Rita Ora in McQ by Alexander McQueen

Posted on November 05, 2012

After a day of pretty, princess-y looks or questionable-to-kickass looks, it’s nice to take a little break from all that taste and/or lack of it to pay attention to someone who defiantly gives the finger to the idea of taste in general.


Rita Ora attends the MOBO Awards 2012 in Liverpool, UK in a McQ by Alexander McQueen dress.

McQ by Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Zuzanna Bijoch

The word “subtle” simply isn’t in the gal’s vocab. But you know what? We actually really like this look. It’s fun. Sort of a couture update on a “girls just want to have fun” kind of look. Our only real problem is the limp tulle hanging off the bodice. We’re not sure the fanned-out version on the runway could have worked in real life, but our solution to that problem would have been to just remove it altogether. The outfit’s a lot of fun, but the bodice looks like it’s draped in funeral bunting.

Love the hooker shoes.


[Photo Credit: style.com]

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  • When I first glanced at the thumbnail, I thought it was Gwen Stefani. 
    She looks cute but the hair is a bit much. 

    • kimmeister

      I thought it was someone dressed up as Gwen for Halloween!

    • her idol is Gwen Stefani so you’re not too far off.

    •  Weirdly I think the hair works with the volume of the dress! Different strokes…

  • Kooky and fun. If you’re her (and I have no idea who she is, just going by her looks and expressions), why not? 

    • DeborahJozayt

      She’s a British Rhianna. Don’t like her music, but she’s adorable and has a great style.

  • That limp tulle is seriously unfortunate. Otherwise this could have been quite a fun look. ETA: Is it supposed to be shorter in the back? I’m not a fan of that.

    • Monabel

      A reverse mullet?

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      I think she’s pushing down on the front and has some booty, the combination generally has that effect on stiffer skirts. 

      • MoHub

        Reference Christian Siriano’s prom dress in PR season 4.

  • Love Rita! Her bodysuit on the X-Factor was legendary! 🙂

  • It gives her Donald Duck Butt.  Other than that it’s a cute dress.

    • phylora

      Donald Duck butt! Ha!

  • Carnival doll

  • The model is terrifying at best but I so do prefer the juxtaposition of the model’s severity with this dress. On Rita, it is just way too much – the hair, the tanned skin, even the bolder colors of the dress (I realize this is probably due to lighting in both images but it still has an effect).

  • Call me crazy, but I actually love her hair.  It doesn’t look fried or yellow and it doesn’t wash her out.  If I could go platinum like that, (and had a hairdresser on retainer) I’d do it in a heartbeat. 

    I have no idea how the bunting could have been arranged to work better, but the runway version reminded me of the fanned dinosaur in Jurassic Park and now I can’t stop giggling.

  • Anything with a tutu = win.

  • bertkeeter


  • She looks like a drag queen. I approve. 

    • I have no idea who this person is, and I THOUGHT she was a drag queen at first.

      • buildmeatower

         As did I.

      • I was waiting for someone to respond with, “That’s because she IS a drag queen.” There’s still time…

  • beebee10

    That funeral bunting dripping around the bodice totally ruins the look for me. 

  • SewingSiren


  • wholeheartedly agree with this assessment. 

  • pookiesmom

    I kind of love this.

  • the last picture made me think of a pin-up!

  • Zippypie

    I know this may not be popular, but it just seems that once again because a garment has the word “McQueen” attached to it, it is given props.  This is a ridiculous ballet costume with a mess of embroidery.

  • No. She’s like a poor man’s Rihanna in the style department. Do Not Want.

  • I’m normally not like this, but I feel like taken on it’s own I agree completely with the TLo assesment, but once you realize its McQueen it sems kind of…disrespectful? Or at least like she isn’t making the most out of what she was given – much like a failed contestant during an unconventional materials challenge. 

  • crash1212

    Looks like the dry cleaner ran out of starch. I think rather than removing the bunting, or letting it go sadly limp – compromise – cut it down by several inches starch it up and strut your stuff! See? All fixed.

  • I especially like the crazy-pants expression in the 4th photo.

