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Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010: Michael Cinco

The Dubai-based designer awes with a Madama Butterfly-inspired collection.
Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010: Michael Cinco The Dubai-based designer awes with a Madama Butterfly-inspired collection.

It must've been terribly heartwarming for Michael Cinco to hear the roaring applause his audience generously heaped upon the creations he sent out sashaying onto the runway for his solo show for Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010. From the first piece that started the show—a marvel of craftsmanship fashioned from what appeared to be sandalwood—to the last daintily embellished long gown modeled by Jasmine Maierhoffer, Michael's entire PFW Holiday 2010 oeuvre was a sight to behold.

It was inspired by Giacomo Puccini's operatic opus Madama Butterfly, which is set in Nagasaki, Japan. Its charmingly beautiful protagonist, Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly herself) is beset with a romantically tragic fate that leads to her demise.

It seemed, however, that Michael decided to focus only on the untroubled acts of his inspiration, as most of the confections in his collection recall a more buoyant and radiant, champagne-and-palest-of-pinks type of energy. Gone are the foreshadowings of tragedy and the very dramatic spectacle of Cio-Cio San's ultimate demise, which could've been movingly realized in dark, wickedly beautiful Oriental regalia.

But regardless of the collection's parallels with the story, there is no doubt that Michael's work was magnificently executed. To say that his collection was fantastic would not quite cut it, for it was definitely beyond that. It was fantastic, yes, meaning it was laden with the elaborate fantasy characteristic of haute couture. But strip the looks of their glitzy makeup and hairstyles (which were also fantastic, by the way), and various other accoutrements, and you'll have decadent, breathtaking gowns that are not so far removed from the potentialities of sartorial reality. Just find a palatial party to attend, and you'll fit right in—or stand right out in sparkling splendor.

Overall, it was a superlative tour de force that glittered, impressed, and rightly concluded Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010.

Click here to view Michael Cinco's Madama Butterfly-inspired collection for Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010.

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—Jae de Veyra Pickrell, Editorial Assistant