Get to know Aishwarya’s new favourite designer: Michael Cinco
Meet the genius behind one of her most memorable Cannes outings
Fifteen years down the line, little has changed for Cannes veteran Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The speculation around her wardrobe choices remains the same, as does the intense media scrutiny back home. You’d have thought over the past decade and a half, we’d have seen it all but Aishwarya managed to surprise us (yet again!) at this year’s edition of the much-touted Cannes Film Festival.
The actress dug into her bag of tricks and came out with a poufy ballgown from her new Arabic find, Michael Cinco. The Dubai-based designer is a revered name in the Middle Eastern couture scene, and he didn’t get there by doing things half measure, no sir. His ever-expanding A-list clientele includes Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Rihanna all of whom have fallen prey to his elaborate silhouettes and flair for drama. Just ask Jennifer Lopez, who sported his 20-foot long stained glass cape for her performance on the Tonight Show last year. Fun fact: His vision was brought to life by a hundred craftsmen who clocked in six entire months of handpainting.
The 45-year-old designer has no qualms in admitting that his clothes aren’t for everyone. “A Michael Cinco woman is moneyed. She may not be born into royalty, but she better be married into one,” he quips before adding, “My clothes appear seamless. They look heavy and yet they float. They look expensive simply because they are.”
When he isn’t winning accolades on the Cannes red carpet, Michael is making ripples in the elite circle of Dubai’s best dressed. His latest runway collection, The Impalpable Dream of The Maharaja, pays an ode to the Indian royalty of fore, replicating their antique accessories in intricate embroidery on his lush 28-piece ballgown collection. Bookmark his name; you’ll be seeing him everywhere soon enough.