From wearing garments that her grandmother made her when she was little to now owning her own vintage business, Eligio and Emilia, Juliann Cloar has always had a love of fashion. Mixing vintage with contemporary, she creates a look that is hard to duplicate. PATTERN chatted with Cloar about her style and what inspires her.
Name: Juliann Cloar
Residence: Garfield Park, Indianapolis
Occupation: Pastry chef assistant at Milktooth
Where did you grow up?
Tipton, Indiana.. the middle of nowhere
What is your earliest memory of a noticeable interest in fashion?
My grandma was amazing at sewing, she could make anything! I know I wasn’t in school yet, so maybe 4 years old or so, I used to go with her to the fabric store and she would let me pick out my fabric and pattern of the outfits I wanted and she would sew them for me.
Who or what influences your style?
Lorde, forever and ever. She is so effortlessly glamorous, whether she is wearing a sporty adidas fit or one of her beautiful, ruffle stage pieces, she is ALWAYS killin’ it. Like her, some days I like to keep it simple while other days I am very over the top.
What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
@MiracleEye – a woman based in LA designing the most beautiful 60s & 70s inspired outfits. Her photoshoots and models all have this stunning 70s look to them. @floresitsbonitas – her Instagram grid is full or bright, vibrant colors. I feel like we already have a very similar style so I have a lot of fun getting inspiration from her visuals.
Describe your personal style.
My favorite thing to do while choosing an outfit is to bring together a clash of vintage and contemporary pieces. Vintage is so fun because you are wearing a garment that no one else has.
What’s your go-to item in your closet?
In the winter I would say my go-to is my orange, faux fur coat, it’s so vibrant and gives the perfect pop to my dreary outfits. In the summer I like to wear neutral tone maxis with a colorful kimono.
Who are your favorite designers, and what do you like about their designs?
I really love Gucci. Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, is brilliant. I love his use of patterns and embellishments. I also love that his collection is inspired by prints from his own vintage collection. Larissa and Gloria, a mother/daughter duo from LA, have created a brand called Miracle Eye that I absolutely adore. Larissa designs the 60s and 70s inspired pieces, while her mother Gloria sews them together, bringing them to life. My pieces that I have bought from them are probably my favorite things I own.
Did you ever consider leaving Indianapolis? If so, what made you stay?
Coming from such a small town, this was my first “big move”. I have been here for almost 5 years now. I really love this city. I do hope to leave someday and have some ideas in mind, but I’m here for now!
What trends are you noticing for spring?
So much ruffle and I absolutely love it!
What’s next for you? What short and long term goals are on your list?
My current goal is to continue building my vintage business. It’s been ongoing for the past year or so but this year I’ve really been putting my heart and soul into it and it’s been paying off. I really hope to see it flourish this year. Long term I would love to see myself is a new city focusing on a career in fashion whether it be styling or designing. We will see where life takes me!
Fashion is how you distinguish yourself from others. It is very fun and moody.
Worst fashion trend?
Clear panel mom jeans.. I actually didn’t know these were a thing until recently but they are right up there along with clear boots. Not a fan of sweaty knees or feet.
Best fashion trend?
Two-piece sets, I am a huge fan! I own quite a few myself. These are great as long as the pattern is not too busy.
Last but certainly not least, name your favorite fashion icon.
R I H A N N A!! The ultimate fashion goddess!