In S1E9, Emily arrives at Lorelai’s house to see Rory get ready for her first school dance. Emily is excitedly asking questions and talking about the pictures she’s going to take. Lorelai says, “Wow, Mom, look at you. You’d think Ann Taylor was having a sale or something.”
Ann Taylor is a clothing retail chain that sells classic professional women’s apparel. The store was actually founded in New Haven, Connecticut, not too far from Emily Gilmore’s home in Hartford.