Katie Holmes perfects the little black dress in sexy chic look at star-studded Nordstrom flagship opening in NYC

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Katie Holmes has won over audiences with her performances in Dawson's Creek, The Gift, Wonder Boys and plenty other titles.

But she's also long been a fashion it-girl, serving as a muse and confidant of Zac Posen over the years.

And she reminded everyone why when she perfected the little black dress Tuesday at the opening party of Nordstrom's new flagship store in New York City.

Little black dress: Katie Holmes perfected the little black dress Tuesday at the opening party of Nordstrom's new flagship store in New York City

Little black dress: Katie Holmes perfected the little black dress Tuesday at the opening party of Nordstrom's new flagship store in New York City

The 40-year-old arrived in a black satin mini dress, which featured padded shoulders, long sleeves and  an asymmetrical hem.

The sexy chic number was ruched at the hip, with black buttons running down the side. 

She wore it over some black polka-dotted pantyhose and a pair of black suede pumps.

Holmes carried a petite black leather coin purse, which featured a gold clasp and chain.

Stunning in satin: The 40-year-old arrived in a black satin mini dress, which featured padded shoulders, long sleeves and an asymmetrical hem

Stunning in satin: The 40-year-old arrived in a black satin mini dress, which featured padded shoulders, long sleeves and an asymmetrical hem

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The actress looked incredible as she stepped out to a fashion bash, and reminded us just how good a classic LBD can look.

We love the luxe satin material of this dress, and of course the mini length. It's definitely one of those secret weapon staples that will see you through a whole host of occasions!

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Ruched: The sexy chic number was ruched at the hip, with black buttons running down the side

Ruched: The sexy chic number was ruched at the hip, with black buttons running down the side

Polka dots: She wore it over some black polka-dotted pantyhose and a pair of black suede pumps
Stay gold: Holmes carried a petite black leather coin purse, which featured a gold clasp and chain

Polka dots: She wore it over some black polka-dotted pantyhose and a pair of black suede pumps. Holmes carried a petite black leather coin purse, which featured a gold clasp and chain

Red lip: She styled her lob in a tousled wavy 'do, which framed a glistening glam look with a bold red lip

Red lip: She styled her lob in a tousled wavy 'do, which framed a glistening glam look with a bold red lip

She styled her lob in a tousled wavy 'do, which framed a glistening glam look with a bold red lip.

Maggie Gyllenhaal draped a sparkling floral champagne blazer over her shoulders with a matching sequined top and some high-waisted beige trousers.

She arrived with husband Peter Sarsgaard, who sported a black satin bomber jacket over a tan shirt with black pleated slacks. 

Zoe Saldana cut a chic look in an olive green duster over a black satin dress with a lace cutout at the chest.

She was joined by husband Marco Perego, who sported a black leather moto jacket with matching skinny jeans. 

Olivia Wilde donned a grey tweed top coat over a black turtleneck with a matching pleated skirt and a pair of black suede booties with sparkling tips.

Joan Smalls served retro chic in a pleated floral mini dress with long ruffled sleeves and a ruffled turtleneck. 

Karlie Kloss arrived in a black two-piece ensemble, featuring a laced-up top, which also laced up with the ankle-length skirt.

She paired the look with some white Doc Marten boots, featuring black laces and soles.  

Champagne chic: Maggie Gyllenhaal draped a sparkling floral champagne blazer over her shoulders with a matching sequined top and some high-waisted beige trousers

Champagne chic: Maggie Gyllenhaal draped a sparkling floral champagne blazer over her shoulders with a matching sequined top and some high-waisted beige trousers

Satin bomber: She arrived with husband Peter Sarsgaard, who sported a black satin bomber jacket over a tan shirt with black pleated slacks

Satin bomber: She arrived with husband Peter Sarsgaard, who sported a black satin bomber jacket over a tan shirt with black pleated slacks

Olive green: Zoe Saldana cut a chic look in an olive green duster over a black satin dress with a lace cutout at the chest

