Philippine fashion first: a Filipino designer to present at Paris Fashion Week

Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco makes history as the first Filipino to showcase his collection at Paris Fashion Week.

“Paris is the center of fashion and it’s the ultimate dream of every designer to show there. It has been mine since I started my career,” Cinco told Gulf News, “I can’t believe that the federation chose me for their first ever show in Paris. This is such a big honor for me.”

Cinco said his 30-piece show ‘Couturissimo’ will feature both couture and ready-to-wear collections; inspired by nature and butterflies.

“The butterfly is a flying flower. My collection is a homage to the beauty of nature,” he said. “It is for women who know their desires and ultimately gets them but still thrive on mystery. And it is timeless.”

Cinco will be presenting his Fall 2016 collection on July 3 at the Tuileries Garden on the first day of Paris: Haute Couture, as per an article published by Inquirer.

Prior to his anticipated grandstand at the prestigious fashion event, the 44-year-old designer has already been a household name in the international fashion scene and have designed for Hollywood A-listers such as Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez among others. Cinco was also the designer behind Marian Rivera’s ethereal wedding gown.

In 2011, supermodel-turned-host Tyra Banks featured Cinco’s eco-couture collection in the 16th cycle of ‘America’s Next Top Model’, where he holds the distinction of being the first Filipino designer to have been acknowledged  in the show.

In 2014, he was granted with the Philippine Presidential Award; one of the country’s highest civilian awards for his contribution to the arts.