When it comes to celebrities endorsing saris, the first image that comes to mind is of Rekha; her repository comprises of some museum-worthy pieces. Another star joining the league, slowly but surely, is Southern star Samantha Akkineni. Samantha Akkineni’s sari looks are a major inspiration for anyone who wants to be schooled in traditional handlooms.
A celebrated name in Tollywood, she has claimed four Filmfare awards and several commercial hits such as Mersal (2017), and Rangasthalam (2018). Just like her filmography, her red carpet looks are also replete with eclectic options; be it floral dresses or simple suits, Akkineni knows how to whip up a look. For us, what stands out is her love for traditional saris.
From exquisitely crafted silk saris by Raw Mango to beautiful drapes by Ekaya X Archana Rao to intricate gold weaves by Good Earth, Akkineni never shies away from embracing saris. However, her love for the traditional Indian drapes is not just limited to red carpet appearances. She has been vocal about supporting Andra weavers and has been a brand ambassador for Telangana handlooms too.
Here are our favourite Samantha Akkineni sari looks –
Blues for perfection
Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj’s wedding was all over the internet. Among the biggest names attending their ceremony was Akkineni in blue silk sari by Raw Mango. With intricately crafted floral motifs and a gold and powder blue border, the sari certainly was one of her best till date.
Greys done right
If you thought greys evoked a sombre vibe, maybe this Ekaya x Archana Rao drape with scalloped borders will change your opinion. We love its lightweight sari falls and subtle pistachio hue of the blouse. What’s not to love?
Whites are here to stay
Whites might conjure up an unorthodox image when it comes to saris, but leave it to bridal couturier Anita Dongre for experimenting with such colours. This white sari with exquisite pastel embroidery makes for a perfect festive number. What do you think?
Yellows can elevate one’s mood, and what better than a beautiful and light Raw Mango organza saree; this look is certainly creating a moment. And to top it over, Akkineni has paired the drape with YSL earrings, talk vintage!
Go for gold
When it comes to gold, you can hardly go wrong. The trick is in breaking the monotony, remember to pair your gold sari with a distinctive coloured blouse or one with featuring details. We love the striped details on Akkineni’s blouse, making it one of the most memorable Samantha Akkineni’s sari looks. This Good Earth drape is everything.
Metallics in all its forms
Even though metallic are exquisite, but one can easily go wrong with them. Following a safe pattern is a great idea, case in point being this Abraham & Thakore black and metal belted blouse and sari combination. We love the way the colour scheme falls in place with the right contrast.
Blacks for all seasons
When nothing works, a classic black sari drape can do it. This beautiful linen sari by Anavila, punctuated with a floral blouse makes for a perfect pan-seasonal look. What do you think?
When it comes to experimenting with tones of reds, the colour wheel is extensive. This lightweight Raw Mango sari worn by Akkineni makes for a perfect summer look.