The sun has (almost) set on Katie Holmes' marriage to Tom Cruise, cueing the dawn of a new day: Katie sans Tom. For all the insider dirt on Tom's "creepy" tendencies, Scientology influences and loads of other perturbing details, we feel like we hardly know Katie at all. Who is the "Dawson's Creek" actress outside of the paparazzo whirlwind? And what does she plan on doing now?

Dive headfirst into fashion, it would seem. Today Katie made her first appearance since her divorce from Cruise was announced, stepping out in New York City trailed by an army of paparazzi. The occasion? Filming an episode of "Project Runway All Stars,", according to TMZ, for which Katie will be a guest judge. Surrounded by a scrum of cameras, Holmes looked poised and put-together in a navy button-up dress, a sleek ponytail... and no wedding ring in sight.

While there's no word yet on when Katie's episode will air, we can only assume it will be one of her first on-air appearances in the wake of the divorce mania. Which gets us thinking about Katie's future -- specifically, her future in fashion.

With a small but respected clothing line to her name plus impossibly chic style of her own, Katie could easily establish herself as a fashion mini-mogul a la Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson or Gwen Stefani. Like those women, Holmes is both high-ranking in Hollywood yet well-liked by tabloid-reading fans.

Or she could go the way of Victoria Beckham or Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, taking her intimate knowledge of designer wares and channeling it into a quiet yet respected luxury line beloved by the fashion elite (if not the masses).

With a savvy design team behind her, either option is Katie's for the taking -- and a guest-judging role on "Project Runway" wouldn't be a bad place to start.

But is that what the enigmatic star wants? It's hard to tell. As her divorce unravels behind her, rumors and speculation trailing her like so many paparazzos, we're only beginning to reacquaint ourselves with Katie. But if she does decide to plunge into the world of Macy's collaborations, Fashion Week and TV design shows, well, we'll welcome her with open arms.

See Katie's first post-divorce appearance below.

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See how Katie's style changed over the years, from pre-marriage to wedded bliss:

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  • September 26, 1997

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  • April 4, 1998

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  • September 13, 1998

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  • July 14, 1999

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  • June 3, 2000

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  • July 12, 2000

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  • February 11, 2001

    As Joe from "Dawson's Creek" (Getty Images)

  • July 14, 2002

    With former boyfriend Chris Klein. (WireImage)

  • March 31, 2003

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  • September 6, 2003

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  • May 26, 2004

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  • May 30, 2004

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  • April 7, 2005

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  • April 11, 2005

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  • June 9, 2005

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  • June 12, 2005

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  • June 15, 2005

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  • June 23, 2005

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  • October 6, 2006

    With Victoria Beckham -- the two sat front row at Chanel during Paris Fashion Week. (WireImage)

  • November 9, 2006

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  • February 25, 2007

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  • July 13, 2007

    Holding her daughter Suri Cruise in a park in Berlin. (FilmMagic)

  • July 16, 2007

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  • October 24, 2007

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  • November 29, 2007

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  • May 5, 2008

    At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" with her husband Tom Cruise. (Getty Images)

  • August 11, 2008

    At the premiere of "Tropic Thunder." (WireImage)

  • November 24, 2008

    Walking around Manhattan with her daughter Suri. (WireImage)

  • October 19, 2009

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  • September 7, 2010

    At the "Late Show with David Letterman." (Getty Images)

  • September 30, 2010

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  • April 26, 2011

    At an Ann Taylor event at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California. (WireImage)

  • May 19, 2011

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  • May 23, 2011

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  • July 30, 2011

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  • November 2011

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  • February 26, 2012

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  • March 2012

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  • June 2012

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  • July 2012

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  • July 2012

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  • August 2012

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  • September 2012

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  • December 2012

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  • January 2013

  • February 2013

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