Kerry Washington gives 'Runway' a hint of scandal
Actress Kerry Washington attends the "Project Runway" fashion show on Friday, Sept. 6, 2012, during Fashion Week in New York. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a glamorous whiff of scandal — make that "Scandal" — at "Project Runway" on Friday, with Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington making an appearance as guest judge for the reality show's season finale at New York Fashion Week.
Washington, who plays a wily political strategist in her red-hot series, is a fast-growing fashion luminary as well — a development she described as an "occupational hazard," though a happy one.
"I've had to learn about fashion because as an actor, it's such a huge part of the marketing," Washington said in a pre-show interview, dressed in a flouncy floral Stella McCartney dress. "I'm the daughter of a professor, and an A student, and I approach it as a student. I do my research. I stay informed. I communicate with the designers."
Actors Kerry Washington, left, and Alyssa Milano attend the "Project Runway" fashion show on Friday, Sept. 6, 2012, during Fashion Week in New York. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
Washington joined regular judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen at the Lincoln Center tents to watch eight final contestants display their wares. But actually, there remain only three finalists. Their names will remain a secret to the rest of us as the show catches up when the finale airs Oct. 17.
Garcia, fashion director at Marie Claire, was not giving up any secrets, but said the three finalists were clearly the most deserving. "They definitely had the best collections," she said.