April 28, 2016
by melissa

Smart ladies love fashion, Met Gala 2006, “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion”

Because 2016 is terrible and the 2016 Met Gala is super soon we have decided to go back and take a look at the galas from 2003 – 2012 because nothing is more fun than looking at OLD fashion. For more fashion fun, we have previously covered the galas from 2003, 2004, 200520132014, and 2015.

In 2006, the theme was AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion. From the Met site:

AngloMania focuses on British fashion from 1976 to 2006, a period of astounding creativity and experimentation. Over the past thirty years, British fashion has been defined by a knowing and self-conscious historicism. In their search for novelty, designers have looked to past styles with an appetite that is as audacious as it is rapacious. Focusing on their postmodern, historicizing tendencies, this exhibition presents a series of tableaux based on Britain’s rich artistic traditions. The irony of satirical prints, the romance of landscape paintings, and the glamour and bravado of grand manner portraits are evoked through a wide spectrum of British designers. The exhibition is set in the Metropolitan Museum’s English period rooms—the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries—to create a potent dialogue between the past and the present.

My initial reaction is that there will be lots of plaid, Vivian Westwood, hats, McQueen realness, and loud prints. Unfortunately all it will take to be minimally on theme is to wear a British designer and it’s too much work to find out that information since none of my cheating blogs were around then. [Note: the were NO HATS. Maybe they weren’t allowed?]

Here is some inspiration. Images from British Fashion Designers, Tom Tierney.


Jessica Alba

Fine. The color is nice. I think this was before she hired Rachel Zoe/Brad and her fashion got way better. -M

I wish her hair was up so we could see those earrings. -K

Drew Barrymore

See how long we’ve had to deal with black lace? -M

At least her lipstick is amazing! -K

Kim Basinger

Super duper classic American, which is maybe a fuck you to this theme? It could be designed by a British person, I DON’T HAVE THAT INFORMATION. -M

Finally a red carpet! -K

Victoria Beckham

Her hair and makeup are atrocious but this dress is a party! -M

I bet she had so much fun with Becks on the dance floor. -K

Selma Blair

This is completely darling. -M

Selma is a Met Gala joy. -K

Joy Bryant

Since 2006, this dress has be redone about a billion times and I’m tired of it but I am intrigued by the sleeves. -M

SO MANY RUFFLES! I’m such a ruffle fan. -K

Gisele Bundchen

A mesh top does not say “gala.” -M

What a waste of fringe. Fringe, Giselle deserves better! -K

Naomi Campbell

This is fabulous–the color is unusual and she just looks so cool. -M

I am in love with this. The jewelry is so lovely. -K

Sophie Dahl

I enjoy this–I expected to see this Westwood silhouette a lot and there was enough diversity that there were only a few examples. -M

I love how girly she made this. I just find this dress so joyful. -K

Rosario Dawson

Oh look, Rosario Dawson wrapped up this shiny towel for you! -M

Rosario is a lovely person but I don’t think I like her style. -K

Minnie Driver

I miss Minnie Driver. I adore the wide straps and belt. -M

Minnie Driver was such a great actress. I love her in red. -K

Linda Evangelista

A little too “curtains of Nashville dive bars” for me but the color, cap sleeves and styling are all marvelous. -M

This is so twee and it makes me so happy. -K


I was going to ask what Eve has been up to but I realized I don’t give a shit. The top looks like athletic bandages. -M

I’m just going to go out on the limb and say this is not on theme. -K

Gina Gershon

She looks like she is surprising someone from behind, which is how I feel about Gina’s outfit in general. -M

That top is tragic. -K

Ginnfer Goodwin

I wish this was the color of Linda Evangelista’s gown but otherwise it is really working for me–though I WILL say it directly references one of the dresses in the collage above (top row, third from the right), which I always appreciate. Great dramatic makeup, too. -M

Ginnifer Goodwin is so pretty and she really has fun at the Met Gala. -K

Marsha Gay Harden

MGH is too classy for Barbie mermaid dresses. -M

That hair is so high. -K

Shalom Harlow

This is really fun and reminiscent of 70s punk. A model on theme! Shocking. -M

This is so lovely. -K

Josh Hartnett

I forgot Josh Hartnett exists. I am so glad men wear more closely fitting suits. It’s surprising to me that the men’s clothes feel more out of fashion than the women. -M

