Mid-review, Anne approaches William and asks, "What do we have here?" He begins to explain his platter, and she interrupts, with a dismissive sweep of her hands, "No, I mean here." Apparently she doesn't approve of William's bowler hat, vest, and neckerchief combo. She comments on the orange shirt and says he has a flare for color, adding that that's not a compliment.
Anne does approve of Danielle's glasses, though. She can't just start lashing out at the fat girl without provocation, you see. Also, I think it's one of those instances when you say you like something because you're baffled by it. The frames look exactly like Poindexter's from Revenge of the Nerds, actually. Anne goes on to scorn Ashlie for looking like a waitress with her nondescript black skirt/white top ensemble. Then she asks why Arnaldo has included a notebook with his breakfast. He claims it's for writing down ideas.
Ultimately, Anne actually picks Ashlie's tray for its minimalist aesthetic. Ha! If that doesn't prove that tastemakers are full of crap, then I don't know what does. Anne concludes she's looking for three things: a passion for fashion, an ability to turn ideas into an exciting magazine, and great personal style. The edit now show a near-tears William every other shot until Anne goes for the TKO, saying some of the underlings look like they've just walked out of a costume shop. Or Williamsburg.
Anne sends the ragamuffins to see Joe Zee, ELLE's Creative Director and stylists to the stars. He will teach them the basics of ELLE style. Joe Zee's lessons are also threefold:
First impressions are important.
Understand the current trends.
Have a functional and versatile look.
Jewels. All of them. Really. Next stop, fashion week! Joe Zee condescends to advise each of them on their personal style. First off, he commends Jason's versatile all-black look but questions his indoor-inappropriate scarf and Michael Jackson-ish fingerless glove. Next, Joe Zee thinks Bible-salesman-esque Arnaldo should have more fun with his look. He essentially agrees with me when he says that Megan's dress, despite being this-season Chanel, isn't office-appropriate. He reprimands Kate for wearing an evening dress that inspires him to go motorboating. (And I'm not talking about the Hudson River, either.) He thinks Devin's outfit, specifically the hat, overshadows her work.