Coastal Drifting

And so we took to the road for our latest editorial, heading east out of London to the exotic-sounding Mersea Island - a hard-to-reach island situated on the gusty Essex coastline. The tide was out and the sun was flickering behind the clouds, shining just enough for Ilona to traipse the shore in a wardrobe of suits, cosy two pieces and the odd vintage swimsuit thrown in for good measure. We called on minimalist masters Charlie May for a few key basics and Bulgarian brand By Far provided the most effortless of slip-on mules.

The rugged setting proved to be a perfect backdrop for the menswear-inspired wardrobe, all captured by Emma Sweeney. Hair was kept simple and texturised thanks to a good gust of sea breeze and a handy MiTi hair tie to sweep it back. Britain’s beaches aren’t just about flip flops and fish and chips you know, we suggest you head to one and find out.

Suit, stylist's own
Suit, stylist’s own
Jumper + skirt, Charlie May
Jumper + skirt, Charlie May
Left to right: Dress, Charlie May; Shoes, By Far; Slip, vintage; Choker, stylist's own
Left to right: Dress, Charlie May; Shoes, By Far; Slip, vintage; Choker, stylist’s own
Jacket, Charlie May; Swimsuit, vintage
Jacket, Charlie May; Swimsuit, vintage
Suit, vintage; Knitted top, Charlie May
Suit, vintage; Knitted top, Charlie May

Photography: Emma Sweeney
Styling: Lucy Vincent
Hair: Olivia Crighton
Makeup: Layla Mehmedagi
Model: Ilona Ecott @ Premier

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