Ugh shiny and baggy. Josh Hartnett is actually pretty wonderful on Penny Dreadful. -K

Lydia Hearst

Katie will love this because it’s a ball skirt, and I love this because it’s black and white. -M

I DO LOVE IT! More ballgowns. -K

Elizabeth Hurley

Why don’t people wear more peach? It can be grown up! I don’t like the bodice but the skirt is crazy good. -M

I’m not sure how I feel about the embellishments but I do appreciate this style of gown. -K

Karolina Kurkova

This is EXACTLY what I was expecting from one of the models and it pleases me greatly. -M

Oh man PLAID! MIXING PATTERNS! I had to explain that this is currently on trend and something one could do, to my mom this wekend –she dug it. I appreciate the skirt of this so much. Also it’s my favorite fabric taffeta! -K

Lindsay Lohan

I appreciate the 50s influence of this dress but I don’t like the styling or how the layer of tulle extends over the skirt. -M

For LiLo this is classy. -K

Jennifer Lopez

She has worn this a million times since but I don’t get tired of seeing her in it. -M

This woman is just so pretty. -K

John Lydon

So happy to see you, Mr. Rotten. -M

More mixing of plaid. -K

Eva Mendes

I will probably keep mentioning how freaking gorgeous she is, but I can’t help it. I totally get why she wore this dress in this color even though I would normally hate it. -M

My one quibble is the earrings should have been small cause of that high collar. -K

Sienna Miller

There’s a minidress with tights coming up in 2010 that I like way better than this, but she is being true to her style, which is good. -M

This is also very Mary Quant which is on THEME! -K

Gretchen Mol

Who??? This was better suited to the Chanel gala from 2005. -M

Yeah it was. It actually reminds me of an actual Chanel dress from my collage. -K

Mandy Moore

Why does she always wear such dark colors? I like the pockets though. -M

What is going on with her waist? -K

Thandie Newton

I am the only person not wildly impressed with her style. It’s too traditional for me. -M

She is such an oddball, she yo-yos between conservative and wackadoo. -K

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

I especially like the patterned dress (Ashley?) and the white purse. -M

They look great this year. -K

Sarah Jessica Parker

Here’s the McQueen realness. She is rocking it, of course. -M

Oh man this is SJP at her best. -K

Amanda Peet

Could be one of her better looks if it wasn’t so freaking twee. When will Amanda Peet find the perfect dress? -M

Hey but she has on lipstick AND this is not sack like. -K

Emmy Rossum

The hair is dumb and I think this is Ralph Lauren (blasphemy!!!) but I love a blazer over a gown. -M

I love the blazer and the gown. Melissa is totally on point with that hair. -K

Zoe Saldana

The waist looks like it was wrapped in rope. -M

This is not one of her best. -K

Chloe Sevigny

There’s my weird girl! This is fun and she looks happy to be wearing it. -M

This is very on theme, it screams British sixties mod. -K

Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons

Defunct couple alert!!! I really only included it for that–he always wears the same thing and her dress is boring. -M

When will this dress go out of style??? -K

Molly Sims

ANOTHER shiny silver dress. Molly Sims needs to diversify. -M

I’m so bored with the shiny. -K

Stella Tennant

I am always dubious when ruffles start at someone’s vag, especially when they’re the color of dirty dishwater. -M

This would be perfect IF, the color was better, her hair was good, and if she had on lipstick. -K

Charlize Theron and John Galliano

Charlize does sleek so well that I’m taken aback when I see her in ballgowns. The color… meh. -M

I think her face and hair are perfect. -K

Ivanka Trump

I am so surprised I love this after her ill-fitting nightie of 2004. I’d go so far as to call this classy and understated, even! -M

She also did well in 2005. -K

Liv Tyler

I think this is a very dark blue, which makes me love it even more. -M

The fit on this gown is amazing. -K

Amber Valletta

Amber, you never disappoint me. Keep it up. -M

Love this dress. Man patterned ballgowns with a wacky length and a train are my jam. -K

Diane Von Furstenberg

I love DVF’s brand of crazy. -M

Good representation of theme DVF! -K

Anna Wintour

I think I might like this better sans coat. The dress is stunning. -M

So shiny! -K

April 27, 2016
by katie
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Smart ladies love fashion, Met Gala 2005, “The House of Chanel”

Because 2016 is terrible and the 2016 Met Gala is super soon we have decided to go back and take a look at the galas from 2003 – 2012 because nothing is more fun than looking at OLD fashion. For more fashion fun, we have previously covered the galas from 2003, 20042013, 2014, and 2015.

