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    Racil Chalhoub, left, with a model.

    Chalhoub wears Racil jacket, shirt, and trousers; stylist’s own scarf. Model wears Racil jacket and trousers.

    Photography by Maurizio Bavutti

    Styled by Tracey Nicholson

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    A look from the Racil spring collection.

    Model wears Racil jacket and trousers; Tiffany & Co. earrings.

    Photography by Maurizio Bavutti

    Styled by Tracey Nicholson

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    A look from the Racil spring collection.

    Model wears Racil jacket and trousers.

    Photography by Maurizio Bavutti

    Styled by Tracey Nicholson

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Smoking Thrills

Racil Chalhoub is giving the classic tux a colorful new spin.

A half-century after Yves Saint Laurent sent it down the runway, Le Smoking, the French—and far more seductive-sounding—term for a women’s tuxedo, is still as chic an eveningwear option as ever. Racil Chalhoub, however, wanted one she could also sport during the day. “Everything I found was too stiff-looking,” says the Paris-raised, London-based designer, who previously co-owned a boutique-cum-bakery in ­Beirut, Lebanon, called Kitsch. Combining Savile Row fabrics and a youthful sensibility, she launched her namesake line last year, with an array of elegantly tailored styles that Chalhoub herself pairs with a T-shirt and flats for work and high heels come evening. Her spring collection, which has already found favor with It girls like Sabine Getty and Natasha Goldenberg, moves beyond the classic black and white palette to include slinky slip dresses and 1970s-style pantsuits in petal pink, lemon, and light blue. “I’m always thinking about how to reinvent the tuxedo.”

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