It’s only day two of New York Fashion Week, and there’s already been an abundance of celebrity spotting at the shows. So far, Camila Mendes, Lil’ Kim, Kim Petras, and Alicia Silverstone have made cameos in the front rows. Actor Katie Holmes also made an appearance at the Kate Spade presentation in New York earlier this morning—and Vogue caught up with the stylish star to ask about what she’ll be wearing this fall. (Hint: she’s ready for heels again.)
Kate Spade’s fall 2021 presentation today was an ode to New York—the event even had a mini apple orchard, a not-so-subtle nod to the Big Apple—so Holmes was the perfect fashionable New Yorker to attend. The Manhattan-based actor said she’s excited to see the city’s fashion week back in full swing after being cancelled last year due to Covid-19. “I love New York—I’m not from here, but I love this city,” Holmes says. “I have a great respect for the designers, and it’s great to see them being celebrated.”
Having been in the city during the height of the pandemic, Holmes says she’s been working on a new project that also pays homage to the big city. “I was inspired by all the New Yorkers during the pandemic, and how much everybody supported all the health care workers, and took care of each other,” says Holmes. “I wrote and directed a movie, called Alone Together, about the beginning of the pandemic in New York. I’m just finishing editing it.” (In a few weeks, she will also be directing another film in the city, titled Rare Objects.)
Given Holmes is also a well-documented stylish New Yorker—a master of effortless, low-key dressing—we couldn’t resist asking her about what her definition of New Yorker style is, too. “New Yorkers’ style is very individual—people are inspired to dress here, whether that means dressing up or dressing casually,” she says. “Not a lot of people fall into any sort of box. It’s more about self-expression.” She says seeing people’s ensembles while out and about in the city constantly inspires her own style. “I get inspired by tons of people and what they’re wearing,” she says.
As someone who’s gone viral for cashmere Khaite bras and designer It-shoes, Holmes says she plans to continue experimenting with labels such as Christopher Esber, Khaite, and Christian Siriano this fall. “I love the diversity in [Christian’s] collections,” says Holmes (she also attended the designer’s show last night). “The looks are all very wearable and colorful.” She also plans on wearing loads of jeans, and more menswear staples. “I love a good men’s shirt right now,” says Holmes.
In the shoe department, however, she’ll still be rocking heels, a signature piece of hers. “I’m into a kitten heel,” says Holmes, pointing to her leopard-print Kate Spade mules. “They’re very comfortable—a kitten heel is nice after not wearing heels for a year and a half.” Her pro tip for wearing heels in the city, though? “I always pack flats,” she laughs. “I make it about a block.”