Smart ladies love fashion, Met Gala 2005, “The House of Chanel”

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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