In 2005 the theme was The House of ChanelFrom the Met Site:

Nearly 34 years after the passing of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the spirit of the house of Chanel will be manifested this spring in an extraordinary presentation of iconic fashions from Coco Chanel to Karl Lagerfeld.

To help us assess the theme I have coined the acronym WWCD or What Would Coco Do? and I will base this on my Tom Tierney Coco Chanel paper doll book, Chanel Fashion Review. Here is a collage of all the ways the attendees could have explored the theme.

Images taken by me from, Chanel Fashion Review by Tom Tierney.

Images taken by me from, Chanel Fashion Review by Tom Tierney.

Their is so much to work with here, including shiny satin, Grecian inspired gowns, embroidery and ruffles, HATS, stoles, CAPES, and everyone’s favorite color black –in fact it was Coco who “invented” the little black dress, seen above in two versions night and day (bottom row, right two images). She also created the women’s suit. The woman was kind of a fashion genius (and possibly a Nazi spy).

Andre 3000

Andre is really looking dapper here and is very on theme –as in Coco would be very pleased. -K

I can’t wait til there’s better pictures because his suit pants look like ones you rent from the mall and they probably cost $2000. -M

Selma Blair

This is so on THEME! Selma Blair really loves the Met Gala. I think this has just the right amount of early Twentieth century reference while also being modern. -K

I love this! The sun motif makes me think of Harry Crosby (read this, for real) and I think the necklace is just perfect. -M

Erika Christensen

Well it IS a little black dress BUT it’s also fugly. -K

I’m going to start my anti-ruching campaign any day now. Those shoes suck ass. -M

Jennifer Connelly

I don’t often appreciate Connelly’s style and if this were another event I would be kind of meh about this BUT it’s on theme and plays with the theme. I also love it when people experiment with length and get it right. Her shoes are great as well. -K

If I had a minor quip it’s that I wish she had done something to her hair, but otherwise she looks great. -M

Katie Couric

Umm shiny satin. I am getting very sick of shiny satin. Nice twenties inspired clutch. -K

This would look better with a little cap sleeve. -M

Marcia Cross

This is a woman who looked up Chanel and went for the theme. I feel like Coco would definitely approve. -K

She really got everything right—down to the shoes, which I guess people think we won’t notice that their shoes are not on theme. -M

Sheryl Crow

I feel like the people up top have proven how easy it is to be on theme and then you get Sheryl Crow wearing a mermaid gown and just UGH. -K

Oh 2005, you mermaid gown-obsessed asshole. I have no use for this. -M

Elisha Cuthbert

I kind of wish she did something different with her hair but this froofy dress really works with the theme. -K

She looks so different now! I hate the early oughts hair. -M

Claire Danes

Claire is starting to perk up. I actually like this (even though I am so over black lace) and think the little pink ruffle shrug is perfect. -K

But this is 2005 black lace, Katie! I’m glad to show Claire’s progression via the Met Gala. -M

Tom Ford

Tom Ford in a nicely fit suit –foxy. -K

I looked up 1920s sunglasses and those are not it. Maybe he’s referencing the 70s, the decade in which she died. -M

Jake Gyllenhaal

This fits better than his 2003 appearance but is still kind of baggy. Also boring. -K

Jake, give us something else! YOU’RE KILLING ME. -M

Marcia Gay Harden

This needs to be fit a bit better and needs less stuff.

