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Killing Eve season 2: five easy ways to dress like Villanelle, TV’s chicest assassin

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Killing Eve’s fashion-forward baby-faced villain has a killer wardrobe to match her murderous vocation. Stylist decodes what she will wear in season 2 of the BBC show. 

The anticipation for season 2 of BBC’s Killing Eve is reaching a climax across the UK, but thankfully the wait is almost over. BBC One confirmed it will run the new series from 8 June  and frankly, we can not wait. 

Not only because, now Game of Thrones is finished, we need some nail-biting TV drama to return to our screens. But also to see what on earth Villanelle will wear. 

For, has there ever been an assassin as chic as Jodie Comer’s character in Killing Eve? We think not. 

In the first season, she won us over immediately from the opening scenes, where she donned a slinky black sleeveless top with a cream cowl neckline and striped silk trousers in a cafe in Vienna. She styled herself in with ‘chic city office’ class, but finished the scene tipping ice cream over a six year old on her way out.
Chic with a devilish streak? We love. 

But her wardrobe just got better and better. Chunky black biker boots, that pink meringue Molly Goddard dress, printed power suits by Dries Van Noten, minty Chloé blouses, floral bomber jackets by Phillip Lim… We could go on. Here at Stylist, the thrill we got from her outfits was equal to the buzz she got from her murderous activities. 

Just what will the new series bring? We decoded Villanelle’s new season wardrobe here. 

Cecilie Bahnsen

Cecilie Bahnsen Mabel dress: this season’s version of the pink tulle Molly Goddard confection. 

How to top the candy coloured tulle confection by Molly Goddard, worn in season 1? Copenhagen-based designer Cecilie Bahnsen has the answer. This dress is the perfect blend of Villanelle: the frills and bows look like butter wouldn’t melt, but the black silk fabric brings out a darker side. 

This dress is dainty yet dangerous. It’s basically Villanelle personified. And, that Cecilie Bahnsen is a new designer to know makes this dress all the more fitting. Villanelle has impeccable fashion taste — there’s no doubt Cecilie would be on her radar. 

Cecilie Bahnsen Mabel dress, £718

Prada

Prada velcro sandals: this season’s Doc Martens.

Villanelle loves a slice of chunky footwear; she spent almost the entirety of last season in lace-up Doc Martens or studded black biker boots. What’s this summer’s take on that trend? Prada’s velcro strap leather sandals, naturally, complete with a thick wedge sole and wide straps covered in studs. 

These sandals will perfectly show off her killer manicure (likely her toenails are painted red), and will be the perfect accessory to balance out the girlishness of some of her frilly pieces, like blouses and skirts. 

Prada leather sandals, £555

Blaze Milano

Blaze Milano blazer: a sophisticated choice for a chic assassin. 

Villanelle is chic. And she spends a lot of time in Paris. So of course, she needs a tailored blazer. This checked style by Blaze Milano is just the ticket — it’s a brand she likely picked up while Vespa-ing through the Italian countryside. 

We all know of her fondness for the finer things: remember the Italian linens she admired (and then took) from the villa in episode one? Blaze Milano’s jackets are handmade by artisanal menswear tailors, there’s no way she’d be able to resist. 

Blaze Milano Timeless blazer, £1,398

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Rixo 

Rixo tiger skirt: camouflage or statement maker?

Bold yet camouflaged, this skirt is the epitome of Villanelle’s assassin style. With razor-sharp pleats and a midi length that makes it an ideal length for hopping on the back of a motorbike in a quick getaway, this silk skirt is undoubtedly a summer staple for our favourite killer. 

She’d likely wear it with the Prada sandals and a leather jacket. Cool, calm and cunning, how very cat-like. 

Rixo Tiger Skirt, £235

Batsheva

Batsheva dress: a frilly daytime dress for our favourite killer. 

Villanelle’s season 2 wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a dress from cult US brand Batsheva. Each piece is made from vintage fabrics, and the style – statement making yet sweet, with just the right amount of frills and flowers — is a daytime version of her big flouncy dresses. 

We imagine her strolling through a garden party in the Tuscan countryside in this, with a dagger strapped to her thigh, naturally. 

Batsheva Kate dress, £325

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