Rita Ora Talks Hundred Dollar Nails, Ten Pound Jackets, And Why Daphne Guinness Is A Legend

Rita Ora wears skullcap by The Hundreds; jacket by Moschino, vintage; silk crop top by Pavonine; shorts by Joy Rich; custom shoes by Bess NYC; necklaces and watch are Rita’s own; bangle by Laruicci; double ring by Materia Prima.
Photo: Marley Kate

In the 10-plus years that I’ve been working with musicians, nothing beats that crackle of atmospheric electricity when an artist is about to blow up. You can feel it. Rita Ora is poised for something major. She’s already a sure thing in the U.K. where she’s had two #1 hits in “R.I.P.” and “Hot Right Now,” a track she’s featured on with DJ Fresh, but what with being our Push Artist of the Week and Jay-Z spouting glowing things about her energy and talent it looks like this vivacious Londoner (by way of Kosovo) will be unstoppable here, too.

You can imagine how psyched we were when she accepted our invitation to play dress up for a fashion editorial and video because she’s totally normal to hang out with and gives great face. Plus, maybe has the BEST hair. Never mind that she commemorated her visit stateside with $100 bill nails courtesy of Rebecca Black in London.

Rita Ora wears silk top and white Jacquard pants by Zara; snakeskin shoes by Christian Louboutin; white leather gloves by Obesity and Speed.
Photo: Marley Kate

Her fashion sense is nothing to sneeze at either. “My style and my music have a lot to do with each other,” she says. “They’re both very free… and they’re very eclectic.” A thrifted, 10-pound (as in the British monetary unit) filthy white Levi’s jacket will be casually flung over a Givenchy tee and straight-legged suit pants. It’s this interplay between low and high that makes this chick who used to work at a sneaker store so incredibly approachable. Her sportswear-meet-streetwear-meets-runway aesthetic in her video for “How We Do (Party)” is exactly what she adores about getting dressed up in real life. “I kinda just wear what I want.” says Rita. And her willingness to experiment is also apparent in her collaborative process. “I style a lot of the looks myself but everyone’s ideas in my camp counts.”

She’ll wear Cartier Love bracelets with a cut-up The Hundreds tee and dyed jorts so it’s unsurprising that she cites Gwen Stefani remixed tanks-and-combat-trouser look as style inspiration. On the flip side, she’s also understandably obsessed with Daphne Guinness (a woman who we would gladly take as our own fashion spirit animal) for her extensive fashion archive and her fearlessness. “She’s extraordinary,” says Rita. “She’s got pieces that no one has and she’ll wear it to the shop or the Met Ball and you’ll be like, really Daphne? Really?”

Rita Ora wears silk top by Zara; leather studded vest by Robins jeans; hot pants by Patricia Field; scarf by Chanel, vintage; chunky amethyst ring by Laruicci; raw Amethyst ring by Materia Prima; shoes by Bess NYC; sunglasses by SilverLiningOpticians.
Photo: Marley Kate

RIGHT? It’s like this chick LIVES IN OUR HEADS. Anyway, we really hope that you enjoy the photos and our video interview because we had a riot putting it together. And see what makes this rising star so much fun to hang out with on-set and the philosophy behind her personal style.

Rita Ora wears top, skirt and shoes by Jeremy Scott; vintage necklace is Rita’s own; chunky amethyst ring by Laruicci; raw amethyst ring by Materia Prima; sunglasses by A-Morir.
Photo: Marley Kate

Photographer: Marley Kate
Stylist: Rose Garcia
Fashion asst: Greta Pell



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