Monday, March 1, 2010

Pretty In Pink - India

"I adore that pink! It's the navy blue of India," declared Diana Vreeland, former editor of Vogue and source of many aphorisms. By this she meant that, just as navy blue in our culture tends to signify conservative respectability, pink exemplifies tradition and balance in India.

"The existence of universal stylistic and psychological color reactions is therefore placed in doubt: what we would consider a wild, flamboyant, and feminine color is, in India—at least according to DV—considered refined and conventional." -
David Byrne of Cabinet Magazine

When Diana Vreeland declared this quote she was no doubt fashionably hanging out in Jaipur in Rajasthan, India where I recently had the pleasure of visiting.

This is just a quick peak into shopping in Jaipur as I could go on for ages here. But I will give you the bit of info that was given to me by my stylish friend Lisa.

The store, Hot Pink India was where I was able to source some higher end product (after completely exhausting the local markets of course). It is also where I stumbled on a book by Fiona Caulfield's Love Travel Series on all the best places to go in this jewel of a city... from the local markets to a decadent lifestyle fit for a Rajasthan king. This became my bible- a handbook for the "luxury vagabond". The rest of the discovery and adventure I will leave up to you but here's a glimpse into both the boutique and what's available in the markets.

Happy Traveling!

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