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. 

Weekly Vibes: Life-changers This Week!

This one’s a killer way to tell you what I buy, why I buy, what makes them work, what makes me waste some good monies on things that don’t need their due and ones that makes me go waaaw (that’s the South-Indian wow!). Hello, am a serial buyer of hipster-and-otherwise things and I plead guilty to Instagram-ing them repeatedly to get your attention. Every week I will tell you what makes something work for me, or not. This week’s stuff is here!

BEAUTY

#1: Clinique Pep Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

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ok now, I got bullied into buying it at Sephora. I bought my all-time favourite Clinique Moisture Surge and this was just added by the salesgirl saying, try it. Not free, mind you, I bought it. Fine, I bought it because of that stark pink packaging, okay? OK! But still. From the house that gave me my best moisturiser and my favourite toner, this HAS to work. But no, I wouldn’t say it didn’t work but I saw no visible results. No crazy glow, no OMG clarity in skin. It just did it’s job of washing. *insert saddest smiley. I am on the fence on this. No breakouts, no bad vibes. Just okay-ish. With all the “epic” and “awesome” and “mind-effing-blowing tags everywhere, this seems bland. Thank god it was 750 bucks – travel size, if I spent a bomb, I would have straight lost my shit.

Verdict: Nopes, not for me! I might try the eye cream though, from what I hear, that’s the shizz!

DESSERT

#2: Lindt Excellence Caramel & Seasalt Chocolate Bar

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The ONLY chocolate you need. It’s a staple in our home. The fridge is never without it and I think it’s a tad too expensive but worth every penny. Not available officially but duty-free has some great offers. I bought it at Le Marche for Rs 399 bucks.

Verdict: On a scale of bliss to hell, I’ll go for #supereffingawesomeness.

DRINK

#3: Soju

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Living near Korean-restaurant-infested Gurgaon malls means only one thing – Korean Supermarkets filled with nori sheets and what not. The husband and me are completely trying out newer cuisines and ingredients. Today, we got Soju – the trademark drink. Case in point – HiteJinro’s many varieties of soju, especially Chamisul, which is Korea’s best-selling brand. It tasted like Gin to me and went well with the home-made biryani.

Verdict: Require more to finally make decision. It’s strong, I’ll say that.

FASHION

#4: Label Life Block Heels

These suede block heels have been on my list for a while. Label Life has come a long way as a brand. It had okay-ish collections when it started out but honestly, it’s now my number one place to buy stuff. That’s because it has clean, minimalistic fare and of course, work wear that’s kickass. Yep, it’s a bit on the expensive side but it’s the fabric that makes it click. Fresh, plush and totally great. These block heels look great on dresses but currently, they are not as comfy as I thought they would be.

Verdict: I will still buy. Colour = check. Material = check. Heel = I am determined to check. Maybe a few more wears.

FOOD

#5: Burger Singh Burgers

If there’s one thing I did the moment I landed my ass in Gurgaon, it was to search for some great food places. And as I was talking by Golf Course Road, this name I saw sounded super funny. BURGER SINGH. And it also said they are open until 3 am. So we decided to check out the menu. Some really great options: The Amritsari Murgh was brilliant, the Malabar Chicken was super nice. I love it when they Indianise western food, because why not? The surprise one was the Punjabi Samosa burger, at Rs 100 it was yummers as hell. In Mumbai, we were crazy about this burger place called Serial Griller. It’s home-made and even sometimes delivered by the owner. The Burger Singh burgers are my Delhi-equivalent. The bun is so soft, you wanna make your bed in it and sleep!

Verdict: We already ordered 3 times from there and looks like it will stay on.

MUSIC

#6: Aarya on Apple Music

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This boy I tell you. This is one reason I love the fact that my husband introduces new music to me. This boy has the most velvety voice ever and some really cool songs. He reminds me of Jason Mraz. Maybe a bit of Jack Johnson. Also a masala of Ed Sheeren. But I really liked his music: Download here.  Particularly the songs, Mum & Dad (reminded me of mine so much!) and Wasted For Love.

Verdict: Yep, totes awesome and addictive!