Olive green: Zoe Saldana cut a chic look in an olive green duster over a black satin dress with a lace cutout at the chest

Moto jacket: She was joined by husband Marco Perego, who sported a black leather moto jacket with matching skinny jeans

Moto jacket: She was joined by husband Marco Perego, who sported a black leather moto jacket with matching skinny jeans

Classic tweed: Olivia Wilde donned a grey tweed top coat over a black turtleneck with a matching pleated skirt and a pair of black suede booties with sparkling tips
Retro chic: Joan Smalls served retro chic in a pleated floral mini dress with long ruffled sleeves and a ruffled turtleneck

Red carpet queens: Olivia Wilde donned a grey tweed top coat over a black turtleneck with a matching pleated skirt and a pair of black suede booties with sparkling tips. Joan Smalls served retro chic in a pleated floral mini dress with long ruffled sleeves and a ruffled turtleneck

Two-piece: Karlie Kloss arrived in a black two-piece ensemble, featuring a laced-up top, which also laced up with the ankle-length skirt

Two-piece: Karlie Kloss arrived in a black two-piece ensemble, featuring a laced-up top, which also laced up with the ankle-length skirt

Doc Martens: She paired the look with some white Doc Marten boots, featuring black laces and soles

Doc Martens: She paired the look with some white Doc Marten boots, featuring black laces and soles

Winnie Harlow sported a brown belted snakeskin trench coat with rose-tinted aviators and thigh-high black alligator boots.

Anna Wintour was also in attendance, sporting an ankle-length royal blue duster suit jacket with white buttons and a white leafy print.

She accessorized with her signature black sunglasses, multicolored jeweled necklaces and a pair of cream snakeskin kitten heels. 

Brooke Shields cut a sexy androgynous chic look in a grey double-breasted blazer over black pantyhose with knee-high black leather pointed stiletto boots.

Maria Sharapova wore a white pleated halterneck dress, featuring an army green cargo-style corset, a matching turtleneck and cuffs with long sheer black sleeves.

Amanda Lepore served the most expensive body on earth in a skintight black velvet gown with sheer cutouts on the side.

The extremely backless dress revealed her peach-shaped derriere in a matching black g-string. 

The gown featured an intricate jeweled design and a ruffled hem, paired with a fur shawl and some long sheer fingerless gloves.  

Zosia Mamet sported a leopard fur duster over a black turtleneck with distressed cuffed jeans and black platform heels.

Snakeskin: Winnie Harlow sported a brown belted snakeskin trench coat with rose-tinted aviators and thigh-high black alligator boots

Snakeskin: Winnie Harlow sported a brown belted snakeskin trench coat with rose-tinted aviators and thigh-high black alligator boots

Royal blue: Anna Wintour was also in attendance, sporting an ankle-length royal blue duster suit jacket with white buttons and a white leafy print

Royal blue: Anna Wintour was also in attendance, sporting an ankle-length royal blue duster suit jacket with white buttons and a white leafy print

Signature shades: She accessorized with her signature black sunglasses, multicolored jeweled necklaces and a pair of cream snakeskin kitten heels

Signature shades: She accessorized with her signature black sunglasses, multicolored jeweled necklaces and a pair of cream snakeskin kitten heels

Androgynous chic: Brooke Shields cut a sexy androgynous chic look in a grey double-breasted blazer over black pantyhose with knee-high black leather pointed stiletto boots
Cargo corset: Maria Sharapova wore a white pleated halterneck dress, featuring an army green cargo-style corset, a matching turtleneck and cuffs with long sheer black sleeves

Serving looks: Brooke Shields cut a sexy androgynous chic look in a grey double-breasted blazer over black pantyhose with knee-high black leather pointed stiletto boots. Maria Sharapova wore a white pleated halterneck dress, featuring an army green cargo-style corset, a matching turtleneck and cuffs with long sheer black sleeves

