Finally, Team Train Wreck shows their gloriously titled "Steel Magnolias" page, with Ashlie explaining that their metallic trend is edgy but can also be soft and appropriate for spring. I'm pretty sure it's just a choppy cut, but it looks like Kate teeters up to the screen right after Ashlie finishes and points out the three items she chose to add some color to the page. For someone who was worried about looking like a girl playing dress-up, Kate does herself no favors. It's like everyone else got the memo that they were making a professional presentation while she got a piece of construction paper with "Show & Tell, 9pm" scrawled on it in crayon. She's all, "I picked this... and this... and this..."
Anne asks who picked the couple. Eternity stumbles over the explanation of Kathleengate and ultimately takes credit for backing down. Anne asks if they gave away their first pick, and Cologne pauses before admitting they did. Anne gives a cryptic "interesting," then moves on to her critique. She thinks the layout is a bit cluttered but is more concerned that the trend is dated. Joe Zee talks a blue streak, saying that the products are poorly selected, the page is monotone, the metallics should have been better styled, and, worst of all, it looks like a page from a Duty Free catalogue. He thinks they had the start of an idea but went nowhere with it. Whoa. That was way harsh, Joe Zee.
Kate starts crying. It's not completely unwarranted, grant you, but it kind of pisses me off because A.) suck it up, girl, you're in a professional meeting, and B.) she is clearly the kind of person who has cried every time something didn't go her way since she was a toddler and found that it was the most expedient way of getting what she wants. Joe Zee asks Kate what's wrong. She says she hated the idea and that she pulled colorful items that her teammates didn't use. Anne asks if she couldn't sell her ideas to them. She shoots herself in the foot a little by admitting she hasn't learned how to work with strong personalities. Anne tells her editors have to fight for what they believe in. Though I would argue that disagreeing with everything anyone ever says is not so much a fashion instinct as a contrarian personality.
Cologne has, however, learned how to speak up. She says Kate didn't express what she wanted but instead dismissed their picks, so they determine what she actually wanted. At this, Megan practically has a seizure in the back row. Anne lets her speak, and Megan stands up for Kate. What?! She says Kate expressed strong opinions. But again, pissing on others' ideas is not a constructive means of expressing your own opinion. Cologne remembers the specific dress Kate shot down but notes that Kate started pooh-poohing the whole trend concept only after it was a done deal. Anne cuts the bitch fight short to make way for deliberations.