"Florals? For Spring?" comes in a what McKenna calls a downbeat in the film. The scene really just exists to explain that Emily (Emily Blunt), Miranda's cutting underling, has come down with a nasty cold, which will affect her ability to go to the big Met Gala equivalent that night. Before that, however, Miranda has to shoot down a bunch of pitches from her various employees. She asks for ideas on accessories. One editor (Rebecca Mader) throws out the idea of "enamel," which she quickly dismisses. Then she suggests, "They're showing a lot of florals right now." Miranda stops her in icy fashion. "Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking." (In the script there were periods between "florals" and "for spring." Streep's cadence seems to phrase it as a question.)
Throughout the filming process, McKenna was continually revising her script, adding in moments and scenes that were not in the original drafts. The pitch meeting was a last-minute add, she recalls. By the time the scene was shot in the fall of 2005, McKenna had been writing with Streep in mind for months.
"In the very first meeting that I had with Meryl, one of the lines she told me she really liked was, 'By all means move at glacial pace, you know it thrills me,'" McKenna explains. "I remembered that she liked that very dry [material]. I definitely had her voice and her sensibility in my head when I was writing that stuff." McKenna considers "florals" a spiritual sibling of "glacial pace." "It just punches you in the face ever so lightly," she adds, "slowly ruining your self-esteem."