Impalpable by Michael Cinco for BENCH
Michael Cinco’s works have been the talk of the town especially after the girls from America’s Next Top Model wore his gowns made out of recycled materials in one season. Needless to say, I became a fan.
His first public debut in the Philippines was the show for popular beauty brand, L’oreal. I remember wishing I could watch his show then lo and behold, a few seasons later I get to see his works come alive with my own eyes. Only this time for a branch we Filipinos all know and love, BENCH.
The show was held to launch Michael Cinco’s perfume for BENCH aptly titled, Impalpable.
Im·pal·pa·ble adj: incapable of being felt by touch; intangible.
And that was exactly how everything on stage felt like - surreal, aloof and untouchable. The stage was crafted out of the things fairy tales are made of. A pristine white gazebo, a romantic white swing and an eerie life-size sculpture.
The gowns looked very precious, almost fragile if you will. From big and layered to slinky and body-hugging, each one shone in the light. Not one was short of the word “beautiful”.
Fans of America’s Next Top Model (myself included) were given an extra treat, All-Stars Allison Harvard and Dominique Reighard graced the show with their presence. While Dominique was very alluring, Allison was eerily enchanting.
A group of men clad in BENCH underwear dominated the show towards the end. Then the designer himself, Michael Cinco appears and closes the show with a bang.
Designer Rajo Laurel presented his collection in the adjacent function room. Unfortunately, I didn’t watch it because it was also a special occasion for me and my boyfriend who waited for me while I watched the show. We had dinner instead. All’s well that ends well.