Rita Ora Goes Cowgirl For Philipp Plein Performances At Milan Fashion Week

Rita Ora performs at Philipp Plein’s Fall 2014 runway show.
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Attention, up-and-coming female musicians: There’s a new standard for “making it,” and it ain’t playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. (Although, that’s probably not a bad indication, either.) Just like Angel Haze before her and Iggy Azalea predating that (AND the incomparable Grace Jones ahead of them all), Rita Ora made a surprise appearance at Philipp Plein’s runway show yesterday, providing the live soundtrack for his “American Dream”-themed Fall 2014 collection.

Ora emerged on the stage from a custom-made, black matte El Camino, wearing a black, ruffled, high-low skirt (#RitasLeftLeg), a sweater with a gold braided band, and a gold studded ten-gallon hat and matching studded cowboy boots. And while her entire outfit was no doubt provided by the designer himself, Ora got SERIOUSLY hooked up with those boots—which, at the time of her show-opening performance, hadn’t even gone down the runway yet. (But when they did, NAOMI CAMPBELL was rocking them in silver.)

Rita Ora performs at Philipp Plein’s after-party.
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As if that weren’t already INCREDIBLY MAJOR, Ora also surprised the crowd at Plein’s after-party with yet another performance atop the same El Camino. This time, she showed us the true meaning of the American Dream: washboard abs. Ora kicked things off in a bolo tie and distressed double denim (very Miley: Unplugged, no?), but quickly discarded her shirt, putting the focus on her giant, shiny belt buckle and her black lacy bra (which served as her “top” for the duration of the evening). A British singer in a Canadian tuxedo made by a German designer at Milan Fashion Week—if that’s not American, I don’t know what is.

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