Akshta Murty makes a statement with her sartorial choices

Here's the UK First Lady’s stylebook from the recently-concluded G20 summit.

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As the G20 Summit comes to an end, it is Akshata Murty’s sartorial choices that have garnered a lot of attention. Wife of UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murty and philanthropist Sudha Murty, Akshata used the platform to promote sustainable, women-led small brands.  


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On Friday, she walked out of the plane in a crisp white button-down shirt from the UK-based sustainable label With Nothing Underneath, paired with a multi-coloured floral printed maxi skirt—an Indo-western look, which was a perfect nod to both.



During the course of the day, she visited the British Council and even played football with the kids while being dressed in a bright pink and coral co-ord set by the home-grown label Shop Drawn founded by Rhea Bhattacharya in Gurgaon during the pandemic. Bhattacharya collaborates with illustrators to create prints that are unique to her brand, such as the one worn by Akshata. Akshata paired the outfit with matching pink pumps, but was seen barefoot with a football. 



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To attend a millet exhibition at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Delhi on Saturday, Akshata wore a lilac marble-print dress designed by Manimekhala Fuller, a UK-based designer of half-Indian heritage. By donning the button-down style dress with puffed sleeves and fabric belt, Akshata showed her commitment to sustainable fashion and small women-owned businesses both within India and throughout the diaspora. She paired it with matching pumps and a mini tote bag.  



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For the G20 Gala Dinner hosted by President Droupadi Murmu at the Bharat Mandapam on Saturday, Akshata once again revealed her love for fusion wear. She wore a green, blue, and magenta printed silk maxi dress by London-based designer of Indian origin, Saloni Lodha, known for her classic fits, vibrant prints, and pops of colour. 



On Sunday morning, Akshata and Rishi visited the Akshardham Temple and for this, she decided to go for a traditional look. She chose a simple block-printed mustard kurta from Fabindia and paired it with magenta palazzo pants and a matching dupatta. 



But it is her final look, a beautiful sari in pastel pink with gota strips designed by Raw Mango that cemented her position as a rising style icon. Standing at the aeroplane door, with her hands folded, hair tied up neatly in a bun,  and a matching half-sleeved blouse, Akshata looked the epitome of elegance and poise as she bid adieu to India.