Katie Holmes in Bottega Veneta

Posted on November 30, 2012

We realize that Katie – even prior to her famous kidnapping – was never really all that flashy a dresser, but this is just plain old frumpy:


Katie Holmes attends the premiere of ‘Dead Accounts’ in New York City in a Bottega Veneta dress accessorized with a Bottega minaudière and Gio Diev shoes.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Karmen Pedaru

Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 Collection

Bottega Veneta Snake-Trimmed Veneta Minaudière

Geez, girl. It’s the opening night of your Broadway play. Couldn’t you have attempted something a little edgier or showier than “Head of the Bookkeeping Department at the company Christmas party?

We will now declare, through our red carpet tea leaf-reading ability, that she’s still in a post-divorce funk. Cheer up, honey! This is a good night for you! Go home and put on something red, then come back. Also: some makeup. Or at least, some makeup that makes you look good.



[Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco/PR Photos, neimanmarcus.com, style.com]

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  • elleg929

    At least her eyes look alive unlike when she was married and in robot mode.

    • NC_Meg

       I was wondering if she looks younger & livelier to anyone else or if it’s just me. I guess it’s not just me!

      • I was actually thinking how old she looks in this picture.  How old is she?  Cuz from this photo, I’d guess she was somewhere between 40 and 45.

      • I think she looks much older and haggard as hell. That outfit is so atrocious it makes me want to yell “LOOK AWAY!” like Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids.”

  • Wow, the proportions, and positioning of every element here are wrong. Sleeve length, hem length, belt position, embellishment size are all wrong for her.  And that textile is flat out hiddy.

    • Geez, no kidding!  What is that?

      • BrooklynBomber

        It’s one ugly dress!

  • Aww! The make up is the only good bit! Not-quite Cathy Cambridge hair, horrible dress and shoes that are probably fierce but I can’t see them properly. Can’t believe Suri let her leave the house looking like this.

    • Sobaika

      Who dresses Suri?? Katie doesn’t seem to have fashion figured out the way her kid does.

      • charlotte

         That is a question I have asked myself numerous times.

      •  She could be a very strong-willed toddler? I’ve met a few of those!

      • MilaXX

        Maybe Suri really is a fashion savant.

    •  Can’t wait to see Suri’s Burn Book comments on this look. She is often critical of Mummy.

      • Carolyn

        You mean “always” don’t you?

  • mmc2315

    Oh dear.  At least she didn’t pair the dark hose with peep toe shoes.  Oh dear.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    perfect for the fashion forward sixtysomething lady who lunches…

    • Carrieanno

      None of my sixtysomething friends would wear that dress. 

  • … also, I like the edge of the backdrop that just says Dead ‘unts. You KNOW what I am substituting.

  • She did just get a good review for her work in the play in this morning’s Wall St. Journal, so maybe she’ll dress in a cheerier way next photo op.  That “waiting for the reviews” time is always so nerve-wracking.

    In other news, I love the “minaudiere”.  What’s the difference between that and a clutch?  (Other than language.)

    • My understanding of it is that a miniaudiere is always hard sided, whereas a clutch need not be. Other kittens? What are your thoughts?

      • MilaXX

        I thought they are also smaller than clutches

  • teensmom99

    Perfect dress for church or synagogue and we all need those some times.  BTW, I once had a pair of bottega veneta shoes (a generous gift) that I thought were just plain black shoes but I always got compliments on them. It was the weirdest thing–strangers would say something.  I mean, business men on elevators kind of strangers.  There was something about those impeccably styled pretty plain black shoes that made strangers take notice.  So I was wondering if in person this dress has that quality?  But I don’t see it in the picture.

  • shirab

    Have we ever seen her teeth? Is there (or does she think there is) something not quite right about them, that she always does the pursed-lip smile? It looks so…restrained.

    • julesj

      Or the half-smile…Anne Hathaway did a hilarious imitation of her on SNL. I think she has funky teeth.

  • Jecca2244

    that step and repeat is hideous!!

  • julesj

    And she’s a “designer”….go figure.