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” -Coco Chanel

Here face and hair look great. -K

Still not a fan of what looks like overworked satin. -M

Mariska Hargitay

That top is so incredibly bad. It looks so see-through that I keep wondering what happened to her nipples. -K

I will also note that the skirt is a really weird shape. I wish someone would have worn some famous 1920s Chanel sportswear. -M

Nicole Kidman

Nicole’s dress is a lovely color but kind of boring. -K

It looks like denim. HARD PASS. -M

Karolina Kurkova

This dress is so much fun and perfectly accessorized I feel like Coco would be so pleased. -K

Usually we don’t put models in our fashion posts but we HAVE to with the Met Gala because they are the most whimsical. -M

Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese

It’s the first defunct couple of 2005! I feel like had Dita gone alone she would have really killed this theme. -K

Her makeup is so much better here than 2004. -M

Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady

And defunct couple number two. I would have liked this so much better with a darker color and a better fit at the bust. -K

I would have liked it better had it been a completely different dress. The seam up the middle looks like a surgery scar. -M

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen

They look so young here and NOT homeless. -K

So lively! Great jewelry, too! -M

Vanessa Paradis

I love this. This is so French and chic. -K

I didn’t like the choker but then I imagined the look without it and she was 100% right to include it. -M

Amanda Peet

Things I wish for Amanda Peet: that she would start wearing make-up and do something different with her hair and maybe NOT wear sacks. -K

I want this for her too, plus a role on a show that doesn’t get cancelled. -M

Ellen Pompeo

I wish she had put her hair up. I don’t know I’m very sick of this type of dress. -K

Is the puckering on purpose? I mean, even if it was I would still hate this. -M

Joely Richardson

I’m so happy she wore red shoes with this dress instead of black. -K

AND it references that white dress in Katie’s collage at the top! -M

Emmy Rossum

I’m grown on Emmy Rossum over the years but I really wish her make-up was better here. I just find this whole thing very monochromatic and kind of blah. -K

She usually does better–I love her look from 2006, which we’ll talk about tomorrow–so maybe this was a fashion growth year for Emmy. -M

Catalina Sandino Moreno

Is this the year that lace became a thing? -K

She is so pretty and this does not match her personality. -M

Jessica Simpson

For Jessica this is kind of classy. I think it needs to be hemmed better but the bust is good. -K

Really, might be the best she’s ever looked? -M

Andre Leon Talley

Where is Andre’s cape? -K

I see he’s still clutching on to boot cut dress pants. That will change. -M

Ivana Trump

Well Ivana is on theme and kind of classy. I find her commitment to that hairstyle kind of hilarious. -K

What does she DO? How does she always get invited to these? -M

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka should cut her hair right now. She looks so good with a bob. -K

SO CHIC. When her dad loses the first thing she should do is cut her hair.  -M

Naomi Watts

I bet this looked better in person–her make-up is kind of white and her hair is looking a bit high. I love the gown though. -K

I like how she decided to go for simple and lovely. -M

Rachel Weisz

The only thing nice I can say is great shoes. -K

I do not care for this and that is not clouded at all by how I can hear her awful, fake American accent when I look at her. -M

Vanessa L. Williams

I can see the theme in this but I feel like it’s not very Gala. -K

Yes, may be better for a cocktail party. She should have worn the sportswear!!! -M

Anna Wintour

Sometimes I wish Anna would change her hair and then I realize that she and Ivana will always be who they are and who am I to criticize. -K

Colored shoes!!! She knows how to party. -M

April 26, 2016
by melissa

Smart ladies love fashion, Met Gala 2004, “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century”

Because 2016 is terrible and the 2016 Met Gala is super soon we have decided to go back and take a look at the galas from 2003 – 2012 because nothing is more fun than looking at OLD fashion. For more fashion fun, we have previously covered the galas from 200320132014, and 2015.

In 2004, the theme was Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century. From the Met site:

This exhibition focuses on dress and its aesthetic interplay with art, furniture, and the broader decorative arts between 1750 and 1789. Presented in the dramatic setting of The Wrightsman Galleries, the Museum’s French period rooms, the exhibition explores the dressed body’s spatial negotiation of the eighteenth-century interior as a choreography of seduction and erotic play. The coquettish Polonaise dress with its hem raised to reveal the ankle is juxtaposed with a side table that transforms into a dressing table through mechanisms similar to the gown’s hidden ties. The arch of the foot introduced by shoes with a Louis-style heel is seen with the scrolling legs of tables and chairs from the period shod in ormolu sabots. Lavish banyans, the “undress” of eighteenth-century rakes, and fans, an accessory that could be wielded with both decorous and flirtatious intent, are presented as the favored modes of beguilement of the eighteenth-century man about town and his femme du monde counterpart.

