Michael caught the boom time when it was rising in the Middle East. Women we're spending so much money on certain clothes and partying. Grand lifestyles, opulence, and "having all things shiny" has become a part of the Middle East's culture. Cinco realised this and had to adapt at the time.
"I tried to adapt the phase. It was tough because there were so many fashion houses at the time. There was great competition at the time. A big competition with the other fashion houses. So what I did was, I just went with the flow. I had to do designs that has European phase but with the Arabic patch. "
His exposure to different cultures helped with his creativity. Pulling inspirations from the henna tattoos, veils, and all black attires that Arabian women wear, the crafting and beadwork techniques from the Philippines, European renaissance themes, and silhouettes from American designers.
Cinco has named designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino as his inspirations; and Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Ricardo Tisci for their edginess.
His couture shows are designed to empathize crystals in his garments, using steady lighting, and European themed stage design. From the renaissance opulence patterns to the enchanted Palace of Versailles in France. Tries to reflect on the European structures and interiors , each collection runway/stage design is different and matches with theme or colour theme of the season or mood, wide runways, luxury, opulence vibe and royalty to reflect on the expensive lifestyle and gowns. Using steady lighting in different positions for the crystal beads to reflect in different angles. Choreographed with men escorting the women, with each show being simple, while matching the theme and inspiration of the designer that is almost fantasy like and enchanted like. Royalty floorings like red carpets, white tiles, marble floorings, projected backgrounds-to-plain backgrounds are often used in his shows.