  • She seems to be a conservative dresser, which I applaud, but this is just not how it’s done. Hire a stylist, get you a rebound man too. It’ll do wonders, I’m sure of it. 

  • Train wreck but she actually looks happy so that is something.  

    • charlotte

       Right? I prefer this version of her a hundred times over a perfectly dressed robot Katie. Although a perfectly dressed happy Katie would be nice, too.

  • oatmealpie

    She needs a sassy new haircut, too.

    • julesj

      I agree. Let those hair extensions go!

  • Horrible dress….

  • J. Preposterice

    I think that is a dress where the wearer has to be very flat-chested, or the bib goes straight to frumpsville.  On the model I think it looks kind of cool and goth-Victoriana, but on Katie it’s just…Victoriana. 

  • Oh, it’s so awful and sad. She’s never getting laid again if she keeps up like this. 

  • Judy_J

    I have a photo of myself taken in the early ’80’s when I was suffering from malaise and I was wearing a sad, frumpy dress that looked much like this one. I hope Katie recovers.  I did.

  • newleaf1

    I love the BV bags but BV clothes are very grandma like.  She doesn’t have to look like post divorce cougar, but come on – a bit more effort, please?

  • MoHub

    That is Mayim Bialik’s dress.

  • All kinds of Frankendress going on.

  • decormaven

    Holy Hannah, this whole look speaks volumes of dead accounts. Dead accounts, dead people, just death! Makes me want to weep for sure. And don’t fool yourself if you think that minaudiere lightens that look any. It’s about as festive as a holiday bow on a tombstone.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The only good thing about this look is how the frumpiness of it clashes with the freshness of her face. During her totally and utterly not subdued years of marriage, I oftentimes forgot how young she is. So the face says “happy” but the clothes say “ugh get off my back, I still need to feed Suri after I’m back from this tub of shenanigans.”

  • msdamselfly

    Wow  I think she looks lovely–like a real human being

  • She thinks it looks edgy and New York-y. That’s why she’s wearing it. She’s trying to be all about the ‘theater’ and not about the Hollywood. I think she did her own hair and make-up too. Come with us while Katie searches for her new identity – or her old one that she packed away so many years ago.  That dress is hiddy though – in so many ways – and I am usually a huge BotVen fan.

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  • deathandthestrawberry

    Wow. That is one ugly frock.

    • Agreed.  One of the ugliest dresses I have ever seen.  I mean it!

      • deathandthestrawberry

        I know, right? I like an edgy dress, but this one is just so AGGRESSIVELY ugly that I wonder if the designer is just fucking with us. I mean the pattern is bad enough, but then you have the frayed trim, the glued-on doodads on what looks like a bib and then more black spangles glued to the skirt. The sleeve length looks terrible. Ay yi yi.

        Surely, this is a front runner for the year’s worst dress.

  • jw_ny

    I rather like the dress on the model, but on Katie it does look frumpy.  It’s funny because they both are wearing black hose and a black shoe with a strap.  The hose on Katie are much more opaque…which probably adds to the frump factor, as well her hair is a disaster and competes with the collar. She doesn’t have a bad body, so it’s odd how slight differences, as well as the wearer, can really change the perception of a dress.

  • procrastinatrice

    She looks young, fresh, and happy. Girl is totes going back to her Dawson’s Creek, girl-next-door years. But yes, she can do that more stylishly I suppose.

  • marilyn

    This would be a good dress for Helen Mirren

  • She needs to go back to that first Mrs. Cruise hair chop.  The hair is just overwhelming.

  • CatherineRhodes

    That is one of the ugliest dresses I have ever seen. 

  • warnerave

    an ugly dress it is!

  • Imasewsure

    Ug-ly dress and girl needs to lop 8 inches off of her hair… still she looks pretty overall (for an office party, that is)

  • RocknRollmom

    Gray opaque tights?  They look like orthopedic hose.  Sheers might have helped.  But nothing is going to save that dress from just being hideous.  I agree with the comment that she should cut her hair. 

  • Cathy S

    Even the model looks terrible in that.

