Published: 4th November 2021
Rene McDonald is a luxury fashion designer, Creative Director and Founder of Lisou, “The London-based fashion brand that brings happy vibes”.
Born to diplomat parents, Rene grew up between the UK and Tanzania. A former stylist, avid vintage collector and self-confessed bold dresser, Rene has a unique way of combining unexpected colours and creating vibrant prints which makes each of her pieces special and stand out, leading them to be described as timeless classics, made from the finest silks with the occasional twist.
Fun Fact: Before becoming a stylist-turned-fashion-entrereneur, Rene worked as an academic at SOAS University in London. She really is a women of many talents!
Lisou was founded in 2017 and is now stocked by several major retailers including Harvey Nichols and Wolf & Badger. The up-and-coming British brand has also quickly made a name for itself as an under-the-radar label adored by celebrities who include Dame Helen Mirren, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Duff.
I am currently working on my next womenswear collection AW22.
Anywhere that involved a black cab or a double decker bus.
One of my favourites was the ice cream parlour at Harrods where the ice cream was often bigger than me!
Editor’s Note: Click here to discover more London Ice Cream parlours.
It can only be Kensington Gardens. It has the famous Princess Diana playground and lots of space to run around. In the summer, the pedalos are great fun.
Southbank on a Saturday is always good fun. There’s lots to do and see as well as lots of stalls selling a variety of foods.
Harrods Toy Department was one of our rainy day outings. I’d promise my children a small purchase each and of course choosing took at least a few hours!
I always describe London a as walking city so I always walk as much as possible. That said a bus or taxi is still always a treat to me!