Killing Eve: Villanelle's best looks from the season 3 trailer

Killing Eve is finally returning to our television screens after season two of the hit spy drama came to end an end last summer.

After initially being confirmed to return on 26 April, the BBC announced that the series is being brought forward by two weeks. 

The new date for the premiere of the third season in the UK is now 13 April, which will no doubt bring joy to fans who are stuck at home under lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Last week, the BBC released the hotly anticipated trailer for the new season, which sees Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) celebrate her return to the screen with more than a dozen costume changes. 

The show stole the hearts of fashion fans from the second they saw her twirling in that now infamous Molly Goddard pink trapeze dress back in season one.

Since then, the costume department has outdone itself and it seems that season three is promising to deliver on the fashion front and steer our shopping habits once more.

In the minute-long trailer, Villanelle’s sartorial choices range from sophisticated tailoring to a clown costume and an Elton John-inspired ensemble the Rocket Man himself would envy. 

Here are the best fashion moments from Killing Eve’s season three trailer.

The class clown

Villanelle performs as a clown at a children’s birthday party (BBC)

Villanelle uses fashion to change her personality and hide in plain sight, which is a necessity for her job.

The trailer opens with the Russian murderess performing as a clown at a children’s birthday party which, naturally, leaves her audience terrified.

Of course, this no ordinary fancy dress clown ensemble. While Villanelle ensures her outfit includes the essential tropes – complete with a red nose and clumpy shoes – the look gets a high fashion twist with an oversized tulle ruffled collar, a charming checked fascinator and a bright red wig insouciantly styled in two loose buns. 

Getting down to business

The asassin says she is “so much happier” now that Eve Polastri is dead (BBC)

The second look worn by Villanelle exudes sophistication as she declares she is “so much happier” now that Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh) is dead while wearing a black tailored blazer layered over a sheer blouse.

The polished ensemble is completed with the assassin’s hair sleeked back in a simple up-do and, of course, a glass of expensive fizz in hand. 

Villanelle is no stranger to tailoring, in season two she sported a black trouser suit teamed with a button-up white shirt, black tie and short wig to visit a man who claimed his tie was made by Hermès. Villanelle’s verdict? It was fake but that did not stop her from murdering him with it. 

In full bloom

Villanelle explores a mansion while wearing an elegant floral midi dress (BBC)

Villanelle has a flair for the theatrical and this season her wardrobe reflects her love for gratuitously expensive, bold and mismatched pieces, which show she has become even more playful and dramatic since we last saw her.

As she makes her way around a vast mansion, declaring that she is “moving up in the world”, the assassin wears a bright blue midi-length gown covered in pink peonies and finished with puffed sleeves and a tiered hem. It doesn’t get more chic than that. 

Mums the word

The villain masters off-duty chich in an ensemble inspired by the 1990s (BBC)

Villanelle has thoroughly embraced laid back garb throughout every season of Killing Eve, from her chocolate brown silk robe to that pair of cartoon-themed pyjamas she fled from hospital in.

Her latest off-duty look comes inspired by the 1990s with a pair of denim dungarees, an oversized pink stripy T-shirt and her hair tied in an oversized bow that screams Kirstie Alley in Look Who’s Talking.

The Rocket Woman

The new season includes an homage to Elton John (BBC)

The season three trailer also includes a brief shot of an homage to Elton John, which we cannot wait to see play out on screen.

Sat against a backdrop of posters dedicated to the Rocket Man himself, Villanelle dons yet another bizarrely brilliant disguise as she trades in her long locks for a cropped blonde wig, a blue turtle neck sweater and beige overcoat. The perfect finishing touch?A massive pair of heart-shaped sunglasses.

Killing Eve launches 13 April on BBC iPlayer and airs Sunday 19 April on BBC One.  

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