by Amber Aaron
Fashion icon is a term that’s thrown around loosely yet should never be taken lightly, and when you hear it, your mind should, perhaps, shift to the likes of Michelle Obama, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn or maybe Pharell Williams—the 2015 Style Icon Award recipient—the award given annually by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2002. So, can we safely place Amal Clooney in the same category? Does she have an identifiable personal style that will transcend to influence the next generation over time?
Here’s what’s intriguing about her and what may heighten the propensity to deem Amal the next fashion icon albeit prematurely. We like that her style is diverse—not only do we see her in smart suits and business separates, she’s also no stranger to a trendy pair of wedge sneakers and boyfriend jeans. She’s bold—playing with patterns, textures and cuts which she always seems to pull off effortlessly.
Amal does not live in the shadow of her husband’s celebrity status, either. She is an established human rights lawyer, there is something iconic about a woman who is a trailblazer in her own right and whose spouse compliments her success, rather than create it.
But have we had a “that’s so Amal Clooney” moment yet? While it is certainly delightful that we can always expect something fresh and age appropriate from her, there has yet to be that thing we know is signature for her style. For example, Michelle O. has her sheath dresses, cardigans and kitten heels; Jackie O. had her sunglasses; Audrey Hepburn’s capri pants and flats were notable styles associated with her timeless looks. So, what about Amal—will we be debating about her, as a fashion icon decades from now? Presented by the CFDA or voted by self-proclaimed fashion critics around the world, fashion icon is a tall order to fill for anyone, and we’ve got our eye on you, Amal.