Life is never the same after you see an international assassin called Villanelle wearing a pink tulle dress in Killing Eve. Which means only one thing, fashion is never related to the job you do. I meet a lot of people who tell me “I can’t wear this in my job,” which, let’s be honest is 100% true half the time with office rules, raised eyebrows and not-so-casual Fridays on your heels. But, you can tweak it a bit to suit your liking – maybe wear those neon socks under your white sneakers for a sombre status meet, use that red lip at your Thursday ad sales presentation or pull that quirky sweater to an investor meeting. But guess who doesn’t need to be subtle? My new favourite fashion inspiration, Villanelle. I watched two seasons in 3 days – that was the power of this particular, crazy, all-consuming TV series where two polar opposites face each other – the slightly mad, totally slimy Villanelle and over-righteous and annoyingly truthful Eve.
This series is a goldmine of fashion choices and Charlotte Mitchell knows just how to take a step back when needed and when to power up the power suit at the right places – that’s genius. And well, Judie Comer is not just a clotheshorse, she’s the woman of the world – doing her job of killing people, wearing couture and living in “chic as shit” apartments in Paris. If you haven’t watched it yet, go watch it because it will make you want to rush to buy that tulle dress and it’s sad copies on the internet asap. Because your soul will want a Gucci belt as much as that Rosie Assoulin blouse – ahem, if you have that kinda money. I don’t so I will use this weekend to rank my favourite Villanelle looks for your viewing pleasure!
Pink tulle dress
That Molly Goddard frothy tulle dress from season one – with nice high-top boots. That reminds me of Paris, period.
Bold earrings in Amsterdam
My favourite look of all time, only coz those bold big vintage gold earrings rule. Rosie Assoulin blouse and a crinkle taffeta skirt with ’80s Christian Lacroix earrings – so un-Amsterdam-like.
Black sheer dress
The Alexander McQueen black dress with net sleeves and sheer bodice – OMG, it comes at such a poignant moment in the story. Worth it.
Blue swishy dress
Burberry number from a stranger’s wardrobe with such a delicate look.
Green satin suit
Satin suits are totally warming up to my soul. And green is the best hue to try – not too bright, not too subtle – just perfect!
This is on my list of outfits I will create out of saris and dupattas soon. I swear. This blue ikat kimono is so do-able. Also, the signature outfits that Villanelle sports are mostly kimonos.
I love the fact that they didn’t choose the usual khaki affair – this lilac-hued trench is all you need to get through the winding lanes of Paris.
This whimsical velvet Chloé jacket with that unconventional purple shirt alongside Isabel Marant trousers is what #girlboss dreams are made of. Even that Dries Van Noten brocade power suit in Berlin was a great idea.
Do you have a fave look of Villanelle? I’m waiting for Season 3 now.