Though born in the Philippines, Michael Cinco has made a name for himself as a leading couturier in the dynamic city of Dubai. Home for over 18 years, Michael’s own rise to prominence has reflected that of his adopted city. Both enjoy glittering attention from the world’s celebrities, socialites and movers and shakers. Little wonder Michael dubs Dubai as being “so couture.” However, in celebrating Michael being invited to present his couture collection and collaboration with COUTURíSSIMO in Paris, a special private dinner was held in his honour.
Reflecting Michael’s own glamorous style and a nod to his presenting in Paris, the dinner was hosted at STAY by Yannick Alléno, at The One & Only The Palm, Palm Island – Dubai. A sophisticated French restaurant at one of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels, much beloved by the glitterati and social elite, it was the perfect venue for the evening. A four course menu, with champagne and fine wines was enjoyed by 40 hand picked guests from the media and Dubai society, as well as senior representation from the Dubai Fashion Council and D3. Michael was also supported by some of his key couture clients and of course his close compatriots and fellow ACF member designers, Furne One and Ezra Santos.
Founding President of the Asian Couture Federation, Dr. Frank Cintamani, welcomed the guests and underscored the importance of Michael presenting his work in Paris to both the Philippine and Dubai couture industries. He also talked about Michael’s collaboration with COUTURíSSIMO and presented images from the recent photo-shoot in the UK so that the assembled media and guests could appreciate the scope of Michael’s creativity and vision. Michael expressed a few words of his own excitement and honour at presenting in Paris, and the evening rolled on.
Just before dessert, Ms. Emily Hwang, Vice President, in presenting Michael with a special ACF Award, joined Dr. Frank Cintamani. The collective decision of the Executive Board and Governors, Michael was presented with the ‘Best Couture House in the Philippines and Dubai’ Award. This was in recognition of his outstanding creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. Ms. Emily Hwang presented him with a large bouquet of flowers and the evening concluded with a number of photos.