British-Based designer, Racil, talks to KZ about her Fall-Winter Collection and what she considers a perfect suit.
What is the inspiration for your FW18 collection? I like to tell a story with each season - here 3 different tales together make up for the AW18 collection. The first part sees the introduction of the suit (as opposed to Tuxedos) which I wanted to show in a strong rainbow of colors, the second part adds some feminine beauty to the winter months with Prince of Wales checks mixed with florals and some sequins for the never-ending party! Then the last part is more vintage looking, inspired by the strong beauty and elegance of the actresses of the Golden Age and their glamour.
What makes a perfect suit? Fit and fabric above all, but also great attention to details. A suit should be sharp but comfortable, empowering yet feminine, versatile while remaining elegant at all times.
From the pieces, we bought into how would you recommend styling together? The pieces KZ bought actually work nicely together- I would wear the pink suit with the black sequin top for evening or with a white t-shirt for a daytime look. I would wear the dress with a denim jacket and biker boots in the day and wear with the pink jacket at night… the printed velvet look, I love as it is or also with a vintage tee underneath.
Who are your style icons? Bianca Jagger, Iris Apfel and my mother Racil - after whom the brand is named.
Fit and fabric above all, but also great attention to details. A suit should be sharp but comfortable, empowering yet feminine, versatile while remaining elegant at all times.
How do you accessorize on a daily basis? On a special evening out? I love accessorizing - in the day I wear many small rings and necklaces, which I switch for big earrings for a night time look- my favorites are from Rebecca de Ravenel. A mark cross bag is perfect for daytime, which I would switch to a hunting season clutch for the evening! As for shoes, I like flats in the day so I would match with Golden Goose and switch for Gucci heels at night for a little disco touch.
What can we expect from you next? It's a surprise!