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.