Words by Nicole Thomsen
May 29th, 2019
Ahead of tonight’s season finale, we’re taking a look back at Killing Eve’s magnetic hit-woman Villanelle’s best fashion moments from season two. A word to the wise: if you’re not yet up to date on the latest episodes, watch them before you read this!
With a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and a string of awards tied to its name, Killing Eve can be considered one of the best television series to come out in recent years. The spy thriller starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary, Doctor Foster) is unlike any other, with a unique female-led storyline that grips you from the start with alluring characters, whip-smart dialogue, and fashion that is to die for.
The story, penned by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is beguiling and slick, but the outfits worn by central character Villanelle are equally as seductive and mesmerising to look at. With a killer sense of style (pun intended) that captivated us from episode one, she vetoes the nondescript attire you would expect of an assassin and instead opts for nothing less than the most luxurious designer clothing.
Villanelle likes to show off and her outfits in this second season certainly stand out as one of the best aspects of Killing Eve — even more so than those in season one. Her flair for killing is rivalled only by her flair for fashion, and she never wears the same thing twice.
While an assassin may seem like an unlikely style icon, fashion plays an important role for Villanelle. “Clothes reflect her status and independence,” according to Luke Jennings, author of the novellas that inspired the series. Her wardrobe changes from city to city, a visual representation of her mood, and character, at that moment in time.
When she is weak, vulnerable and penniless at the beginning of season two, her attire is childlike and comical as she flees the hospital in a pair of teenage boy’s superhero pyjamas. Once she is back on her feet with money at her disposal, the first thing she does is order a new wardrobe, opting for a velvet Chloé blazer, silver Isabel Marant trousers and a purple silk shirt. It’s decadent and eclectic, just like Villanelle.
Taking the phrase ‘dressed to kill’ to the next level, Villanelle does, literally and figuratively, dress to kill. Whether she’s dressed as Billie, the pink-haired American socialite she pretends to be in order to get close to tech genius, Aaron Peel, or as a Swiss barmaid in a pink dirndl and pig mask, she has a killer look for every situation. When she receives a surprising kill order in episode five, Villanelle arrives at her love/obsession’s door dressed in a long, sheer black Alexander McQueen couture gown with an equally dramatic veil to match — she is about to be in mourning, after all. It’s a look that could rival the now iconic pink tulle Molly Goddard dress from season one and is certainly one of the best, if not the best look of season two (so far).
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With only one more episode left of season two, we’re already thinking ahead to what Villanelle might wear in season three which, thankfully, has been confirmed by the BBC. But in the meantime, shop her look in the edit below.
Catch the season finale of Killing Eve on Wednesday, 29th May, on RTÉ 2 at 9:30 pm.
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