Killing Eve season two: Villanelle's fashion evolution
Villanelle’s pink dress in Killing Eve was television’s greatest fashion moment of last year. In season two, the stylish assassin returns with a wardrobe to die for
Viewers went crazy over the unlikely assassin’s heart-stopping outfits, from her first appearance in Vienna wearing a Burberry trench to her unforgettable psych evaluation, where she wore a pink Molly Goddard tulle dress paired with Balenciaga biker boots.
The new trailer of season two suggests that Villanelle is up to her old antics, performed in a dizzying array of costume changes (we’ve counted eight in the trailer alone). As well as an obsessive psychopath, we know that Villanelle is a chameleon – who gets her sick kicks by immersing herself into different roles to carry out her theatrical execution methods. Fashion has never been so deadly.
But after being wounded by Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) in the final episode of last season, Villanelle is on the ropes for both her life and her style, as she becomes separated from the haute-couture wonderland of the wardrobe in her Paris apartment. It seems that she will have to don a few questionable items before re-establishing herself as the lethal style icon that she is. One thing's for sure: Villanelle’s creepy brand of revenge will be played out through this fashion odyssey. Here’s everything we know about Villanelle’s wardrobe in season two so far.
Dying and derelict
One of Villanelle's first outfits of season two, episode one is an unbecoming smog-grey jacket that she uses to cover her bleeding abdomen – a wound made doubly bitter by the fact that it was inflicted by the object of her obsessive affections, the titular Eve. Clearly, de Gaye is setting the bar low on purpose. There’s nothing that Villanelle hates more than wearing ugly clothes. These drab garments are sure to inflame her passion for revenge.
Last season, fashion-forward fans gushed over Villanelle’s Erdem floral pyjamas, which she wore while cooking breakfast in her apartment. However, the season two trailer shows Villanelle's sleepwear choices to be altogether more suspect, as she wears (clearly too small) childish pyjamas splattered with a garish comic-book-strip print. This ‘Pow!’ look is not the power dressing we’re used to from Villanelle, but it definitely makes an impact.
A wolf in sheep's clothing
After stumbling through a series of mortifying outfits, Villanelle rises from the ashes like a horrifying phoenix. As Eve asserts in the trailer, Villanelle has a ‘flamboyant’ personality, a trait that she translates into her style. In season one, Villanelle had to trade in her furry jacket for unflattering prison wear, but in season two, she seems to get a new strawberry-coloured replacement with bubblegum coloured tresses to match.
Colours of changing seasons
Villanelle's style clearly undergoes a fair few rocky moments in season two, but we have to admit, some of these we’re actually really feeling. For instance, this bohemian art-teacher vibe, which Villanelle pulls off with auburn locks, glasses and an autumnal palette. Just keep the chisels away from her...
The return of the pink
It’s clear that Villanelle loves to use pink to add a playful edge to her wardrobe. The colour resurfaces again in Amsterdam, where she sits canalside with Instagram-worthy oversized gold earrings, a baby-pink shirt and a puffy, salmon skirt. Her fabulous look attracts the curiosity of a blogger, who asks if she can take her picture, to which Villanelle, in all her caustic glory, responds ‘get a real life’.
Villanelle’s tailoring has a reputation for being razor sharp, with the fashion world sitting up to take notice of her impeccably fitted pantsuit by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten. But in season two, she becomes less runway and more runaway maniac, with her tailored suits offering a sinister Charlie Chaplin vibe in an outfit that also shows off her penchant for wigs.
The sartorial expression of Villanelle’s demented personality reaches its climax in this horror-story of an outfit, which seems to be a combination of a German milkmaid and Miss Piggy. Granted, these are two perfectly harmless entities, but when they’re inhabited by a knife-wielding maniac with a track record of cutting off precious extremities, you’ll have cause to run in the opposite direction.