THE SITUATION

If you like badass prints as much as we do, you always run the risk of falling into an unconscious color stupor. Here to ensure that doesn’t happen is the Sicilian-born, Rome-based designer Marco de Vincenzo, who has well-honed advice on taming crazypants prints and pulling off a fashion rainbow.

JJ: I’ve been Technicolor since I was about five years old. Where did your obsession come from?

MdV: It’s derived from what I call the “Sicilian Trash Aesthetic.” In the summer and during religious celebrations, Sicily explodes with color. When I was young, my parents would bring me to these festivals and I wouldn’t know where to look because everything was so beautiful and full of color.  Now, when I design, I can never just dye a fabric just one color, I always mix many together!

JJ: Thankfully, your clothes never look very trashy.

MdV: That’s because I am very rigorous in the choice of shapes, symmetry and fabrics. So for example, if I work with flowers, I might use an exaggerated palette, but the shapes of the flowers would be very simple and geometric.

JJ: What do you think of minimal dressers?

MdV: When I see women that are wearing clothes in a very minimal way, I always think, “Why are you not exaggerating?” I think fashion was invented just for women because they have more creativity, capacity and interest in showing off their style. So they should do it!

NAILING THE TRIPLE-LINDY OF COLOR COMBINATIONS: THE BIG FAT RAINBOW

JJ: Marco, you love a rainbow and so do we. The big question on everyone’s mind is: how to wear one and not look like you’re seven years old?

MdV:  My rainbows are never literal. They are more graphic. This season I did vertical stripes on knitwear. It also helps to have clean, sleek silhouettes that are also very slim. Don’t create volume with your rainbows.

JJ: Right. Otherwise you look like a giant gay flag—which is fine to hang on the wall, but maybe not to wear. Are you a fan of mixing prints together?

MdV: You can absolutely mix hearts, circles, triangles and other shapes all in one outfit.  I hate when a person wears something bold and then decides to pair it with black trousers.  Boldness is what makes someone stand out.  Like you—you choose a colorful top, then a printed skirt, then a pair of shoes…

JJ: Yeah, but I exaggerate a bit sometimes, don’t you think?

MdV: No! That’s what I do too, and I think you’re doing it in the right way. It’s about creating harmony between things. Only a small group of people can actually do this well, women who have taste.

HOW A REGULAR WORKING GIRL CAN PULL OFF A RAINBOW

JJ: Let’s break it down: What’s the easiest way to pull off a rainbow?

MdV: Most women can wear a rainbow just by wearing a black coat over their stripes. Also, my fall-winter knitted rainbow dresses are like long T-shirts. They occupy zero space in your luggage. You buy this simple little thing and you suddenly have a powerful look without the need of adding anything else.

JJ: Can a working woman show up to the office flashing one?

MdV: I am completely aware of the fact that you really can’t go crazy and dress up eccentrically if you’re a teacher at a high school, or a doctor, or a lawyer. But I do believe a lawyer can and should wear the rainbow sunglasses to work and the rainbow sweater under her navy or black suit at the courthouse.

JJ: Excellent suggestion! I also like the idea of a judge secretly sporting a rainbow under her robe.

MdV: Many women carry clothing, like high heels, with them in their bag.  A judge could carry a rainbow shirt in her bag, so that she can change into it for an aperitivo, or a night out.

MARCO PICKS OUT HIS FAVORITE LADOUBLEJ VINTAGE RAINBOWS

JJ: We have a lot of rainbow-esque vintage pieces at LaDoubleJ.  Would you please pick out your favorites, the ones that you feel go best with your rainbow aesthetic.

MdV: Sure! [they are all shown below!] My clothes and these LaDoubleJ pieces are for a girl who is eccentric, young, powerful and has the guts to wear something different and to make a statement.

JJ: Yeah, we don’t mess around.  These pieces all knocked us over the head with love.

MdV: I firmly believe in love at first sight, and that colors are a therapy. They give you power!

JJ: Amen to that, BABE.

-J.J. Martin

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