The world of fashion may have changed over the years, but what certainly hasn’t is what it represents in the socio-political world of today. Fashion and politics have always had a strong bond between them as individuals have used their attire as a way to convey their political thoughts and beliefs. Right from Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. Hillary Clinton, fashion has and will always remain one of the most effective ways to let the world know what their beliefs are and makes them feel seen and heard. With the ongoing G20 summit being held in the capital city, here’s breaking down the looks of the current delegates in attendance.
First Lady of the United Kingdom—Akshata Murthy and British Prime Minister—Rishi Sunak
The couple made all the right fashion statements as they caught everyone’s attention. Akshata Murthy, the First Lady of the United Kingdom and daughter of Indian billionaire Narayana Murthy, donned an ensemble that paid homage to her Indian and western sensibilities. She fully embraced her Indian roots in a long billowy floor-length skirt from UK-based sustainable label With Nothing Underneath that had multi-hued floral patterns and paired that with a white buttoned down shirt. A special mention also goes to her statement heels that made this one of our favourite looks from the summit.
What many people don't know is that Murthy has always had a passion for fashion as she left her finance job in late 2009 to pursue her own eponymous clothing line full-time after studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA. Over the years, she, through her brand, has collaborated with artists from remote villages across India to design pieces using traditional Ikats, Chanderi, and Mysore silk which she would then pair with tweed and wool.
On the other hand, her husband, and the UK PM, wore a well-fitted formal three piece suit that was a white shirt, black blazer, pants, salmon tie and formal shoes. He couldn’t have looked any more sharp with his clean-shaven face and hairdo
This was followed by her wearing a bright pink and coral co-ord set by the home-grown label Shop Drawn during her visit to the British Council. On Saturday, she wore a lilac marble-print dress designed by Manimekhala Fuller at the millet exhibition at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and was then seen in a printed silk maxi dress by Saloni Lodha. On Sunday, she and Sunak made a visit to the Akshardham Temple where she opted for the traditional look in a block-printed mustard kurta from Fabindia. Her final look was her looking elegant as ever in a pastel pink sari by Raw Mango as she waved goodbye from the stairway before her flight back.
Canada Prime Minister—Justin Trudeau
Does Justin Trudeau even age? We asked ourselves this question yet again as we saw him get off the plane looking dapper as ever in a grey suit. And it does seem that good looks run in the Trudeau family, as his son Xavier piqued everyone’s interest as he walked alongside his father in a beige-brown suit worn over a black t-shirt.
Italian Prime Minister—Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni radiated boss lady energy as she looked charismatic and commanding in a dark navy blue suit.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon
While Albanese looked sharp in a crisp black suit worn over a white tie while Haydon wore a simple full-length printed dress with a play of psychedelic tones.
Oman PM & Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
Emirati men wear a long, single robe called a dishdasha, kandura or thwab. And that’s what’s the Sultan was wearing in yellow and brown. Atop his head was a headdress called mussar.
Indian Prime Minister—Narendra Modi
The host of an event always has to look the best dressed and PM Modi did not disappoint. Having to meet a whole lot of dignitaries sure involves a lot of outfit changes and he was seen donning a kurta churidar that was paired with a pastel and a black Nehru Jacket.