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In the wardrobe of model and stylist Joao Quintao Marcolla

“Uggs for fall, Havaianas for summer, Wish fringed gladiators for spring and Depression for winter.

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This week we follow the personal style journey of the Melbourne model and stylist, Joao Quintao Marcolla. Joao’s wardrobe is the embodiment of the ‘Fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously’ sentiment – a gender-neutral mix of high-end pieces, local designer gems and pieces reminiscent of the swag culture of the 20s. 2010. Joao’s style is irreverent and extraterrestrially sexy, equal parts Lady Gaga and Cobra Starship. Read on for their style journey.

Who are you and what do you like to wear?

I’m a weaboo, I’m currently in debt to the Brazilian government, [I’m a] content creator mukbang, asexual adjacent, aspiring to be an aspiring actor, I’m researching a protein powder that’s right for me and talking to my attorneys about how I can sue those whose mood boards I end up on. My best features are my face, my hair, my calves and my ass.

I wish I had smaller feet and seriously considered doing a lip flip for 2026. I like to wear white Havaianas with the little Brazilian flag on them.

I love communicating with bangles and wearing things that people tell me they could never do that look like costume parts. I am currently accepting money for all modeling/styling gigs.

What does your style evolution look like? Do you feel like you’ve gained confidence in the way you dress?

I definitely started wearing boat shoes when they were only available in vintage and stopped before they were mass produced again in the early 2010s. short, which was quite a trick. I wore a lot of pajamas in college and had a Birkenstock tan. [I gained confidence] when I stopped paying attention to how people reacted to my Aquarius rising, things fell into place and leaned into it a bit more.

Personal style is a journey. Have you ever felt the need to fit into a particular fashion box?

Yes, when I pretended not to be gay and just the weird reality of gendered clothing.

Take us back to those difficult teenage years. Do you have any fashion regrets?

I mean, I wore garland suspenders with skinny jeans and ugly knit sweaters, but I don’t regret it. My regrets are things I didn’t end up buying, [like] do not buy this unicorn necklace from Kiss they posted on Instagram about a year ago. I regret not being more of a cosplayer. there was definitely a drop in taste at some point in college.

I don’t know, it’s also a bit of a red/blue pill sting. Fashion can be such a headache. If I was never into it, things would definitely be easier – but I guess at some point I picked the pill that makes you see and care. And unless I go from visually impaired (I failed my driving eye test) to true blindness, that won’t change. Do I still regret it? I wouldn’t say it was a choice I made, so IDK if I may regret it, but would I if I could? When I was broke, I thought about it.

What are the most expensive and least expensive items in your wardrobe?

The most expensive is a pair of gold chains (a necklace and a bracelet) that my grandmother gave me for my 18th birthday, both of which I lost. But the most expensive I’ve bought is the green, feathery, bedazzled Palomo Spain jumpsuit I saw Paz wearing in a Buffalo Zine publish.

What is the most significant fashion piece you own?

Two years ago it would have been these chains… but nothing really stands out as the most significant. I get itchy when I don’t own my aforementioned Havaianas.

What’s in your cart right now?

I haven’t had one in a while because they keep me going in circles. But mentally, [in my cart] there’s a boyfriend with an airplane license (and an airplane) and The B-52 Universe: The Essential Guide to the World’s Biggest Party Band book. And since I’m in Brazil as I write this, I have to remind myself that I need to pick up green cabbage seeds, two cartons of cigarettes to bring home, two point two five liters of cachaca, and some postcards for a friend.

What fashion piece are you saving up for right now?

There is this very wild Bougainvillea Porosus Crocodile Birkin bag I’ve got my eye on it, and I think I got a connection on the cheap. [And] Bottega Veneta Puddle Boots in Musk Pink.

What wardrobe items do you wear on a loop?

Okay, the one item I wear almost daily is my Lizzie Fortunato Sheer Bow Cuffs, the thicker they stock. And this ring that’s been stuck on my finger for four months. I’m too scared to get it cut…other than that; Uggs for fall, Havaianas for summer, Wish fringed gladiator sandals for spring and Depression for winter.

Who are your favorite local designers?

Maroske Peech and Pure Obsession are my local guilt-free spices for the cupboard. Michaela Starck is an expatriate from Brissy who also killed him. Fuck Quinn has applied her years of corsetry experience in many well-executed and detailed pieces and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for her to start taking orders.

Other than that, I was a fan of EdgeleyPig, Official Miracles, Lemon Egg, Jordan Dalah, Alix Higgin, Ramp Tramp Tramp StampJules Bramley, Hook Baeetc

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