LISOU’S STARLIGHT EXPRESS COLLECTIONInspired by the 70s Soul Train era, Lisou’s new collection is a mix of vintage silhouettes and nostalgia.

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Drawing on designer Rene Macdonald’s Tanzanian upbringing and love of vintage – she spends weekends trawling secondhand stores – Lisou blends vibrant African textiles with West London polish. The result is ultra-wearable staples that have captured the attention of Charlize Theron and Olivia Munn.

Specialising in silk and hand-drawn prints, Lisou is characterised by its use of luxe fabrications and bold brand DNA. Never one to shy away from unexpected colour combinations and fearless styling, Macdonald puts her playful aesthetic at the heart of the label. “I try to use prints, colours and textures to uplift the wearer and bring a bit of sunshine to the world,” she says.

THE COLLECTION

Riffing on Macdonald’s love of music – “Whether I’m designing a print or a silhouette, I always have music playing,” she says – the AW19 collection calls on the Soul Train, an American TV show from the 70s – which also happens to be her favourite era for fashion. “I have wonderful memories of my mother looking glamorous in stunning chiffon evening gowns and printed, flared suits,” Macdonald said of the disco decade.

Recalling those pieces, the collection is rife with billowing silk trousers – perfect for dancing the night away – and star-print pieces. “As with all my collections, I take inspiration from the environment around me, a mix of vintage silhouettes and personal memories.”

QUICK-FIRE QUESTIONS

What artist are you listening to right now?
I’m loving Ally Sianga on SoundCloud and Diamond Platnumz.

What's your best styling tip for festive dressing?
Sparkle all the way! I’ll be wearing our velvet high-rise Hetty trousers and one of our sparkly chiffon tops. More than anything, be comfortable and confident.

Who is your ultimate 70s style icon, and why?
I love Donna Summer's style. It’s all about the glamour, and I love her sense of diva. In fact, I've just designed a dress inspired by her.