Rita Ora's Red Carpet Style
Sometimes it's hard to keep up with Rita Ora. The 24-year-old star handles the Hollywood balancing act like a pro, consistently churning out great music, all while designing a sportswear collection for Adidas and landing buzzy supporting roles in films like Fifty Shades of Grey and Southpaw (out Friday). And since she burst on to the pop scene in 2012 with the single "How We Do (Party)", she has also become one to watch on the red carpet, bringing her cheeky joie de vivre to everything from a leather Tommy Hilfiger poncho to a sexy sequined Emilio Pucci gown.
"Rita is a wild card when it comes to fashion and that's what makes it fun," says her stylist of four years, Jason Rembert. "She gravitates to pieces that fit her personality, which is quirky and young." Whatever look the two settle on, it's Ora's flair for the dramatic that brings it to life. "She embodies anything I put on her from Old Hollywood glamour to sporty-chic," he says. "She is actually a really big tomboy at heart!"
Ora is also never one to back down from bright colors (hence the perma-red lips) and Rembert says that yellow is her current fave. "It works for her because it's different and unexpected," he says. "When Rita wore the canary yellow Zac Posen gown to the 2014 American Music Awards, she hoped that no one else would show up in the color. I told her that she would be the only person brave enough to wear it on the carpet! And for me, that's why she is a dream client."
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In Vera Wang, 2016
Ora chose this feathery frock from Vera Wang for the 2016 Met Gala.
In Vera Wang, 2016
Ora stunned at the VH1 “Dear Mama” Mother’s Day Special event in a sexy, skin-baring creation by Vera Wang, featuring a black stretch canvas plastron (with an open back) and a high-slit black wool maxi kilt.
In Marc Jacobs, 2016
Ora's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards look included fur, leather, lace and platform shoes!
In Zac Posen, 2015
The singer wore a strapless red Zac Posen gown to the 2015 Wenstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes After Party.
In Tom Ford, 2015
Ora wore a white suit with a plunging neckline to the Tom Ford Womenswear Collection Presentation in 2015.
In Veni Vici Couture, 2015
Ora wore a red strapless Veni Vici Couture gown to the Coca-Cola Contour Centenary Bar photocall in 2015.
In Atelier Versace, 2015
Ora wore a white Atelier Versace dress with a leg pant on one side out in France during the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
In Zuhair Murad, 2015
The singer wore a plunging Zuhair Murad gown to the 2015 BRIT Awards.
In Tom Ford, 2015
Ora wore a red Tom Ford gown to the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ 2015 Met Gala.
At the Oscars, Ora arrived in this sweeping Marchesa gown and then changed into a Vera Wang Collection number to perform. "I'll remember this night for the rest of my life," she said. "The dresses made it absolutely perfect."
"Have you noticed Rita likes a little sparkle?" jokes her stylist. Since a sequined Prada gown (topped with Swarovski crystals) wasn't quite enough shine for the Grammys, Ora added 14-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond earcuffs.
Donna Karan Atelier, 2015
"Nobody believes it, but Rita actually ate a cheeseburger right before she wore this on the red carpet," says Rembert of her shape-shifting Donna Karan Atelier gown with peekaboo side panels.
Tommy Hilfiger, 2015
"Rita's not afraid to take a fashion risk," says Tommy Hilfiger, whose son, rapper Ricky Hil, has dated Ora. "She brought a glamorous touch to my collection's athletic motif."
Zac Posen, 2014
"We wanted to go bold," explains designer Zac Posen, who worked with the star and her stylist, Jason Rembert, until the eve of the American Music Awards show to fine-tune the architectural details of this sunny silk gown. "Not everyone can pull off a vibrant yellow, but she brought it to life."
Roberto Cavalli, 2014
Named after '40s siren Rita Hayworth, Ora is fittingly adept at channeling that era's glamour. "I like things that have classic beauty but with a twist," she said, here in sultry Roberto Cavalli.
The 4½-inch Stuart Weitzman stilettos Ora wore to a Rimmel event were custom-dyed to complement her ornately embroidered, crystal-embellished Marni look. "I want my style to sting," she said.
Emilio Pucci, 2014
Originally, this splendiferous gown from Emilio Pucci's pre-fall collection was buttoned up to the collar, but, says Rembert, "a little bit of cleavage and leg gave it that extra oomph."
Karl Lagerfeld, the master behind this many-hued Chanel dress, is more than just a favorite designer of Ora's. As their mutual Instas attest, the two are buds.
Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, 2013
Lips and tips in bright primary shades add a youthful pop to this austere black-and-white Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane look. "When Rita tried it on, it was a wow moment," recalls Rembert.