Relishing in the culture and decadence of weekend parties in the English countryside and in the Highlands of Scotland, Racil’s founder and creative director, Racil Chalhoub infuses AW 17 with a sense of heritage, casting noble Scottish tartans, dapper houndstooth wool and plush velvets into an opulent collection that stands for daring and panache.
“Spending a week end in the English country side is very different from anywhere else in the world. Only here are you expected to be very chic for a Saturday black tie dinner, even if it is held in a barn,” says London based Chalhoub. “I love the sense of tradition, decorum and sartorial wit that represents.”
Tux Decadence is modeled by actress Clara Paget, the daughter of the 8th Marquess of Anglesey and a quintessential English beauty, styled by Caroline Issa and lensed by Billal Taright. The multi cultural team cast a new eye on aristocratic codes, bringing to life the fun and the games.
Racil’s famed Tuxedo takes on a new silhouette. The line is strong-shouldered in both double and single breasted styles and is teamed with torso sculpting waistcoats, flamboyant bow necked Lady blouses and sharp cut trousers or ‘trews’ as they are known in Scotland. Memorable mentions include the Yorkshire, Oxford and Cambridge jackets with satin lapels and the Cheshire jumpsuit. The Tuxedos are available in houndstooth, vivid black and white tartans and in a palette of plain wools including a rich aubergine and forest green. The seasonal ‘Party Tuxedo’ is cut with an exaggerated yet flattering hourglass silhouette and decorated with teardrop crystal buttons. These are interchangeable tailored pieces that feel and look good inside and out with immaculate shoulder lines, silk linings, taped seams. They are made for dining and dancing in true style.
The collection also embraces bias cut velvet slip dresses designed to be worn around and outside the house, the gorgeous languid velvet Derby lounge suit, and the Windsor duster coat. Racil also embraces a soft romantic spirit in the shape of the flowing long velvet backless Somerset gown and the dashing Inverness cape. These are pieces to make both entrances and exits. Tux Decadence is set off with Racil’s new collection of dazzling chandelier drop earrings that come in four designs. “They are as playful and versatile as the spirit of our collection,” says Chalhoub.Download Lookbook