  • Vera L-

    Is she hanging out with Maggie Gyllenhall? Looks like it came from her closet…

  • kschwarting

    I think the dress is awful, but hey, she’s smiling!  Must go read the review in the Times…Teresa Rebeck is one of my favorite playwrights.

  • aquamarine17

    she needs some nice sheer hose to show off her legs with a better dress of course. it so buttoned up, sadly. her hair needs some attention. a special updo or braided sections or something for this big occasion would have been nice

  • That is one fugly dress.

  • Delaney Davis

     I’m not going to go look, but I seem to remember her dressing frumpily before Tom. Maybe she’s just reverting back to her pre-Tom self.

  • Dot

    The dress is pretty fug to begin with, but the way she’s standing makes it look even worse. Between the cockspaniel hair and overdesigned neckline, there is SO MUCH TO SEE

  • bertkeeter

    Dress has zero point of view…FUGLY…but does match her hair!

  • Truly hiddy.  

  • GorgeousThings

    Sister Wife and the Night on the Town…

  • Don’t like the dress on her, but better hair and makeup would have helped enormously.

  • But look at how she is standing and her expression.  She does not give a fuck what anyone thinks, she likes it. 

  • SapphoPoet

    I didn’t even recognize her. 

  • MilaXX

    She just frumped that dress right up. Better hair/makeup & she should have gone for red as her pop of color.

  • I honestly thought this was Kristin Davis.  That can’t be good.  

  • B_C_J

    There is nothing attractive about this dress. The fabric looks like it is composed of asbestos. The neck embellishment is an atrocity and looks more like a checkerboard bib. The belt/waistband’s placement is questionable at best.  It does not look any better on the model. Shred it and then burn it.  

  • MissMariRose

    Somebody gave this woman a clothing line. 

  • Sara__B

    Bless her heart, but she looks awful. Hang in there, Katy! The first holiday season after one of the big changes life gives us is always the hardest.

  • judybrowni

    Wow, she’s somehow made herself look 55, and not a good 55, either.

  • Trisha26

    That neckpiece looks like a witch doctor situation…

  • Qitkat

    Supremely ugly dress. Etsy/home-ec gone so so wrong.

  • nannypoo

    Very strange posture to go with a really ugly dress.

    • kimmeister

      At least the dress goes past her knees so we can’t see how hyperextended they are in that last pose.

  • cult wear.  and those are not tights, they’re supphose.  her makeup, or lack thereof, has transformed her into an old hag.  how old is this child?  i know, she’s a grown-up, but to us geezers, they’re all children.

  • guest2visits

    This really is like the stuffing from an old couch.  The only interesting portion is the neckline which is obscured by her hair.
    But she has a cute clutch, shoes, and a cute smile too; she looks ok inspite of the dull dress.

  • Not such a good night for Katie, although her reviews seem to be better than the ones Theresa Rebeck is getting for her play.

  • kolokOlchik

    her makeup is also terribly aging for some reason

  • MarinaCat

    I’m seeing, “I’m an artist to be taken seriously by the NY theater community.” ::gets in limo and returns to 10 million dollar apartment::

  • Songstress

    Well, I was about to happily pick apart how bloody awful this is, but then I remembered what I wore and what was going on in my head for about 18months post-breakup-of-major-controlling-relationship – so I’ve decided to send her good vibes instead. 
    To be clear, I’ve never been a fan – of her or the creature she was (is?) married to – but this is clearly an ‘I don’t CARE’/’cry for help’/’who AM I’ moment, yes?
    So, I send her all the best and look forward to an explosion of fabulosity some time in the future.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Perhaps she was channeling her character from “Dead Accounts” when she chose this sad, sad dress.

  • DeTrop

    Thank God for bad taste.  Makes me feel so good that someone with all that money and contacts can make such a bad decision and then go out in public.  Feeling good right about now. Nothing I own comes close to looking this dreadful.

  • bitterk

    She looks happy.  That’s the good news.  The bad news starts from the neck down.  There, it’s all sorts of cray cray.

  • neofashionista

    ewwwwww gross

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    I love the pattern on the dress – beautiful, but the macrame thing is terrible. Also, it’s too buttoned up and prim for a premiere.