Stylish Television – Killing Eve

It has to be said that a psychotic assassin, no matter how pretty or unusual, is a strange choice for a fashion icon. But Villanelke, as played so brilliantly by Jodie Comer in the BBC series ‘Killing Eve‘ is just that. I can’t be the only one watching in horror as she murders person after person and yet thinking ‘where did she get that dress?’

Villanelle’s wardrobe is a total wow. Effortlessly thrown together, this is not the all black wardrobe of Nikita, the last assassin come style icon, but is instead a cool and edgy mixture of top labels and fashion insider favourites, including Burberry (that blue dress she found in the wardrobe of one of her victim’s wives), Mollie Goddard, Dries Van Noten, Chloe and Miu Miu.

Villanelle may well be a no nonsense killer, but she’s one with a feminine side that is represented through her fashion choices, she also as a real sense of humour, the Mollie Goddard pink group from dress is more akin to something worn by the little girl she threw ice cream over in the first episode, than someone who can wipe out a whole hospital suite in a bloodbath that very same episode.

Jodie Comer is playing the role of Villanelle so well, making her the perfect foil for Sandra Oh’s Eve. That contrast is also echoed through the wardrobe choices of both women, with Eve always looking slightly dishevelled looking in a wardrobe of typical corporate pieces, whilst Eve is a fashion plate with the best wardrobe since Carrie Bradshaw.

Killing Eve is a sumptuous treat for the eyes and the senses, another brilliant programme with strong roles for female actors. If you haven’t seen it you can download the complete series for a binge right now.

Spruce Up That Formal Suit

A suit is possibly the smartest item of attire that a man can wear, but it can also be a boring burden with not much scope for personality  originality or style. Many professions still require a formal suit as the uniform of choice in order to set the right example and promote the right image, so it is worth getting a good quality version, particularly if it is going to see a lot of wear, but how can you put your own stamp on a suit?

Invest in a silk tie.

The natural accessory to a suit is a carefully chosen tie, but this is an accessory that can make or break your look. It is really a no-no to pair an expensive suit with a cheap supermarket tie.

Instead you should look to a silk version. Attavanti have recently launched a stunning collection of Italian silk ties made in the town of Como. These ties are both beautiful and stylish  and also tasteful in their colours and patterns.

A carefully chosen tie will enhance the look of your suit and help you to create the right impression. You can use it to pick out the colour of your suit, or to add contrast or a touch of colour.


The Right Shirt

Another item that can either raise the game of your suit, or ruin the look completely is the shirt you choose to accompany it.

It is better to have a few good quality shirts in your wardrobe than lots of cheaper ones. In terms of colour, classic white is always chic and elegant, whilst pale blue and grey also work well. Make sure your shirt is well ironed, nothing spoils the look more than creases.

Pocket Hankies

Now these sound like something that David Niven would’ve worn back in the day, but pocket hankies are super stylish and are certainly having a resurgence, thanks to the likes of David Gandy and Daniel Craig.

A pocket handkerchief is a great way to finish a look. It helps the appearance to look polished and groomed. Of course, the one thing you shouldn’t do is actually wipe your nose on it, this is purely for show.

Saturday Night Fever Struts Its Stuff At The Alexandra

When it comes to iconic movies, Saturday Night Fever is right there amongst the best. With a career making performance by John Travolta, a timeless, classic soundtrack from The Bee Fees, and the white suit to end all white suits, Saturday Night Fever taught us to take life one strut at a time. Now the stage version is making a welcome return to Birmingham at The Alexandra and once again it has the crowds on their feet.

Richard Winsor is Tony Manero, a resident in 1970s New York who lives for the weekend and his nights as the dancing king. He has his pick of the girls, is the leader of his gang and life is generally ok. But the opportunity to enter a dancing competition, and meeting a new girl, Stephanie Mangano, who has aspirations far beyond his own small town fame, change life forever for Tony, with not everyone around him surviving the events.

The story of Saturday Night Fever is slight, it is the music, and above all the dance that sets it apart. The iconic dance routines from the club are brilliantly recreated, and in Richard Winsor the musical has an incredible focal point, masculine, sexy and a truly brilliant dancer. A ballistic solo towards the end is a high point, but the famous ‘more than a woman’ scene is just wonderful too. Kate Parr is elegant foil as Stephanie, crisp and brittle to begin with, but blossoming as the action moves on.

From the supporting cast, both Raphael Price, as the tragic Bobbie C, and Anna Campkin as the eternally spurned Annette, impress. The Bee Gees, Edward Handoll, Alastair Hill and Matt Faul are note perfect, and of course the songs are wonderful, my particular faves being ‘Nights on Broadway and ‘You should be dancing.’ The costumes too are wonderfully evocative of the disco era, an exciting time to be young, especially if you looked and danced as well as Tony Manero.

Great Entertainment.

Saturday Night Fever.

The Alexandra

Until 29th September.

Click here for ticket details.