“Killing Eve” is my newest television obsession—I binge-watched season one in less than 24 hours (it’s that good!). BBC America’s hit show follows an intriguing cat-and-mouse game between a British intelligence agent, Eve (Sandra Oh), and a ruthless female assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer). When I first tuned into the show, I truly did not expect to become enchanted with the show’s evil entity, Villanelle, and more importantly, her exquisite wardrobe. If you’ve never seen the show, it is a fashion lover’s unexpected paradise. Despite Villanelle’s brutal, murderous rampages and psychopathic tendencies, I find myself completely drawn to her chic, luxurious aesthetic. With a knack for pulling off effortless, “I woke up like this” style, Villanelle’s versatile wardrobe is what dreams are made of. Are you as obsessed with this villain’s style as I am?

The Villanelle-inspired pieces I’m pairing with my Christian Louboutin black heels

Villanelle always looks put together, even when she’s plotting to kill people in the most unsettling ways. She has mastered the style juxtaposition of bold and delicate, pairing feminine, dainty pieces with bold and masculine items. Her penchant for luxury designers is obvious, and she exudes elegance even when wearing casual cut-off shorts or pajamas.

She often wears pantsuits, blouses, and blazers, flaunting her power and confidence through her wardrobe choices. Villanelle has made me fall in love with high-waist pants, and I have added a few pairs to my wardrobe as a direct result of watching the show (check out italist’s amazing selection to get Villanelle’s look). I love the combo of high-waist pants with Christian Louboutin black heels, and have been styling them together ever since adding the pants to my arsenal. 

I am constantly perusing italist’s impressive selection of Christian Louboutins. You can also add a printed bomber jacket to your high-waist pants and heels to capture Villanelle’s style and power. I have bought two bombers since I became a fan of the show, and have a few more sitting in my italist cart at the moment. They truly elevate any outfit.

Killing Eve’s Villanelle in floral bomber jacket Jody Comer rocks a floral bomber as Villanelle in Killing Eve. Find yours at italist.

Villanelle is changing formal wear norms

Of course I have to mention the now-iconic pink tulle dress designed by Chika Kisada and worn by Villanelle in season one; it was such a radiant and unexpected outfit that it set a new style standard, with similar looks appearing on the red carpet throughout the most recent awards season. If you loved her pink dress as much as I did, you can check out our huge selection of pink tulle dresses to recreate the look. I loved pink tulle before, but Villanelle has normalized it for everyday occasions, and I for one am here for it. Pair your pink tulle with chunky black boots (Villanelle’s preferred shoe with her dresses), or with Christian Louboutin black heels to elevate your look. If pink tulle isn’t your thing, I still recommend picking up a pair of black boots from italist’s selection, as Villanelle is rarely spotted without hers.  

Killing Eve’s Villanelle in Kisada pink tulle dress
Jody Comer in a Chika Kisada pink tulle dress as Villanelle in Killing Eve. Get the look at italist.

I never expected a villain to have such an impact on my style. I have experimented and worn items that I probably wouldn’t have tried if not for Villanelle’s incredible panache, and I’m loving the inspiration every week. Are you tuning into to the mad styles of “Killing Eve” yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

Photos of Villanelle courtesy of BBC America

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By: Lucy Watson Prendergast

With a background in Communications and Fashion Merchandising from Radford University, blogger and fashion lover Lucy Watson Prendergast contributes weekly to PurseBlog, updating readers on the hottest trends in accessories. Her December, 2018 piece on her obsession with the elusive Prada Fairy Bag garnered recognition from Prada’s public relations team, leading to Lucy being gifted a Fairy Bag straight from the fashion house’s archives. When she’s not writing, she can be found shopping for things she doesn’t need (but really wants anyway).

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