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Amal Clooney Makes a Case for Evening-Appropriate Burgundy

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The official color of 2018 is ultra-violet, according to Pantone – but for Amal Clooney, it seems to be burgundy. The Beirut-born human rights lawyer stepped out twice over the weekend in deep berry hues, proving that the rich, autumnal palette certainly still has a place in summer wardrobes.

The 40-year-old mother of two attended the opening of a new Giambattista Valli store on London’s Sloane Street on Thursday evening, donning a one-shouldered jumpsuit by the Roman designer for the occasion. Crafted in oxblood lace with a delicate ruffled neckline, the one-piece perfectly fused a feminine fabric with a contemporary silhouette. Metallic pumps and tousled waves flipped over one shoulder complemented, rather than distracted from, the design. It’s not the first time Clooney, who welcomed twins Ella and Alexander last June, has turned to Valli, either – the barrister sported a voluminous, structured mini from the designer during her wedding weekend in 2014. Clooney tied the knot with actor and director husband George in Venice, and wore a blossom-covered, haute couture dress shortly after the couple said “I do”.

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Nor was this the lawyer’s only brush with burgundy in recent days – on Saturday, Clooney attended the WAAAUB UK Chapter Gala Dinner in a crushed velvet floor-sweeper. With a dainty train and artful ruching around the waist, the bespoke Alberta Ferretti gown positively oozed high-octane glamour as she swept into the Jumeirah Carlton Tower. The decadent fabric, cast in a bordeaux hue, might on paper sound wonderfully wintry, but Clooney proved it can be midsummer-worthy too, as she stepped out on a warm June night.

The barrister jetted back to the UK shortly after joining husband George as he was honored with a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute last week. During the ceremony, Amal gave a moving address about the actor and director, revealing “he is a gentleman in every sense of the word and in a way that seems so rare these days and perhaps even outdated”. She also paid tribute to her husband’s “incredible talent and character”, adding that such attributes make him “an amazing husband and father”. “I met George when I was 35 and starting to become quite resigned to the idea that I was going to be a spinster,” the British-Lebanese lawyer said, candidly. “Then we met and started hiding out in my London flat and very soon it felt like, no matter what happened, I would never want to be with anyone else. My love, what I have found with you is the great love I always hoped existed.”

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