Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco received a standing ovation as he sent 30 of his latest couture pieces and, notably, his first prêt-à-porter range, down the ramp at L’Orangerie Ephémère in Le Jardin des Tuileries on Sunday.
“The whole experience is a dream come true,” says Cinco. “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’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 global launch, which coincided with the start of Paris Haute Couture Week, was an invitation-only event that also featured catwalk collections from Parisian brand On Aura Tout Vu and Indonesian trailblazer Sebastian Gunawan.
Cinco’s bespoke gowns are instantly recognisable for their ultra-feminine silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and hand-finished crystal embellishments. And although the DNA of his prêt-à-porter line remains intrinsically the same, there are some marked differences.
Cinco has dressed the great and the good of the entertainment industry from Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Minogue to Mila Kunis and Kelly Brook.