On Samantha Akkineni's birthday, her 5 looks that stand out
Samantha Akkineni is easily among the most glamorous actresses in the spotlight right now. The Tamil and Telugu film star has recently made several elegant, yet dazzling fashion statements. Ahead, a look at some of her most stylish new looks.
Samantha Akkineni, who made her acting debut in 2010 — in Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Ye Maaya Chesave — is one of the Tamil and Telugu film industries' most popular faces. She has been making waves with back-to-back blockbuster films such as Rangasthalam (2018), Mahanati (2018), and Oh! Baby (2019), and has four Filmfare Awards to her credit. Much like her acting career, Akkineni has put her sartorial stamp on the South Indian movie industry. If you're one of Akkineni's 9.6 million Instagram followers — her account is always full of exciting life updates, be it sneak-peeks from her movies, or fun photos with her actor-husband Naga Chaitanya — you may have noticed that the star's eye-popping style goes way beyond the silver screen. The Super Deluxe actress hits just the right sartorial notes between girl-next-door, and movie star, and as time passes she only becomes more interesting.
Samantha Akkineni and her longtime stylist, Preetham Jukalker, have been smart about balancing her wardrobe choices that perfectly reflect her experimental, chameleonic style in all its glory. Over the years, the actress has become a regular fixture on red carpets with her sophisticated looks — her friend Krésha Bajaj is clearly one of her favourite designers — yet her sense of style extends way beyond high-wattage glamour. Perfectly polished yet still relaxed, Akkineni’s chic street-style radiates elegance wherever she goes. Whether she’s wearing a long white shirtdress styled with airy, striped pants, or a romantic red dress with statement jewellery, there's no denying that the Oh! Baby star has cemented her status as the ultimate fashion connoisseur.
On her 33rd birthday (April 28), we chart just some of her latest outfits that have seen Akkineni become a powerful sartorial star. Ahead, five distinct Samantha Akkineni looks we loved, coveted, searched, and looked to for style inspiration.
Samantha Akkineni’s tissue saree is a versatile version of the six-yard
While attending a wedding in February 2020, Samantha Akkineni went the traditional route with a metallic tissue saree with a rich border by designer label, Good Earth. Akkineni wore her saree with a brocade blouse that came with black and gold striped sleeves, and gota detailing on the neckline. When it comes to elevating Indian outfits, nothing beats the charm of a statement necklace. Akkineni styled her saree with a chunky pearl necklace that worked well with the low neckline of her blouse. With the focus on the necklace, the star opted for minimal diamond earrings. Tying her hair back into a bun, she relied on bold brows, kohled eyes and red lipstick, along with a small black bindi to complete her ethnic Indian outfit.
Samantha Akkineni stood out in a risqué yellow embroidered dress
In January 2020, at the Zine Cine Awards Telugu, not only did Samantha Akkineni nab an award, but she also made sure to catch everyone’s attention in her look for the evening: a show-stopping mustard yellow Jonathan Simkhai dress. The see-through lace number featured an in-built bustier and a ruffled asymmetrical hemline. She styled her head-turning dress with a pair of matching velvet crystal-embellished Manolo Blahnik pumps, and a pair of delicate sapphire drop earrings by House of Aynat. With a dress as dramatic as hers, she balanced her head-to-toe yellow look with minimal makeup and a sleek half-ponytail hairdo.
Samantha Akkineni shows how to colour-block in a bright kurta set
Whether Samantha Akkineni is promoting a movie or attending an event, the actress always manages to make a statement with her outfits. For an event in November 2019, Samantha Akkineni opted for a look from Raw Mango. Akkineni’s ensemble brought together two contrasting hues — a bright yellow kurta, worn with an emerald green salwar featuring traditional gold embroidery — giving her fans a crash course in colour-blocking with traditional ensembles. The star complemented her vibrant kurta set with gold jewellery and accessories: oversized danglers designed by Sheetal Zaveri by Vithaldas, a heavy gold cuff by Ritika Sachdeva, and gold sandals. She balanced the outfit out with rosy pink lips and a sleek ponytail.
Bookmark Samantha Akkineni’s red gown if you want some drama
Samantha Akkineni seems to love wearing bold hues. Apart from being spotted in a vibrant green and yellow Raw Mango kurta suit, and her head-to-toe yellow look at an awards show, she wore a red gown by Silvia Tcherassi while promoting her movie, Oh! Baby in July 2019. Featuring a fitted, bustier-style bodice, and a floor-sweeping pleated skirt, complete with a matching bow-style belt that cinched in at the waist, the gown perfectly hugged Akkineni’s curves. The star's pearl necklace added an opulent touch to her bold pick. Akkineni embraced old-school Hollywood glamour with a retro wavy hairstyle, and subtle makeup: winged eyeliner, a nude pink lip, pink eyeshadow, and blushed cheeks.
Samantha Akkineni styles shirtdress in a brand new way
In June 2019, Samantha Akkineni was spotted in a long white shirtdress by Kanelle, styled with airy, striped pants by Yavï. A sleeveless jacket by the same designer served as a light layer and added a playful touch to her outfit. Though the white shirtdress could have been worn sans pants, the actress added her striped trousers into the look to play with textures and colours. Akkineni accentuated her outfit with gold necklaces in varying lengths and a pair of diamond studs. In the makeup department, she went with a soft pink lip colour, and bold eye makeup featuring a hint of blue eyeshadow. Lastly, a pair of strappy nude stilettos completed her look.
(All photos courtesy Samantha Akkineni's official Instagram accounts.)