Rene Macdonald, Founder & Creative Director of Lisou Style Insider

For this Style Insider, Jean Queen Donna Ida Thornton chats with Rene Macdonald, Founder & Creative Director of Lisou London.

Lisou is a London-based fashion brand specialising in beautiful silk pieces with a twist. Rene grew up in Tanzania and moved to the UK at a young age but always travelled back and forth to Africa which is a place that continues to influence and inspire her.
We previously interviewed Rene in 2020 here.
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DONNA IDA: What are your wardrobe essentials and how do you wear your jeans?

My wardrobe essentials would be jeans, suiting (my own of course) and I love my Donna Ida Dolly Flight Suit in Blackest, so much so I bought two!

Only Donna would get me into black. So I’d say jumpsuits are my other essential.

I have a coat addiction, I can never resist.

I tend to wear my jeans with a Lisou brightly coloured silk shirt or a vintage find and heeled boots. In the summer, it’s flats and a tee. I’m also a fan of double denim.
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DONNA IDA: Which are your favourite jeans from our shoot and why?

The Kate the Flares in Briar Rose pink cords I wore are gorgeous. Super comfortable and as always I get my ‘Donna bum’, peachy and curvy in all the right places.

DONNA IDA: Why do you think jeans are such an iconic item?

They’re just so easy especially when you can’t think what to wear. They’re also super versatile and work with both heels, flats and trainers. You can dress them up or get a casual look.

DONNA IDA: Who is your denim icon?

Obviously Donna…who else could it be but the Denim Queen!

DONNA IDA: Who are your favourite influencers to follow on Instagram for inspiration?

I love Kelly Eastwood (otherwise known as The London Chatter, who we've previously interviewed here) for her ethos and promotion of ethical, sustainable brands.

Rabea Schiff is extraordinary with an enviable sense of style. Every time I see her I want something that she’s wearing. She’s our office crush!

Follow Lisou on Instagram here. Shop Rene's Blouse here.

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