But one month after finalizing the divorce, Holmes stepped out in New York City Wednesday night for her first real public appearance at the 9th Annual Style Awards in Lincoln Center.
The actress, dressed in a black button-down and gold knee-length skirt, looked at ease as she presented an award to fashion designer Carolina Herrera.
Holmes, 33, also walked the red carpet for the event, posing with Herrera, and shared a hug with actress Amy Adams, the Daily Mail reported.
The actress will be in the spotlight again next week. Holmes is set to present her Holmes & Yang fashion line Wednesday for New York's Fashion Week.
Holmes has also reportedly signed a deal with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, according to WWD.com. She will be the first celebrity face for the brand.
Later this fall, she will star in Broadway's "Dead Accounts."