Michael Cinco's couture glitters at Philippine Fashion week

MANILA, Philippines - Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco needs very little introduction, and provided a fitting end to day one of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013 at the SMX Convention Centre. 

Cinco has earned international recognition for his intricately detailed couture gowns. After establishing his own couture house in Dubai in 2003, the Samar-born and London-educated designer went on to dress Middle East royals. 

His 2013 collection opened with nude, heavily-embroidered and body-conscious silhouettes. The pieces became more lavish as the show went on, with models in bejeweled headbands and tiaras in black and beige. 

A spectacular crimson red dress, worn by Paloma Faith at the 2013 Met Gala, came right before the finale: a magnificent nude gown, with a flowing tulle train layered with a rain of precious stones and Swarovski crystals. 

"A Michael Cinco woman is monied," he says in his website. "She may not be born into royalty but she better be married into one. My clothes appear seamless. It looks heavy but it floats. It looks expensive, simply because it is."

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RED BEAUTY. Worn by Paloma faith in the 2013 Met Gala

RED BEAUTY.

Worn by Paloma faith in the 2013 Met Gala

MICHAEL CINCO. Couture extraordinaire

MICHAEL CINCO.

Couture extraordinaire

- Rappler.com