Season 2 of Killing Eve has upped the ante on everything. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle (Jodie Comer) are as lethal and obsessive as ever, and the costumes are just as magnetic and high-functioning as its detective–assassin duo. Costume designer Charlotte Mitchell, who took over from season 1 costume designer Phoebe de Gaye, knew that the characters were being pushed even further into their mutual prowling and wanted to evolve each character’s look to match.
Villanelle‘s style received particular attention—and why not? (Remember that heavenly Molly Goddard dress from the first season?) “I loved her love of luxury and I thought, ‘Okay we can push this further,’” Mitchell says. “People understand it. They don’t mind it being quite bold. Villanelle is attention-seeking.” So far, we’ve seen Villanelle in a slew of the high-fashion looks she craves, as well as some less chic, oddball ensembles that are key to her survival. For each moment, Mitchell considers the character’s intentions and personality. “I always ask, ‘Why would Villanelle wear that?,” Mitchell notes. “There’s a reason for everything.