Recently, we came across some clips of the CW’s upcoming Stylista, the show on which Elle fashion news editor Anne Slowey generously offers internship and connections-challenged masochists the chance to be her assistant—er, "Junior Editor." In a scene reminiscent of Anne Hathaway‘s daily battles with Smith & Wollensky in The Devil Wears Prada—probably not an accident—we watch the aspiring schedule-curators plate fancy-looking food on large, iridescent plates and file into Ms. Slowey’s office, their trays rattling audibly. Clad in a wide-belted, khaki number—like a drill sergeant!—she warns them, "If you’re going to live in my world,you have to express your sense of taste and style in everything you do."
In the second clip (above), we watch her conduct breakfast tray inspection while appraising the contestants’ clothing. "A little Clockwork Orange" she tells a bowler-wearing gentleman. "You’re looking a little like a waitress," she tells one of the girls. She takes kindly to one brown-noser whose tray includes a small notebook for the recording of "morning ideas after a colorful and healthy breakfast" and another girl’s horn-rimmed glasses.
There’s something about Ms. Slowey in these clips that reminds us of Madonna. Maybe it’s the middle-parted blond hair or the unplaceable, fake-sounding accent. Or maybe it’s just the nearly parodic show of self-importance. We’d hope that Ms. Slowey is just playing it up for the cameras, but we know better than to think about working at a fashion magazine, anyway.
[via Save the Assistants]