EVEN among the fashion cognoscenti, the name Michael Cinco is preeminent. A couturier of the first order who perfected his craft in Dubai, the Samar-born Cinco has continuously elevated Filipino fashion to be at par with the exceptional in the world.
In a span of a few months, he has showcased his splendid designs at important and emerging fashion centers. On August 10, Cinco exhibited his brand of opulence in The Impalpable Dream of Egypt at the North Square in the North Coast Al Alamein.
On September 10, Cinco booked a passage to India to unveil his The Impalpable Dream of Jaipur, a display of elegance and sophistication, with bright yellow and neon green colors dominating the runway. Presented by fashion director Lokesh Sharma, the bombastic finale model was Sunny Leone, the adult film actress-turned-Bollywood superstar.
In Manila, Cinco was the featured designer in the first-ever Metaverse Fashion Gala on September 18, at the Manila Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom, produced by Philippine Blockchain.
On September 29, Cinco presented a subdued collection at the Paris Fashion Week RTW Spring-Summer 2024 season, stating: “Paris is more than just a city; it’s a way of life, an embodiment of elegance and grace. This collection is a love letter to the women who embody the spirit of Paris, who are strong, confident, and unapologetically glamorous.”
During Dubai Fashion Week at the Dubai Design District on October 15, Cinco unveiled his Couture 2024 collection with The Impalpable Dream of Spain, with Miss Universe Spain 2021 Sarah Loinaz as the sultry señorita serving as the finale.
This latest collection will captivate Manila in The Philippine Legacy Gala 2023—Michael Cinco: The Impalpable Dream of España, tonight, November
27, at the Manila Marriott Grand Ballroom. It
is a charity fashion gala for the benefit of The Philippine Missionari Della Fondazione Di Carita
Inc. (Philmissionari) and the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation.
“I was an awardee of the Gusi Peace Prize last year, so this time I wanted to give back through the show to help the foundation,” Cinco said.
The Gusi Peace Prize by the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation, which is based in Manila, is given to individuals and organizations who contribute to global peace and progress through a wide variety of fields.
The Philmissionari, meanwhile, focuses on service, social change, and the provision of aid, access, and opportunities for poor communities. Founded by Archie and Judith Tan, it currently has programs on support and volunteerism, education, livelihood and employment, health, nutrition and feeding, and emergency relief.
At a press preview in late October, his good friend and acclaimed designer Albert Andrada introduced four looks from Cinco’s España collection.
“We are very pleased and honored to be part of the gala show of the designer who makes us very proud to be Filipinos. On this much-anticipated event, Michael will present his latest collection which, as fans of his creations know, will be breathtaking, dazzling and truly unforgettable,” Andrada said.
“We hope that you will somehow feel like you’ve been transported to Spain and all its beautiful culture—from the magnificence of Roman Catholicism in La Sagrada de Familia by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona,” Cinco says, “and the famous monuments of Islamic architecture in Alhambra to the iconic masterpieces of famous Spanish artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, as well as the country’s heritage such as the Spanish matadors and flamenco dancers.”
Besides unleashing 50 haute-couture looks, Cinco will also unveil a new series of fragrances that “embrace the essence of elegance.”
“Finally, after several months of preparation, we’re finally able to present everything that we have been earnestly working hard for our newest collection which was born out of my curiosity and admiration for the vibrant culture of Spain,” the ebullient designer said, pouting like Penelope Cruz.