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Okay. So. Here's the deal. We really wanted to get our favourite looks from the Met Ball posted right away, but something was preventing us...

It wasn't a faulty internet connection. Or writer's block. Or a pre-occupation with season 3 of Homeland. Or season 4 of Suits. Or that right now one of us in LA and the other one is in Winnipeg. Or even the fact that nearly every female Met Ball attendee failed to comply to the theme, showing up in slinky silhouettes or even pants while their male counterparts were locked into tailcoats and wing-tipped collars--pssst, hot tip: it's called Google! Try a "Charles James couture" image search sometime. 

Team Stella on the red carpet at this year's Met Gala.

No, no, no. It was none of these things. What's preventing us is that we have a bone to pick…WITH THE POLITICS OF THE RED CARPET! AND WE NEED TO RANT! What's with all the blatant designer advertising these days? I mean, we're already upset about Jennifer Lawrence continuing her Dior contract so she can be a constant walking advertisement for the brand, but it's sprending. Designer sponsorship is taking over the red carpet. And the worst part is they're not even being discreet about it. They're just like, Yup, here it is, we purchased this person's fame/body for the evening, to "sneakily" convince you to like our shit.  All those models in terrible TopShop bespoke gowns? Zooey Deschanel in Tommy Hilfiger? Seriously, who wears Tommy Hilfiger on the red carpet?? To a gala centred around America's greatest couture designer?? Ooo, ooo, I know! I know! Someone who's promoting their latest collaboration available at Macy's?! Gaaaah, when the theme is tennis in the bloody Hampton's that's when you bust out the Tommy! Otherwise, keep it on lock! 

It's no longer about choosing a dress you love, or even a designer you love, and then maybe becoming pals with them and always wearing them to events (i.e. Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy or SJP wearing her pal and fellow Met Ball co-chair to Monday's gala--even if it did have his named stamped across the back). It's just about business and dollars. Plweeeech…excuse me while I spit this bad taste out of my mouth...

Zooey Deschanel in Tommy can't tell me she loved this dress...

Does this bother anyone else? We understand designers wanting certain famous figures and it-girls to wear their designs, asking them, the it-girl loves it, wears it, girl gets dress, designer gets pics on the red carpet, everybody wins--yah, that's a perfectly fine organic red carpet partnership. It's when we creep into the world of contracts and "must-wear-or-else"s that we get peeved. WITH A CAPITOL "P"!