In one horrifically delightful scene, Villanelle, dressed in a Burberry dress, stabs her victim in the eye using a hair pin filled with a lethal serum after he asks her: “So, are you the gift?”
Villanelle also uses fashion as a literal weapon. Her flamboyant and expensive taste is not always about wearing the latest designer brand; it’s also a practical tool to use against others. In another memorable scene, she remonstrates a suited male victim for wearing a brand-imitation tie, nonchalantly using it to strangle him to death by trapping it in an elevator door.
In Berlin, Villanelle seizes an opportunity to steal Eve’s suitcase. Villanelle takes the suitcase back to her hotel room where she joyfully unpacks it, partly amused, partly derisive at the clothes she finds inside. A few days after Eve has returned to London, her suitcase is abruptly delivered to her house. As she begins to unpack, she realises all her belongings have been replaced with new designer items. Mysteriously, the new clothes are all Eve’s size. Here, Villanelle is using fashion to infiltrate the mind of her victim.
Villanelle has also packed a new perfume called ‘La Villanelle’ with a note saying, ‘Sorry Baby x’. It’s a taunting apology for having brutally stabbed Eve’s colleague to death in a club.