PARIS – Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco presented a refined, elegant, crystal-encrusted collection at the American Cathedral during Paris Fashion Week.
This is the second time that Cinco has presented its haute couture collection at the prestigious Parisian event, after being presented at the Haute Couture “Couturissimo” fashion show in 2016.
Besides Cinco, the majestic American Cathedral has also hosted other international brands such as Tiffany Brown, Ltd., Mimiela, Megmanski, Never Give Up Clothing Line, Therese Marie Collections, Tracy Toulouse, Atelier Bea Rodriguez, CHantwa, A. Renee Fashion, Caroline Couture, Troy Anthony, Yasemin Ozer, Michael Lombard, FFF Afffair and MM Milano.
Sparkling, colorful, intricate and richly adorned with luxe Swarovski crystals and French glitter, Cinco’s collection that served as the show’s grand finale wowed audiences, leaving international designers and models in awe.
New York fashion designer Troy Anthony said he would jump at the chance to collaborate and share the catwalk with Cinco. “Very beautiful in the sense that the collection complimented the cathedral. The models were like angels descending from the altar to the aisle. Rich in color and very elaborate, ”he said.
The models were proud to have worn Cinco’s designs. “Oh my God, that was amazing. It’s beautiful, I feel like a fucking princess. I love her!” Los Angeles-based model Valerie Ehimhen got excited.
Cinco’s spring / summer collection is his response to the COVID-19 pandemic which he described as inspired by Chrysalis. “For me, it’s a new beginning. Most of the collection is inspired by butterflies – how a caterpillar evolved into a beautiful butterfly. We are now in a new beginning in this world and we are “out there” again. I’m so happy, inspired again and artistic again, ”Cinco said.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-9 pandemic, Cinco continued to design and create. Now that Dubai has reopened for events and shows, Cinco is ready to respond to its customers and return to the global stage.
A dynamic collaboration of talents
Another Filipina, based in Milan, Chona Bacaoco, who is also the chief designer and founder of MM Milano, an emerging sustainable brand from Milan, Italy and Frankfurt, Germany, was also present at Paris Fashion Week.
Bacaoco has partnered with Cinco to organize back-to-back Paris Fashion Week shows.
While Cinco’s collection featured a magical stream of haute couture dresses and menswear encrusted with crystals, sequins and pearls, MM Milano showcased an equally stunning collection of glamorous designs in galactic hues and patterns.
Pluto, MM Milano’s new fashion line designed by 14-year-old Pluto Ernsberger, takes pride in its futuristic design. MM Milano fosters a sense of community among creatives and talents celebrating inclusiveness by using innovative sustainable materials – the MM Milano brand.
Bacaoco’s existing brand visions offer new perspectives and inspiration to the young designer and model. “She (Chona) helps us find each other. It helps us find what’s good about us, ”said Ernsberger.
Mentored by Cinco himself, Bacaoco is very grateful to have pulled off the show. “Michael is a good friend of mine. We have planned this collaboration, first of course in Milan which took place at the beginning of the year but without Michael. So when the restrictions were lifted and the borders opened, I said, let’s go to Paris, Michael. So here we are, ”Bacaoco said.
Cinco and Bacaoco were both raised in the Visayas. Ahead of Paris Fashion Week, MM Milano supplied models for Cinco’s Kid and Teen collection in 2019 and early this year.
“I have known Chona for a long time. I am very happy that she invited me to be part of this fashion show. I love her so much. She has so much energy that’s something I appreciate about her, ”Cinco said.
Although new to the fashion industry, having launched his modeling agency in 2016, Bacaoco started creating at a young age. Raised by a mother seamstress, Bacaoco had her first creation at 10 years old. She had previously organized international parades in New York and across Europe.
Andreas Volkmar, German business partner of Bacaoco, is amazed by his energy. “She’s explosive! She is so amazing. I learned a lot from her, ”Volkmar said.
Meanwhile, Paris-based hairstylist and makeup artist Suzette Riego is proud to have worked for both Cinco and MM Milano.
“The experience has been incredible. feeling. Being Pinoy, nakaka-proud kasi Michael Cinco ‘yan eh. Masaya. In saka hindi matutumbasan ‘yung nakapagtrabaho ka ulit after the pandemic and with them who are internationally renowned Pinoy designers, ”said Riego.
Michael Cinco Dubai and MM Milano are set to team up again for the Milan Fashion Week 2022 and Arab Fashion Week shows.