Pinoy designer Michael Cinco makes his Paris Fashion Week debut, features Filipino weave patterns in his collection

  • Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco showcased his 30-piece Fall 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week
  • His collection was inspired by the barong and terno, and Filipino weave patterns
  • Cinco is the 1st Filipino designer to present at Paris Fashion Week
Image from Michael Cinco's Facebook page
Image from Michael Cinco’s Facebook page

For the 1st time in fashion history, a Filipino designer made his debut in the homestead of haute couture and presented a collection at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week.

Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco showcased his 30-piece Fall 2016 collection, ‘Couturissimo’, down the ramp at  L’Orangerie Ephémère in Le Jardin des Tuileries and was  received with a rapturous standing ovation from the VIPs in attendance.

“The whole experience is a dream come true,” Cinco told The National. “I cried a little before and after the show – the entire process has been such an emotional journey for me. I’m so very thankful for such a humbling opportunity.”

Cinco is the 1st Filipino designer to showcase his creations at the Paris Fashion Week through the Asian Couture Federation, as per an article published by ABS-CBN News.

“The Asian Couture Federation approached me and said they were planning to create a platform which was more accessible for the mass market.” said Cinco.

Image from Michael Cinco's Facebook page
Image from Michael Cinco’s Facebook page

“The reality is that the majority of women cannot afford to pay the huge amount required for a couture dress. Which means that we need to develop a market that allows all women to buy pieces that are very pret-a-porter but that have a couture look and feel,” he added.

In his collection, Cinco incorporated popular Filipino weave patterns such as solihiya and banig in his designs. He also featured modernized designs inspired by barong and terno.

Cinco’s new line of more affordable pieces was rolled out in partnership with Couturissimo, a fashion website that allows shoppers to buy couture-inspired collections at ready-to-wear prices.

“The key objective with this collection was to make it ‘a lot less work’ than couture,” said the Filipino couturier. “The ready-to-wear pieces will be inspired by my couture but, to make it more affordable, that meant less beadwork and intricate detailing. The pieces also needed to be made more quickly than the couture pieces shown here in Paris, which took forever to create.”

Cinco, being one of the world’s most sought-after Filipino designers, has designs worn by both local and international celebrities