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  • Rene Macdonald’s Joy List

    Lisou is the colourful, upbeat label that brings joy to every stylish woman who wears it. Designer Rene Macdonald shares the pieces in her wardrobe that she can’t wait to wear, and the touchstones in her home that bring inspiration, wisdom and happiness. 

    By Rene MacDonald


    Red Heart Print Fitted T-Shirt£35

    “I love our super-soft white T-shirts. I always feel that either a good fitted or loose style is a summer essential, and ours are great quality for the price point. It is something I wear every summer with boyfriend jeans or a maxi skirt, like our Sabine Guinea Print silk twill skirt.”


    Capri Dolce Vita By Cesare Cunaccia Hardcover Book£70

    “One of my wonderful girlfriends sent me this amazing book about Capri. It sits on my coffee table and it’s amazing how often I find myself flicking through it. I love Assouline, they publish the most beautiful books.”


    Jade Metallic Red Bubble Jacquard Jumpsuit£545

    “I am so glad that lockdown has been eased and we can socialise again. I have been looking forward to wearing our Jade jumpsuit – I always feel that a party’s about to happen when I’ve got it on.”


    Boy Chanel Handbag£4,300

    “I was given a Chanel handbag that I’d coveted for ages for my birthday a number of years ago. My love for it is evident by the fact that I still keep it in its original box. That bag is looked after like a baby! It’s a classic and will be forever timeless. I’m beginning to realise that I do rather well on my birthdays!”

    Royal Academy Of Arts

    Softback Matisse In The Studio Exhibition Catalogue£18

    “It has been strange not travelling or going to art galleries during the pandemic.  Some years ago, I went to a Matisse exhibition with my mother-in-law, and she bought me this book. It sits in my studio and continues to inspire me. I suppose, at the moment, it’s the closest I can get to an art-gallery experience.


    Giselle Green Metallic Plisse Kaftan Maxi Dress£545

    “When Christmas was cancelled, the worst part (on a superficial level) was that I had my Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve looks all planned months in advance. I ploughed ahead and wore them both anyway, but this year I hope I can wear our Giselle metallic green plissé dress. It is pure Studio 54 and the perfect dress to make a grand entrance in.”

    Bottega Veneta

    BV Board Leather Sandals£1,130

    “I’m also in love with Bottega Veneta’s shoes.”

    S&B x Lisou

    Heart Linen Tablecloth£875

    “The green hue of the ceramic vases on the right are perfect for outdoor dining, especially when matched with this tablecloth. I would buy all Summerill & Bishop’s Astier de Villatte pieces if I could!”

    Summerill & Bishop

    Ceramic Crackled Vase In Green£24.95

    “I recently bought the most beautiful mini vases from Summerill & Bishop. I have been using them on my garden table whenever we eat outside.”

    Yaa Gyasi


    “I am about halfway through this book, which I’m really enjoying. It’s a story about two sisters with different destinies and takes you from West Africa to the American South.”

    Paula's Choice

    C15 Super Booster £39.10

    “I’ve only just discovered this beauty brand, but I’m already obsessed with all things Paula’s Choice. I especially like the C15 Super Booster.”

    Celine Eyewear

    Flat-Top Acetate Sunglasses£340

    “I love oversized sunglasses, and this latest pair from Celine ticks all my boxes.”


    Maude Metallic Fauna Jacquard Longline Coat£595

    “This season, we made trans-seasonal coats for the first time. My favourite is the Maude in metallic orange fauna print. I have literally worn it every day since the beginning of spring. It’s glamorous, chic and works so well with our long floaty dresses that are due to launch soon. Plus, if you want to be inundated with compliments, this is the coat for you. Every time I wear it, someone asks me where they can get one.”

    Patricia Blanchet

    Red Python Nubuck Open-Toed Pumps£170

    “I love Patricia Blanchet’s shoes. I discovered her during Paris Fashion Week some years ago, and what I like is her vintage aesthetic. I’m usually a flat or super-high-heel girl, so her shoes were a bit of a departure for me. They are so comfortable because of the shape of the heels and, of course, they are glittery!”

    “I’ve just finished reading this. It’s about the effects of social media on the current generation. A fascinating, beautifully written book and a must for anyone with children. What I really enjoyed is that it’s not a negative read about the perils of social media and gaming, but an analysis of the effects and challenges we all face in this age.”



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