Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, once observed, "Pink is the navy blue of India". Perhaps that is one reason why our jury chose 33-year-old Manish Arora as the best designer for 2005-06—anyone who follows fashion knows that Manish has a passion for pink. Close rivals for his fave colour slot are acid yellow, lime green, peacock blue and orange. When it comes to designing an outfit, he thinks colour before anything else.
A typical Fish Fry (his prét label) creation has a palette that marries Van Gogh with Andy Warhol. On his racks sartorial experiments like embroidered rexine coexist with traditional booti or mokaish work, and paisleys share the seams with funky motifs that can be anything from smiling fish to calendar images of Hindu gods.