Villanelle is one of the undisputed style icons of the 21st century, somehow pulling off everything from children’s pyjamas to clown outfits with aplomb.
They styling of costume designers Phoebe de Gaye, Sam Perry, and Charlotte Mitchell along with Jodie Comer’s unflappably cool acting are a winning combination, and it’s no surprise that Vogue dubbed Killing Eve ‘the most fashionable show on TV’.
To recreate the sartorial assassin’s looks you’d normally need to part with a lot of cash, with designers like Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, and Burberry staples for Villanelle.
But there’s a pretty great dupe on the UK high street that you can get your hands on right now, reimagining one of Villanelle’s most iconic looks.
One of the outfits that cemented the character’s position as a fashion afficionado was a Molly Goddard tulle pink dress, with pictures of Jodie Comer standing in Paris’s Place Vendôme in season one episode eight sweeping the internet.
The original dress was ordered directly from the designer herself, and Molly Goddard does have a similar version – in all it’s pouffy, frothy glory – available – if you can afford the £408 sale price.
For the rest of us, though, this H&M number will have to suffice, and for £19.99, we can play dress up without being on a hired killer’s salary.
H&M’s puff-sleeved cotton dress (as the name would suggest) is made of cotton rather than tulle but uses the stiffness of the fabric to create the volume of the original.
The dropped hem midi is a pleasing candy pink and long enough so you can wear it for picnics and work without flashing your knickers.
Unlike some mesh Killing Eve copycats you also don’t need to worry about suitable undergarments for the see-through fabric.
If you want to make your silhouette more feminine you could always accessorise with a waist belt, but Villanelle would wear it as is – just with some clompy boots and an unfussy top knot to pull it all together.
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