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Editor’s Letter: An Ode to Pink, from Jaipur with Love

Manuel Arnaut

Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut. Photo: Ziga Mihelcic

Pink, not shockingly.

Last March, I visited Jaipur for the first time during Holi, and completely fell in love with the city. I instantly had the idea to put together an issue of Vogue Arabia fully dedicated to pink. From the walls of the iconic City Palace, to which we had special access for this issue through the kind support of Sawai Padmanabh Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur, to Valentino’s Winter 2022 fuchsia collection that took social media by storm, the color seems to be literally everywhere.

Sawai Padmanabh Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur. Vogue Arabia July/August 2022. Photo: Nishanth Radhakrishnan

I could not think of a better arena than the ‘Pink City’ itself to stage this blooming extravaganza. Let’s not forget that decades before
Kim Kardashian caused a stir in a shocking pink Balenciaga catsuit, Diana Vreeland so astutely stated that “pink is the navy blue of India.” More than a chromatic exercise, this issue also serves to highlight the strong link between the Gulf countries and India over centuries, initially motivated by trading roots, the two regions have been influencing each other in a creative tango that touches the fields of economy, food, art, architecture, entertainment, and fashion. I hope that as you turn these pages, you feel the same excitement we did putting them together in Jaipur. Pink made us happy, made us dream, and above all, it made us fall in love with fashion again and again.

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