- Michael Cinco made history as he was the first Filipino designer to showcase in Paris Haute Couture Week
- The designer was invited by Asian Couture Federation to be a member of elite designers in Asia to frontline during the launch of Couturissimo
- Cinco still managed to include reference of his roots in his pieces
Slowly but surely, Filipino designers have been making their names known in the fashion industry. Recently, they managed to break through history on the first day of Paris Haute Couture Week as Michael Cinco showcased a 30-piece collection.
Years ago, the event was a far-fetched dream for the Dubai-based Filipino designer but commitment and determination has led him to bring the vision to life. The opportunity came when the Asian Couture Federation offered him a place in the group of elite designers in Asia, leading the launch of Couturissimo during the much-awaited Paris Haute Couture Week. Cinco accepted the invitation and knew just where his show would occur, in the heart of the Jardin des Tuileries.
The designer was the first Filipino designer to hold a show for haute couture in Paris. On the other hand, a fellow designer, Lesley Mobo, was the first to present for ready-to-wear back in 2009.
The collection featured elements to which Cinco has been closely related with – glamour, crystals, embroidery, simply everything that any woman would want to wear right away after seeing it on the runway. Despite adding his usual flair, he was still able to suit it to the line’s demands.
Despite making it internationally, the designer was still able to incorporate his roots into the pieces. He shared how the collection was divided into five parts, namely: the Solihiya, Banig, Calado, Barong and Terno, and lastly, his ‘Impalpable’ collection.
The first originated from furniture adorning its weave during the Spanish era. As for Banig, it was referenced from the native crisscrossed Filipino mat. The inspiration from the Spanish mantilla was shown on the Calado collection. Cinco modified the Barong and Terno collection by adding embellishments of micro beads, weaved in combination of three patterns – the solihiya, ikat, and banig. The ‘Impalpable’ collection, however, was highlighted with Swarovski and spoke of huge ball gowns that could be linked Hollywood’s allure.
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He was joined by other designers such as Sebastian Gunawan from Indonesia, and the design duo Yassen Samouilov and Livia Stoianova of On Aura Tout Vu. - HB, Kami Media