Style Editor, Sam Norton, has one eye on the costumes for the return of Killing Eve and its predominant assassin, 'Villanelle', played by BAFTA-winning Jodie Comer...
Series 2 is back on our screens and with mixed reviews. Without Phoebe Waller-Bridge (PWB) penning the script, some viewers have been left feeling this series is somewhat lacking the magic of the first. However, what we can all agree on is how brilliant Jodie Comer still is! That BAFTA for leading actress was well deserved. I personally loved series 2, having spent last Sunday binge watching the whole lot. PWB is still present as an executive producer along with series one EP Sally Woodward Gentle.
Villanelle’s outfits in season 2 (SPOLIER ALERT) are as fabulous as ever, even with a change in costume designer (Charlotte Mitchell takes over from season one’s Phoebe de Gaye). The first series saw Villanelle in a mix of designer clobber - from a Dies Van Norton brocade suit worn in the Berlin club scene, to a Chloe pussy-bow blouse and Paige Denim shorts for the Tuscany leg of her killing spree, along with a blue lace Burberry dress worn with Doc Martins. One of the show’s most iconic looks was the pink frothy Molly Godward number cementing Villanelle as our favourite style icon. Again this over the top dress was paired with stompy black boots giving it a very wearable edge.
Season two starts with an injured Villanelle. Usually, her clothes are indicative of her confidence and power, but for these first episodes her vulnerability is reflected in her mismatched frumpy wardrobe, with the exception of her hospital PJ’s “borrowed” from a 13-year-old patient in the ward she finds herself in. Once she regains her strength and gets back on her feet, we see her wardrobe change back to the flamboyant and extravagant pieces we’ve been used to.
There’s another pink ensemble, which Mitchell describes as an “homage to series one’s Godward moment.” This outfit is worn in Amsterdam while Villanelle is in a bubble of love, hence all the pink. A Rosie Assoulin blouse is worn open-necked and probably a size too big, paired with a big pink ballgown skirt from William Vintageall and topped off with huge vintage 1980’s Christian Lacroix earrings.
There are lot more muted tones in Villanelle's wardrobe this season, the pink number and PJs probably being the brightest. I have to also mention the high necked Alexander McQueen floor length gown (very grim reaper!) and one of my other favourites - the Jason Wu deep green satin coat, worn over a slip dress.
I know I certainly haven’t got the funds to buy exact replicas of these outfits, and most of these pieces are either one offs, vintage, or sold out (currently the RA blouse, a similar pink skirt, and Jason Wu satin coat are still for sale, incidentally the latter is 60% off-just saying, you know, if tempted...). However, you can still copy Villanelles style with pieces that aren’t identical. Have a search through vintage shops, second hand designer and charity stores, as well as high street brands - sometimes all you need is a bit of inspiration to encourage you to try something slightly off piste.
Killing Eve Season 2 is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer.