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 unknown 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.)
Even though the 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.