Serving body: Amanda Lepore served the most expensive body on earth in a skintight black velvet gown with sheer cutouts on the side

Serving body: Amanda Lepore served the most expensive body on earth in a skintight black velvet gown with sheer cutouts on the side

Peaches: The extremely backless dress revealed her peach-shaped derriere in a matching black g-string
Accessorizing: The gown featured an intricate jeweled design and a ruffled hem, paired with a fur shawl and some long sheer fingerless gloves

Club kid couture: The extremely backless dress revealed her peach-shaped derriere in a matching black g-string. The gown featured an intricate jeweled design and a ruffled hem, paired with a fur shawl and some long sheer fingerless gloves

Leopard look: Zosia Mamet sported a leopard fur duster over a black turtleneck with distressed cuffed jeans and black platform heels

Leopard look: Zosia Mamet sported a leopard fur duster over a black turtleneck with distressed cuffed jeans and black platform heels

Classic conservative: Kelly Rutherford went conservative in a grey tweed blazer over a black dress with white polka dots

Classic conservative: Kelly Rutherford went conservative in a grey tweed blazer over a black dress with white polka dots

Taut tummy: Naomie Harris flaunted her taut midriff in a black bandeau top under a cropped black suit jacket with an asymmetrical white skirt
Olive suede: Michael Zegen sported a suede olive green jacket over a faded black t-shirt with black skinny pants

Chic arrivals: Naomie Harris flaunted her taut midriff in a black bandeau top under a cropped black suit jacket with an asymmetrical white skirt. Michael Zegen sported a suede olive green jacket over a faded black t-shirt with black skinny pants

Kelly Rutherford went conservative in a grey tweed blazer over a black dress with white polka dots.

Naomie Harris flaunted her taut midriff in a black bandeau top under a cropped black suit jacket with an asymmetrical white skirt.

Michael Zegen sported a suede olive green jacket over a faded black t-shirt with black skinny pants.

Karen Elson dazzled in a long-sleeve skintight black lace dress with a structured bustier.

She wore it with a pair of navy blue leather pointed stiletto boots, featuring black ribbon laces and a black bow embellishment.

Stacey Bendet sported black and white houndstooth shorts with a matching knee-length top coat and a pair of black velvet thigh-high boots.

Steve Madden rocked a grey blazer over a black v-neck t-shirt with jeans and a backward black Yankees baseball cap.

Khrystyana Kazakova dazzled in a sleeveless satin purple dress with a fuzzy white coat hanging off her shoulders.

Ladyfag donned an off-the-shoulder black ribbed dress with a pair of red thigh-high patent leather stiletto boots.

Black lace: Karen Elson dazzled in a long-sleeve skintight black lace dress with a structured bustier

Black lace: Karen Elson dazzled in a long-sleeve skintight black lace dress with a structured bustier

Houndstooth: Stacey Bendet sported black and white houndstooth shorts with a matching knee-length top coat and a pair of black velvet thigh-high boots
Yankees fan: Steve Madden rocked a grey blazer over a black v-neck t-shirt with jeans and a backward black Yankees baseball cap

Fashion figures: Stacey Bendet sported black and white houndstooth shorts with a matching knee-length top coat and a pair of black velvet thigh-high boots. Steve Madden rocked a grey blazer over a black v-neck t-shirt with jeans and a backward black Yankees baseball cap

Purple satin: Khrystyana Kazakova dazzled in a sleeveless satin purple dress with a fuzzy white coat hanging off her shoulders

Purple satin: Khrystyana Kazakova dazzled in a sleeveless satin purple dress with a fuzzy white coat hanging off her shoulders

Kinky boots: Ladyfag donned an off-the-shoulder black ribbed dress with a pair of red thigh-high patent leather stiletto boots

Kinky boots: Ladyfag donned an off-the-shoulder black ribbed dress with a pair of red thigh-high patent leather stiletto boots

Katie Holmes perfects the little black dress in sexy chic look at Nordstrom flagship opening in NYC

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