Heidi Klum Hosts Project Runway Finale In ‘Limbo’
With a protracted legal battle still raging, and no air date in sight, Project Runway filmed its season 6 finale Friday under the tents of Bryant Park, where three unidentified designers sent collections down the runway during New York Fashion Week.
“This year is going to be a little different,” Runway host Heidi Klum told the crowd. “This is the designer’s moment and unfortunately nobody has seen the show yet. I’m a little bit sad for our designers that they don’t get that recognition today. We’re all in a bit of a limbo.”
International Herald Tribune editor — and fashion industry veteran — Suzy Menkes acted as guest judge for the show. Runway sources tell PEOPLE that producers had been trying to nab Menkes as a guest judge in the past.
Although reports that Lindsay Lohan would do the honor proved false, PEOPLE can also exclusively confirm that Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria Parker and Rebecca Romijn did lend their star power as guest judges on several of the season’s challenges.
Since the cast has not been announced, producers did not introduce the designers Friday. “We wish we could bring out the three designers but we can’t,” Tim Gunn said at the show. Sources tell PEOPLE that when Runway eventually airs, it still will not be clear which designer showed first, second and third.
(Also for the first time, no decoys showed at Bryant Park since the collections were presented blindly.)
Project Runway producer Harvey Weinstein also noted the show’s undetermined status during an interview Friday morning on Ryan Seacrest‘s KIIS-FM radio show. “It’s held up between these two giant entities — Lifetime and Bravo,” he said, referencing the legal tussle. “Apparently there is some contention. Hopefully we can sit down and work this out. We’ve been trying to work it out to get it on.”
When pressed by Seacrest to be more specific, Weinstein said, “I think the fans should just say, ‘Hey, we want to see this on the air, and you guys better get in a room and settle this.'”
He also emphasized that his company made a deal with Lifetime — and said he thought the show should air on that network.
Even though the Runway finale took place at New York Fashion Week, the show did indeed relocate to Los Angeles for its sixth season. What does this mean exactly? Show sources tell PEOPLE that permanent judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors weren’t able to judge every challenge each week. Instead, various editors from Marie Claire (where Garcia is now employed) have been tapped to fill in as needed.
The season also relied more on “local resources” in the challenges, sources say. Translation: Think Hollywood. — Brian OrloffMichael Caulfield/WireImage