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Project Runway Wrap-Up: Couture Du Jour

After spending last week's challenge designing an outfit for an international jet-setter, the Project Runway hopefuls jetted off to Paris. They were charged with designing a couture gown in two days, which would be judged by the very fabulously French Catherine Malandrino, rocking the awesomely huge shades.

From the get-go, Jeffrey maintained that he was "the only one making a couture gown." Apparently, he was right, since he ended up winning the challenge with this bold plaid piece.

To read the details of the voyage and Vincent's farewell,

The ever-humble Michael seemed to be the only designer who didn't think his dress was the best. As he told his model, "The dress is poorly put together but wear it like it's the most beautiful dress you've ever seen."

To add insult to injury, the dress was splattered with eggs by a passerby on the way to the boat party. Aboard was Malandrino, to whom Vincent sucked up shamelessly, but all CM could muster was a dismissive "It's an interesting dress." Actually, it was anything but interesting and looked more like a frumpy mother-of-the-bride dress than couture.

My favorite was Uli's dark silver gown with braided detailing, which the judges also praised when the dresses returned to New York and paraded down the runway for guest judge Richard Tyler.

Of Vince's abortion, Tyler was blunt: "It's not couture." Heidi also had a biting observation: "Couture is about finishing and detail, and your dress lacked both." Then she read aloud the comments from Catherine Malandrino, who was even more straightforward: "No, no, no, no."

Vincent was surprisingly zen-like about getting kicked off the show, reminding us once again that "I did cash in my 401K to be here." But he wouldn't trade it for the world.

Be sure to catch tonight's new Project Runway episode on Bravo at 10 p.m.!

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