Katie Holmes Makes the Most of a Retro Silhouette

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No one does an outerwear moment like Katie Holmes. Each time the always-on-the-go actress-director steps out of her Manhattan apartment, she wears another great coat from her expansive collection. Typically, Holmes gravitates towards oversized wool styles or tweed jackets, but in 2021 she appears to be expanding her horizons. Yesterday while running errands, Holmes tested out a retro look from Rag & Bone. The brand’s “Trinity” black leather coat looks straight out of the 1970s, thanks to its elongated, knee-length silhouette and dramatic collar, but the modern glossy texture nods to the Matrix character it takes its name from. Large enough to be layered over a cream blazer and white button-down, the piece was ideal for beating the chill, or in Holmes’s case, lugging an oversized Khaite shopping bag in from the cold. 

Leather trenches have long been a favorite of fashion models like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber, but their appeal is universal. Holmes first tried the look in November, when she wore a chocolate double-breasted version by Magda Butrym during a walk with her boyfriend, Emilio Vitolo Jr. With its bold shoulders and exaggerated proportions, Butrym’s piece skewed ’80s revivalist—think the power looks that filled Claude Montana’s runways—but Holmes’ new favorite goes a decade further back.  From Jane Fonda in Klute to Richard Roundtree in Shaft, the 1970s were a golden age for long luxurious coats. In her sleek Rag & Bone Holmes appears to be taking a page from that playbook and showing a new verve for the new year.