfully close). But again, those shoes provide the perfect punctuation to the look. It’s like the outfit is a firm, declarative sentence that says “I’m in a really serious period in my life but I can’t wait till I can go out dancing again.”

But yeah; that’s a drab little frock.

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, rogervivier.com]

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