  • My new spirit animal.

  • Candigirl1968

    The tulle needs to either be up like on the model or pinned inside the dress (since I’m assuming this is a loaner) so that you just get a hint of it.  It looks wilted.  Otherwise, a cute look for her. 

  • l_c_ann

    Liverpool has met its match.  So long as the match doesn’t bend over too far, in which case we can call this dress a
    “Meet and Greet”

  • frederieke

    I wouldn’t have a problem with the hair if her eyebrows weren’t black. I HATE extreme eyebrow contrasts.

  • MilaXX

    It’s a look. Besides removing the limp tool, I’d prefer a different shoe, but actually coordinating isn’t exactly the point here.

  • plinkiedoodle

    I guess I’d like it if I were attracted to breast plates…which I’m not.

  • nannypoo

    She looks like sort of an ass, but better than the mushroom-headed model. I hope she finds that this look will carry her through a long and successful career as whatever she is.

  • quiltrx

    Who is this ho?  Never heard of her.

    And is her bottom THAT big, or does the dress itself hike up about a foot in the back?

    If this were a longer dress (even a Dior-ish tea length), with the flowers more spread out, I think this could be a wearable dress.  Like this, it’s really just a conversation piece.  A conversation that involves a lot of snorting.

  • NCDFan

    Hee hee hee, she’ lookin cute, silly but cute.  The back is definitely by design. She’s 22 and has 3 number one singles in the UK let her have fun.

  • “love the hooker shoes” might be the single best TLo complementary phrase ever. 

  • I would have kept the fanned tulle. How fun would it be to have a pseudo tulle screen, almost like those old lace/netting masks people wore.

    Reminds me, we need to bring netting masks back in style, because reasons.

  • I think it’s a really great dress for someone of Ms. Ora’s personality. I agree about the floppy tulle at the chest. Either go for it or take it off.  

  • agree 100% with your assesment. gorgeous dress, but the limp tulle on the bodice isnt working.

  • ojosazules

    It really is too bad about the funeral bunting bodice. Otherwise, pretty wonderful.

  • The thing that’s keeping it from working (even on a carnival costume level) for me is the downhill hemline.  What the hay-ell is going on in the back?  Certainly she hasn’t got that much junk in the trunk.  That’s the sort of thing that would get a baby designer auf’ed on PR.  

  • unbornfawn

    Before I read TLo’s comments, my thought was, Yank off that top tulle mess and you’ve got a really cute dress. Sometimes the problem with an outfit is obvious to everybody but the person wearing it!

  • decormaven

    The stylist shouldn’t have messed with the original design. That limp draping takes all the life out of the dress and alters the overall front to back proportion. Bad stylist! However, this gal is clearly enjoying herself, so props for not letting a less than winning fashion day get you down.

  • ventureforth

    I think trimming the tulle so that there was a short, stand-up fringe would go a long way; the runway look isn’t practical in real life but that limp mess is really unfortunate.

  • Qitkat

    Black swan with funeral flowers.
    Way to dishonor a McQueen, girl!

  • LeifBallard

    I think the only thing I am really not feeling that isn’t bringing it all together is the lipstick.  I think if it was softer it would have made me like the look as a whole a lot more.

  • formerlyAnon

    Young, cute, perfect person to wear this. Concur on the  “fun.” I really like her hair.

    And, yes. If there is not enough spray starch in the universe to keep the upper tulle erect, it would have looked better absent.

  • granddelusion

    Hate the hooker shoes.

  • BrightsideSusan

    Much improved by removing the bunting.

  • margaret meyers

    that is so cute from behind.  cheeky and pretty.

  • Making that tulle stand up would take A LOT of starch, and is probably not comfortable to wear.

  • PantherontheRunway

    This makes her look like she weights a million lbs.
    The tulle standing would make this look so much more weightless, the model looks effortless with that tulle up

  • I actually like the soft drape of the tulle; I think it creates the illusion of this “sketched” black shadow that frames the dress and makes the floral even punchier. It’s kind of like a fashion illustration come to life. I can see why that wouldn’t be a person’s cup of tea, though.