The contestants are at the mercy of supermodel Maggie Rizer when they are tasked with preparing a hotel room according to her specifications. Later, they must design a multipage fashion layout, and the competition gets to one player, who lashes out at Anne and Joe.
The first challenge on tap for the contestants is selecting an outfit for Anne for a last-minute trip. Later, the players break into teams to manage a photo shoot for clothes from designer Tory Burch, who appears as a guest judge. In a surprise move, two contestants are cut.
The contestants are tasked to dress a mannequin while keeping in mind specific fashion elements. Later, they are separated into teams and assigned to find and review an undiscovered hot spot for the magazine. Meanwhile, a player ends up in the hospital.
In the series opener, 11 aspiring fashion editors compete for a job at Elle magazine. Their first assignment is to make breakfast for Elle editor Anne Slowey. Next, their outfits are critiqued and they're sent shopping for new clothes to wear.