Michael Cinco dazzles with an all-white show at Arab Fashion Week 2022

“I want to inspire people to make love, not war,” said Michael Cinco of his new fall / winter 2022 collection. Unveiled Friday night at Arab Fashion Week, Cinco unveiled a dazzling almost all-white collection.

Speaking via Zoom prior to the event, the designer explained how he based the collection on the hiatus of the past two years. “The collection that I will present is actually inspired by what is happening in the world today. Like the old and unlikely dream of peace and serenity.

A model on the Michael Cinco catwalk, as part of the Arab Fashion Week, at D3 in Dubai.  Pawan Singh / The international

“We are at war with Covid and there is a war going on in Europe, so I am passionate about creating something that will impact what is happening right now. I want to inspire people to make love, not war. “

Clearly Cinco is on something with his message of peace and friendship, as it was impressive to note how many people showed up on Friday night to see the designer deliver his Fall / Winter 2022 collection. Speaking to him just hours before the show, in that unique gap between the studio and the runway, when labels buzz in the beautiful chaos that underlies each new collection, Cinco was both charming and relaxed. Although he had a team of experts at work in the atelier, inevitably, things were delayed. “I’m still running out of clothes,” he said, laughing. “But I hope to finish them.”

Of course, the dresses were all finished and the subsequent collection on the runway offered a subtle, but significant change of approach. Instead of focusing on the couture suits that forged his reputation, Cinco was instead of a simpler frame of mind and presented a runway of ready-to-wear pieces.

“Most of the collection is black and white and there will be a lot of feathers because it is an autumn / winter collection, and there are also a lot of seperates.

“The collection right now is more of a pret-a-porter line, not quite the couture I’m so known for. There is less volume, I still have some, of course, because it’s my signature, but this time I want to create more movement so people can walk and feel free. “

This freedom took the form of fluid dresses, in chiffon, cut to flow with each step. To highlight this nonchalance, the models fidgeted and turned on the runway. There were cheeky bralette tops and bodycon skirts, neat cut pants under short jackets for women, and oversized coats for men.

“This time around it’s less tied up and more about relaxed clothes,” Cinco said.

Part of the reason for this new change is the involvement of a new audience, he explained. “I’m trying to make him look young and different, but always with the Michael Cinco aesthetic. Our DNA is more in the detail, so there is a lot of embroidery, but now it’s less paved, fewer crystals. It’s more in line with the flow.

The new collection featured men's oversized coats and jackets.  Pawan Singh / The international

In addition to a different look, the new pieces are priced very differently, with the new ready-to-wear at a fraction of the cost of handmade couture. “Today people don’t like to spend so much money on a certain dress, due to the economic crisis we are facing, so I want to create something more affordable, but always with the Cinco aesthetic.”

Created for men and women, the obvious question was why Cinco chose to build the collection around the most bridal color: white? For Cinco the choice was obvious. “I want to promote peace. People are struggling and we are all in pain and misery. We all have mental health problems and are concerned about the war between Russia and Ukraine. I just want to inspire people to be calm and to be inspired by beauty, so I chose white, because it speaks of serenity. “

Michael Cinco's new collection focuses on the tranquility of white.  Pawan Singh / The international

As a counterpoint to the calm tranquility of the total white collection, Cinco closed the show with three huge, dazzling dresses, in rippling streaks of green. “The last three pieces are inspired by my recent trips to Iceland,” she explained. “I’ve been traveling to see the Northern Lights for five years now and it gives me so much calm, inspiration and joy every time I see it. It is a magical phenomenon and no one knows exactly how it happens or when. We know it comes from the sun, but it’s like a dream, like magic. “

Although he has just returned from Iceland, and hours before a runway show, Cinco is clearly not in the mood to sit still, as he explains that soon after Arab Fashion Week comes out, the collection will be packed and shipped to Los Angeles. , where she is attending LA Fashion Week.

“I’m leaving the day after tomorrow,” she said. “Now I am looking to promote my pret-a-porter line, which I will be launching by the summer of this year, as well as my perfume line. I’m trying to do all these shows for media mileage and being loud on social media. Yes, I have a lot of things happening, but I work better under pressure ”.

Updated: March 26, 2022, 10:09 am

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