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“My success is from my team” – Michael Cinco on his WGSN Global Fashion Awards Nomination as Breakthrough Designer

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It was not long ago when we dished out the deets on Michael Cinco’s special participation in America’s Next Top Model. Yet again, the Dubai’s homegrown haute couturier has received another accolade in the international fashion arena.

This time, he has been shortlisted as Breakthrough Designer of 2011 at the coveted WGSN Global Fashion Awards.

According to the man of the hour, it was in Santorini (Greece) where he received the email from the WGSN organizer informing him of his being a finalist. But he was in a café in the French Riviera when he the news got out. Fresh from his trip and elated for his nomination, he told La Moda Dubai, “I’m so happy to have been shortlisted together with the top fashion innovators in the world.”

Michael Cinco (C) during his shoot with Nigel Barker for America’s Next Top Model

Other names that were included in the recently announced list of nominees include Erdem, Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada for Most Influential Designer (Womenswear); Raf Simons and Tom Ford for Most Influential Designer (Menswear); H&M and Reiss for Global Brand or Retailer; and another source of pride for Dubai’s fashion pack, s*uce for Outstanding Fashion Innovator cateogry.

This year’s award’s night will take place at Gotham Hall in New York on October 20, 2011. The black-tie event is expected to attract the world’s fashion elite like it did in its inauguration last year where the likes of Nigel Barker, Nicholas Kirkwood, William Tempest, Fern Mallis, Robert Verdi and Louise Roe were in attendance.

We’ve seen his growth, and there’s no question that the genius of a Michael Cinco is going full steam ahead towards global stardom. He deeply attributes his success to his creative team. He concluded, “[My success] is from my team, including the Swarovski team who nominated me. They have been extremely helpful and supportive in all my projects and my collections. And, of course, to all people who have put their faith and confidence in me.”

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