Expecting Michael Cinco to abandon crystals would be akin to seeing his show marginal and facile. It will never happen. As a Dubai-based designer and a musical opera fanatic, he has pronounced sumptuous, grandiose sensibility that variously embraces elaborated gowns and dresses – all within the confines of Hollywood glamour and theatrical fashion. The results tend to be of variant returns – sometimes dark, sometimes bright – but, for one main thing: to deliver elegant and painstakingly detailed pieces.
With his most recent collection (which also commemorates his 20th Anniversary in the industry), he amused his audience by showing his usual fashion reveries through a melodramatic couture rendered in black, nude and blush. The collection was revealed to a sweeping contemporary musical score. And as soon as the lights flashed, an assemblage of textural art deco- inspired ensembles dazzling in neutral tone laces, pearls, ceramic cuts and his most precious accouterments Swarovski crystals was brought out to the stage. Each piece was gracefully sculpted onto the model’s body as if costumed for ‘The Great Gatsby’. And there were some Russian inspirations too: Czarinas and Matryoshka Dolls. Meanwhile, his second set was comprised of laser cut laces, digitally printed embroideries and embellishments meticulously hand-stitched in tulle fabrics.
The models became reflections of dark swans in opulent tiaras and beaded veils, dancing in poetry as Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ played out. Although some of the patterns were not far from his usual category, his set of black frocks revealed his sharp technique and dark romantic sensibility.
As Michael Cinco’s show depicted to a close, the most striking Filipina supermodels Charo Ronquillo and Chat Almarvez walked down the runway in full gowns formed in flounces and petals to send one pervasive message: the impalpable dream of Russia.