Rita Ora at Elle Magazine’s Women In Music celebration.
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Aside from the one-two punch of her being arguably one of THE most adorable girls on the planet and having a seriously killer set of pipes, we here at MTV Style are head-over-heels for Rita Ora because along with all of that, she, too, shares our deep appreciation for FASHUN and the unique ways it intersects with music. One of these such junctions is Elle magazine’s annual Women In Music issue and is a cross section at which Rita sits at the epicenter. Miss Ora fronts the May 2013 issue alongside fellow lady artists Adele and Alicia Keys, but of the three cover girls, Rita is the only one to have also performed at the mag’s celebratory Women In Music event in New York City, April 10th. Martha Wainwright and Kelly Rowland also took the stage that night, but Rita stood out amongst this set, too, having been the only act to switch up her look explicitly for her performance. In a great fashion Easter egg moment, we were lucky enough to carve out a little chat time with Rita and Jason Rembert, her long-time stylist and the man behind her Elle Women In Music red carpet and stage looks.
Swaddled in a leggy lady-version of a Victorian schoolboy uniform (100% Saint Laurent), Rita shared her style philosophy both for the night specifically and for performances in general. She identified her Chloe performance outfit hot off the Fall/Winter 2013 runway—a markedly more high fashion stage ensemble than her head-to-toe latex get-ups of last summer. Between this and her custom Lagerfeld performance gown for the Bal De La Rose Du Rocher event in Monaco last month (which, BTW, Rita told us she still has and totally bought a mannequin for!), one might think Rita is undergoing a major style shift. The truth is, though, she’s just adding a new facet to her eclectic fashion arsenal. She’ll always be more comfortable in a pair of sneakers, but she’s not afraid to switch it up with a pair of gold snakeskin Gucci sandals (especially if a more intimate, acoustic performance affords her the chance to sit for most of it!). And though she’s really feeling a gigantic, affectingly wide brim chapeau, that doesn’t mean she can’t turn it around and rock the daylights out of a printed snapback. Hear it all for yourself in the video with Rita Ora and Jason Rembert below!
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