Jessica at Project Runway show
Jessica Simpson took her seat as guest judge at New York Fashion Week's Project Runway show in a super-short, sparkly silver minidress.
Ten aspiring designers showed their collections to the star as well as regulars Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia - although several knew they already didn't make the cut and won't be the Season 8 winner.
Because the show takes advantage of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week backdrop for its finale, extra designers needed to participate to keep secret the winners and losers of episodes that haven't yet shown.
Opening the show, Heidi, wearing a bright red menswear-style pantsuit and blouse, said she was particularly fond of this group. "I have never gotten so emotional or attached to the designers."
She promised the audience, which included singer Jordin Sparks and designer Betsey Johnson, that they'd see colour and fantasy on the catwalk.
Jordin, now starring in Broadway's In the Heights, said before the show that she couldn't imagine what was running through the designers' heads even though she was essentially in the same position on American Idol. The difference, she said, was that she felt in control of her destiny because she was being judged on her voice.
In fashion, there were other players, including models, make-up artists and hairdressers, all contributing to the final product.
"I wish them all luck," Jordin said.
Betsey, a guest judge this season, said she saw "sparks of talent" among the designers but none of them quite captured her own signature flirty-girl look when they went off on a challenge to incorporate party supplies into wearable clothes. "It was not up my alley, but there definitely was talent."