The British Are Coming

Season 2 Ep 76/8/2010

It's almost time for (another) New York Fashion Week! Although Whitney doesn't have a show this time, she decided to update her line (based on Anne Slowey's advice). While she shows Roxy some new sketches at People's Revolution, Kelly walks in and announces she needs help on the David Delfin show. Roxy immediately volunteers herself, prompting Kelly to issue a stern warning: if you screw this up, "I will fire you."Meanwhile, Joe Zee is going over the Fashion Week calendar to make sure ELLE gets as much coverage as possible. Zoning in on the Marc Jacobs show, Joe asks Olivia to use her connections with the designer to score an exclusive backstage interview. "We'll definitely get an interview," she promises him. Of course, it never hurts to have a backup plan. When it's her turn to speak, Erin tells everyone about her exciting new prospect - fashion reporter Louise Roe, who Erin wants to start doing on-air coverage for at People's Revolution, Roxy is putting together a seating chart for David Delfin when Samantha drops by to take Whitney to the Charlotte Ronson show. Whitney tells Kelly about their front-row seats (courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman), and Kelly encourages her to bring her Look Book to network as much as she can.Soon after, Whitney and Roxy take their seats at the Charlotte Ronson show (in Bryant Park), when they spot Louise Roe. Turns out, in addition to being a fashion writer (and ELLE UK vet), she is also Freddie Fackelmayer's ex-girlfriend! After the show, Samantha introduces Whitney and herself to Louise, and the girls immediately hit it off. "Freddie has good taste!" Whitney laughingly admits. "Well, duh!" Samantha replies.That afternoon, Whitney arrives at Maybelline's offices (book in hand!) to meet with makeup bigwigs Denise Quattrochi and Charlotte Willer. Whitney enthusiastically describes her target demographic, a career gal who can go from day to night, and then wows the women with pictures of her collection. Impressed, they invite Whitney to show her line at Miami Fashion Week (which the two co-sponsor) and Whit immediately agrees.Later that night, Joe joins Olivia for the Marc Jacobs show at The Armory, and re-minds her how important it is that she come through on her promise of a backstage interview. Of course, access shouldn't really be a problem, given Olivia's close relationship with the designer. Joe warns Olivia that he will have to rush out immediately after the show, but she promises to follow through. Unfortunately, getting backstage with a camera crew proves difficult -- and Olivia goes in alone, leaving Kevin (her camera man/an senior producer) standing on the sidelines.Over at Bryant Park, Kelly and Roxy are in a rush, trying to get everything ready for the David Delfin show. While Kelly barks orders backstage, Joe rushes in (from the Marc Jacobs show) and takes his seat next to Erin and Seth. All three agree that Olivia's friendship with Marc should be enough to secure her an exclusive interview. "If there's a time to use your connections," says Erin, "now's the time". Just then, Louise arrives and Erin excitedly introduces her to Joe. After hearing about her extensive on-camera background, Joe invites Louise to the Badgley Mischka show the next day and murmurs that she must be "sent from heaven."Up in the director's booth, Kelly goes over some last-minute instructions before the show. At first Roxy looks nervous, but as soon as the lights dim she runs the booth like a pro, and the Delfin show is a smashing success.Meanwhile, things aren't going as well for Olivia over at Marc Jacobs. When Olivia finally checks in with Kevin, she tells him Marc isn't doing any press. "It's fine," she says, after waving off his protests and telling him to go home. "I'll speak to Joe."The next morning Joe and Erin arrive early for the Badgley Mischka show, but Olivia is nowhere to be found. Joe panics when he receives a text from Olivia saying she overslept (she was supposed to be doing interviews on the red carpet!), and tells Erin how Olivia dropped the ball with Marc Jacobs. Fortunately, Louise (who arrives just in time) agrees to take Olivia's place and steps up big by nailing the exclusive interview. Afterward, Erin tells Louise she'd love to work with her again, though Louise says she is hesitant to "push anyone out of a job." In this case, Erin tells her, "That person needs to be pushed."Fortunately, things are looking much brighter over at People's Revolution. An (un-characteristically) happy Kelly calls Whitney and Roxy to congratulate them on their successes. In fact, Roxy did such a great job putting together the David Delfin show that Kelly wants her to produce Whitney's upcoming show in Miami! "You're both ready," she tells the girls, before rattling off a list of instructions for Roxy. (Easy, Kelly! No need to overwhelm the girl before she even books her flight!)