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The Amal Clooney Effect: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Her Power Style

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Amal Clooney

The human rights lawyer is one of the best-dressed working women in the world, and everyone is noticing: "She's changed the game.”

Multitasking, megapowered ladies have no time to think about clothes — or do they? Consider Amal Clooney, one of the best-dressed working women in the world as an attorney representing such high-profile clients as Julian Assange at London's Doughty Street Chambers, which takes on criminal justice, immigration, human rights and civil liberties work.

For nighttime carpets with her husband, George, she dons eye-catching cocktail looks by Maison Martin Margiela, Vionnet and Giambattista Valli. For the chambers and meetings abroad, she projects both style-consciousness and professionalism in soft-colored Gucci or Stella McCartney tops with flared skirts, standout-but-low-key dresses by Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Tome and very structured handbags.

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"She's changed the game," says Saks Fifth Avenue top personal shopper Tony Ferreira. "And she's put the word out about new brands, such as Tome. Now more executive women are asking about it." A recent charcoal slim-cut pantsuit from Dolce & Gabbana even revived the demand for pantsuits that are feminine, not frumpy. "Since she wore that suit," says a salesperson at the Dolce boutique on Rodeo, "we can't keep it in the store." Adds Neiman Marcus personal shopper Catherine Bloom: "She definitely has had an impact on what people are talking about. Clients, designers, everyone's watching her outfits, which are an Instagram favorite now."

New Labels: This Camillo Bona dress was immediately knocked off by a website that sold a copycat version for $38.

Pantsuit Revival: On Oct. 5, the Internet took note as Clooney headed to work in a Dolce & Gabbana pinstripe suit and bag.

Chic Separates: A Gucci blouse and Balenciaga bag powered Clooney through a Manhattan meeting this spring.

Modern Classic: A Chanel suit looked fresh, not fussy, paired with power pumps, bag and flowing hair.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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