NYFW: ‘Project Runway’ Gets Scandalous with Kerry Washington


Kerry Washington, our favorite on-screen political fixer, has her sights set on Lincoln Center this summer.

The Scandal lead and cover girl will be joining Heidi KlumTim GunnNina Garcia, and Zac Posen as a guest judge on the season 12 finale of Project Runway. The episode, which famously chronicles the finalists’ first bow at New York Fashion Week, will be taped on Friday, September 6 in front of a star-studded audience and a pensive Olivia Pope Washington watching each designers’ every move.

Though Washington is best known for scripted roles, she apparently goes way back with the authorities on Lifetime's top reality competition. She filled a seat on the Project Runway judging panel during season six in 2009, then again during season nine in 2011 (you know, the years when we tuned in for Michael Kors’ famous quips). That coupled with her growing fashion profile—a Vanity Fair cover and Met Gala date with Vera Wang to boot—certainly equip her for the role.

The finale will also feature cameos from Paris and Nicki HiltonAlyssa Milano, former Miss USA Nana Meriwether, and style expert Jeannie Mai. The bad news: said episode won't hit the airwaves for at least another eight weeks. We guess we'll settle for Scandalreruns until then.