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Holmes loves Facchinetti's chic designs

Katie Holmes has shared her admiration for Alessandra Facchinetti.

The Italian fashion designer had a dinner thrown in her honour in SoHo, Manhattan, earlier this week. She was named creative director of luxury shoes and leather goods company Tod's last February and Katie, who was present at the event, thinks Alessandra is the perfect choice for the brand.

“I think [she’s] brought another level of chicness to something that’s always been a staple,” Katie told WWD. “Her elegance is seen in her work, and it’s a wonderful marriage of her designs with the already established company.”

Katie looked cute in a little white dress at the celebration and wore her shiny brown locks down.

Also in attendance was Maggie Gyllenhaal. She was admiring a silver studded box clutch at the Il Principe restaurant in the neighbourhood's newly opened Hotel Hugo and she has great respect for the fashion designer after her eponymous label took her to the Met Gala last year.

“I have one too many things in here,” Maggie said. “I actually didn’t pay much attention to Tod’s before [Alessandra] came on and started doing their design. I think she’s added a kind of elegant, modern twist.”

Alessandra was thrilled by the recognition of her hard work with Tod's. Prior to this the brunette fashionista was creative director of Valentino and has also designed for Gucci in the past.

“I was very happy because everyone really understood what I was doing - my vision, my direction,” she gushed. “I really appreciate that because I [design] in a very instinctive way, always. I just feel in a very beautiful place with beautiful people. I really enjoy it.”

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