(This was also an interesting read about French “fast fashion” in the 1700s–fashion magazines came out every ten days!)

I was initially confused about how the furniture part would fit into the clothes–not with ugly upholstery fabric, I hoped–but it ended up fine because most people didn’t follow the theme. Or maybe they did and I failed to see how they translated this:

Found here.

Found here.

Maybe two attendees were that fanciful. Now the Met Gala gets so much more press coverage and I think the fashion is more interesting and risky. The early oughts were dark times for fun fashion.


From the first entry you can see how people interpreted the theme: shiny fabric. She also could have easily have worn bejeweled slippers. This is boring, I didn’t even like these dresses in 2004. -M

I am so glad people stopped wearing these flimsy satin gowns. I too wish everyone wore bejeweled slippers –how hard would that have been? -K

Amanda Cutter Brooks

Horrendous all around. Is there a pattern on the tulle? I promise the dresses get better. -M

At least it’s basically the undergarments of the theme? Maybe? This is terrible, but I’m having fun looking at the awful. -K

Zoe Cassavetes, Mark Jacobs, Sofia Coppola

I don’t know about Mark but the ladies look outstanding. I especially like the little fur jacket. -M

I love these looks and they would fit in today! -K

Elise Crombez

The neckline is good and this is generally a nice dress but it does not connect to the theme. -M

I wish she had put her hair up. -K

Sheryl Crow

More shiny fabric! At least this is fitted properly. Her body is amazing. -M

So this is not on theme at all but I have to say everything else is a win. It’s a shiny satin dress I don’t hate, the color is great, I love the turquoise embellishment at the neck, her shoes are fun, and her face looks good. -K

Claire Danes

Claire has really grown into her status as a fashion icon. I don’t love these strappy torture dresses but it fits her well and she always has proper lipstick. -M

I feel like the best thing about this retrospective is how stylish Claire will become. I love her handbag. -K

Kristin Davis

I almost didn’t include this because it is so fugly and I didn’t want to subject you to it. -M

Oh man is this fug BUT her wrap is kind of regal-esque which may be on theme. I really want people to be creative that I’m looking for it in the smallest nooks. ALSO I would not have believed this was Charlotte York. -K

Jamie Lynn DiScala

I guess this is on theme and I love the bottom but the ruched bodice and arm flaps bring this straight to 1980s prom territory. -M

This is Belle from Beauty and the Beast which I guess is on theme OR she got lost on her way from the Disney store (she even looks kind of confused like, “this is not the Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long party I was promised”). -K

Anh Duong

Way to bring the whimsy! People still wear stuff like this today. -M

Man I fucking love this. -K

Jennifer Esposito

This is more suited to a Pride and Prejudice adaptation. 19th century England and 18th century France are very different. -M

This is hilariously off theme based on M’s comment above. -K

Linda Evangelista

This is the most furniture-y of all the dresses and I am ok with that because she looks badass. -M

This is also fucking amazing. -K

Tom Ford and Stella McCartney

He is handsome as always, but not on theme. Her handkerchief hem dress makes me sad. I DO NOT miss 2004. -M

Tom Ford usually wears a better fitted suit AND again Stella can fucking fit her own clothes. -K

Lady Amanda Harlich and Karl Lagerfeld

Lady Amanda works in fashion, dated Ralph Fiennes at some point, and is fucking fabulous. -M

This is a great modernization of the theme. She is a winner. -K

Anne Heche and Corey Laffoon

I miss kooky Anne Heche on the red carpet. Think of how much cuter this would have been with some colored slippers! -M

Anne’s hair brings me such joy and is totally on theme. I will again state that Melissa is completely on point about the slippers. -K

Carolina Herrara Jr

This is so bizarre. And her shoes are very office-y. -M

I feel like she forgot her dress. -K

Jade Jagger

And then people start stretching the theme by wearing what they imagine to be French undergarments. -M


