The definitive ranking of Villanelle’s looks from Killing Eve 

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.

ke_208_gg_1203_2351_rtThis 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

1-lo-still-from-killing-eve-series-one-c-2018-sid-gentle-films-ltd-and-bbc-america-courtesy-ijprThat Molly Goddard frothy tulle dress from season one – with nice high-top boots. That reminds me of Paris, period. 

Bold earrings in Amsterdam 

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve, season two.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 

screen-shot-2019-06-06-at-111715-amThe 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 

blue-lace-Burberry-dress-Killing-EveBurberry number from a stranger’s wardrobe with such a delicate look. 

Green satin suit 

ke2-3-4-pt-06092018-8146-1557936369 (1)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!

Ikat Kimono

d9ad8a40195ecad04339974976fd46e8This 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. 

Burberry trench 

originalI 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. 

Velvet jackets

KE_203_PT_0831_7348_RT53037c25ee5bdf4bd17d8a67285d615eThis 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. 

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Label To Love: The Cooling Glass Company Is Just The Thing To Carry To Burning Man!

I’ve known Pavitra online. Strictly online. Because there are very few blogs I follow relentlessly and her blog Masala Chai was a delight. Too bad it isn’t functional now and I missed her banter and discoveries. We met by chance online and kept at it – we’d often Skype, just talk and give each other virtual hi-fives.

Then she got married, moved to the US and I was pretty sure she’ll make it big there. Some people have the drive, you see it in their soul. And one fine day, something cute popped up on my timeline. A neat pair of sunnies, totally approved by MIA. Certified for Burning Man.

The name struck me as the most creative: The Cooling Glass Company. These glasses are hand-made and hand-crafted – and so unique.

So since it’s a venture I truly love, I decided it’s time to give it all the attention I got this week. Presenting to you….The Cooling Glass Company on Etsy. Over to Pavitra. 

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A bit about you:

I am a person who needs to be engaged creatively at all times. I have a background in art management and curated a blog called MASALA CHAI for 7 years. I loved it but it was time to move and thats when ‘The Cooling Glass Company’ happened. It was all organic and not planned at all. 

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A bit about the brand:

I went to a music festival this year and decided to “bling” out a couple of sunglasses, and it was so well-received and I loved the process so much. So I decided to just make a few pairs for fun. What I learnt was that it helped me relax and put me in a meditative state of mind, while also engaging my creative side. And it was so much fun, coming up with quirky ideas.

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What made you think of these fun glasses as a business?

All of it was very organic. Just made a pair one  day and the idea stuck. So, I made it my business. 

A super cute name, how did you come up with that, rockstar?

Well, nostalgia is a big part of my creative process and I wanted to play into that. When we were kids growing up in Madras, we would call those cheap plastic shades you got at Marina beach ‘cooling glass’. So when my husband reminded me of that, I immediately thought of naming my venture ‘ The Cooling Glass Company’. It’s playful.

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What is so different about these glasses?

They are embellished by hand and each piece is unique .I think everybody should feel like a queen (or king). I want these sunglasses to make you feel soooo fly – like a queen.Also 15% of all proceeds will go to Shankar Netralaya Trust, they carry out eye surgeries for those who cannot afford it. http://www.supportsankaranethralaya.org/heartfelt_stories.html

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Your inspiration…

The free spirited people around me. This venture is completely inspired by festival culture. A mish-mash of unabashed self expression.  Ultimately it comes down to being authentic to yourself and when you are, you can be loving and empathetic to other people. Having fun with dressing up can be a catalyst for one of those things. It makes you feel good about yourself.

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Tell me a bit about why this matters to you, this label?

Well , donating a part of it to a cause I believe in, is the most motivating thing.  The second motivation is that I love to express my creativity and being able to have someone wear something I created would be amazing. I think people will have fun with it for sure. It will be a part of some good memories.

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And finally, what’s the future for the cooling glass company?

I do not know yet, It’s not something I have put pressure on myself  about, I’m not trying to grow it and crunching numbers and so on. I am happy to have it be in this scale and if it gets bigger and better, I would love that.

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Here’s a peek into the coolest thing from The Cooling Glass Company. And buy them here. Priced between 16 USD – 23 USD, these are a riot!

And don’t forget: 15% of all proceeds will go to Shankar Netralaya Trust, they carry out eye surgeries for those who cannot afford it. http://www.supportsankaranethralaya.org/heartfelt_stories.html