After the challenge, the minions travel to the Meatpacking District to present their outfits to Anne. The editrix is wearing 4-inch heels and nearly stumbles on the cobblestones, but she recovers and claims she could "run with bulls in these shoes." As Anne assesses each outfit, we learn: She doesn't like shiny things around her neck, isn't so sure about Johanna's ability to match muted tones, hates-hates-hates orange and mustard, is generally unsure about Dyshaun, and doesn't think America is ready for taffeta just yet. She does, however, enjoy high-waisted pants and skinny belts. These spot-on trends were formerly over-budgeted Devin's, so she wins. Devin is relieved that she can pick the editorial challenge teams after getting shafted several times. Anne says Brett will give them the challenge details back at the office and warns them to pay close attention (a.k.a. comprehend basic English, which many of these people have not yet proven they can do) because two people will be eliminated this week. Everyone shakes in their Uggs. Do people still wear those hideous things? Oh wait, the new trend is Croc boots. Huuuurl.
That night at the loft, Devin jokes that she fears for her safety since she has the dubious honor of choosing groups. As she and some of the other minions chat, Megan pronounces that Devin won't win because she ain't done shit. Well, there are two sides to that coin, and their names are Obama and Palin. Discuss. Devin shifts the discourse over to Kate -- because that's what you do, right? -- but Dyshaun takes up for his mistress and claims Devin brings nothing to the table. Devin defends, but Megan boils it down to Devin's age and consequent inexperience. Because, as we established in the first episode, Megan's lived a whole lotta life in her extra three years. William plays Devil's advocate, taking up for Devin. [Devin's Advocate? - Zach] Megan makes no bones about saying that she thinks Devin should go home. I guess it's understood that Kate would be the other person to go, but kudos to Kate for avoiding the scorn of her peers for, like, five seconds.
The next morning, Brett tells the underlings they will style the opening spread of a fashion feature on Tory Burch -- she of the ubiquitous, gold-emblazoned flats that everyone and their mother sported in recent years. Each team will have a blank white set and must style it from the bottom-up. She stipulates that the set must have an immediately identifiable theme, the design must never detract from the clothing and accessories, and each group must choose a captivating title to complement the photo and pull together their theme. Ashlie TH's that the first page is essentially blank, but for the title and a blurb. On the second page, they only need one strong photo. This task is entirely conceptual and leans much less on page design than those before. This should work in Devin's favor.