Famke Janssen

Casual trash bag. -M

It’s a gala not a dinner party at the Hilton Express in Paramus. -K

Scarlett Johanssen and Tara Subkoff

Scarlett’s dress has this weird unnecessary extra fabric cascading from her boobs. At least Tara (what happened to her???) picked an appropriate color. -M

Tara looks so drunk –I dig it. Also what happened to her and what was she in. I remember her but no actual projects. I like the color of both these gowns but they are so early aughts. I feel like they were out of style in 2004. -K [She designed for Imitation of Christ and was in our favorite Last Days of Disco. I learned on Wiki that due to a brain tumor she is now deaf in one ear. – ed. note]

Calvin Klein and Hilary Swank

Calvin Klein gowns are the polar opposite of 18th century France. -M

I want to die with all this satin. -K

Diane Kruger and Nicolas Ghesquiere

This is from Nicolas’ Balenciaga days and The Krug’s model days, when she didn’t know what to wear on the red carpet. Scarf AND necklace??-M

Oh man this picture of the Krug makes me super appreciate current Krug. -K

Lucy Liu

I don’t think the dress–or her hair–photographed well, but she really tried to follow the theme. -M

I wish I could have seen this live. -K

Jennifer Lopez, Stefano Gabbana, Domenico Dolce

J Lo is in mourning, obvs. For her singlehood maybe because this was around the time she married Marc Anthony. -M

This is more undergarment. -K

Eva Mendes

This has boob issues but it’s fun and her hair is wonderful. -M

Her hair is so big and amazing. -K

Margherita Missoni

France in the 1700s, Margherita, not the rivera in 2004. -M

Is she wearing a tiara? -K

Julianne Moore

Remember when she actually wore color? -M

Those shoes are the worst and the fit might be loose and sung all at once BUT I do love the color. -K

Mandy Moore

I like the top but the color is so sad. -M

Sad and drab. -K

Carolyn Murphy

Maybe she was sick for 2003’s event and wanted to wear the dress she had selected. -M

That fabric looks inexpensive and dingy. -K

Natalie Portman

The color is lovely. I can’t say the same for those shoes. -M

Those shoes also look too big. -K

Carine Roitfeld

Carine doesn’t give a shit about the theme, she will look better than everyone else anyway. -M

Is that fringe on her hip? -K

Helen Lee Schifter

This dress is a total hoot! It’s ugly and the colors hurt my eyes, but oh so much fun! -M

This woman cares about theme and I dig it. -K

Bee Shaffer

Murdered on her wedding night. -M


Molly Sims

Pretty and shiny! -M

People were better at steaming their shiny gowns in the aughts. -K

Stella Tennant

Someone got the shoes right! Hallelujah! -M

Stella’s coat is also on theme but more like 18th century dudes, which I love. -K

Charlize Theron

Training for Snow White & the Huntsman. -M

Her hair is so gross. -K

Donald Trump and Melania

That dress is so incredibly ugly and I’m glad her hair is no longer that dark. -M

She looks like fancy dress Elvira. -K

Ivanka Trump

Ill-fitting nightie. -M

This is the worst. -K

Amber Valetta

I am so thrilled that Amber always goes all the way with the themes. This is PERFECTION. -M

This is so amazing. It really is everything I want in the Met Gala. CREATIVITY PEOPLE IS FUN EMBRACE IT! -K

Dita von Teese

Another ill-fitting nightie! WOOOO! -M

I’m very happy it is no longer 2004. -K

Vera Wang

I like this, and I know it’s not her thing, but Vera Wang would look so awesome with a red lip. -M

Indeed! More red lip for all! -K

Naomi Watts

The side:

Great colors and fits her well. Those shoes!!!!!!!!!!!! -M

She looks like Cinderella going up those steps and that friends is a compliment. -K

Daria Werbowy

Bathing suit cover up. -M

This photo makes me uncomfortable cause that slit is so close to showing us her fanny –as the Brits call it– but what I’m really seeing is thigh and light colored ruffle. She is still naked and not in a fun way. -K

Renee Zellweger

Girl, this is not your dress. -M

Renee needed to do something with her hair. -K

Anna Wintour

A jacket-dress over pants… hmmm… At least she’s not wearing the shades. -M

I like that jacket –well everything but the bubble hem. -K