Girl, That’s Not Your Dress: Rita Ora in Calvin Klein

Posted on December 12, 2012

Good Lord, this may be one the worst-styled looks we’ve seen in quite some time:


Rita Ora attends the second day of Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London in Calvin Klein.

Calvin Klein Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Ella

Before we get to all the other bad choices, let’s start with the dress and why it’s not hers. It’s very simple: color. That yellow is absolutely terrible for her skin tone. Talk about sallow. We want to feel her forehead to see if she’s got a fever. It’s a great dress otherwise, but she needs this in a red or a blue in order for it to work on her.

Having said that… Jesus, Mary and OPRAH, girl. Who styled this outfit for you? We have to believe you took matters into your own hands because we find it near-impossible to believe that someone got paid to put you in those ridiculously ugly boots, load you up with a whole mess of mismatched, cheap-looking jewelry, and then stand back, cock their head and say, “You know what this look needs? EXTRA HEAVY MAKEUP AND GREASY HAIR!” The Calvin Klein aesthetic is all about simplicity and clean lines. No one who knows anything about styling would think to pair a CK dress with heavy makeup, fucked-up shoes and gaudy jewelry.

Girl, if you paid someone to put this together, you need to set them on fire. If you did this to yourself, let this be a lesson to you. Now go home and scrub all that stuff off your face, young lady.


[Photo Credit: Optic Photos/,]

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  • Sobaika

    This is terrible, full stop.

    • Jill_3

       Those ziploc bag shoes! Mine eyes!! Terrible doesn’t even begin to COVER it. Shudder.

      • Valdri8

         She was forced to wear those shoes because they thought she might be hiding a shiv

  • gabbilevy

    Who is this and what did she do with that wacky ball of fabulousness we were getting to know as Rita Ora? I am sad all over.

    • MoHub

       Maybe Lady Gaga sued her for stealing her look.

    • Meelah

      She’s the new thing that is being shoved down our throats.  I think she’s supposed to be Rihanna’s replacement laying in wait in case she flips off the deep end.  Basically her claim to fame at this point is being a Rihanna clone.  

  • VicksieDo

    “Girl, if you paid someone to put this together, you need to set them on fire.”  ROFLMAO

  • jenuwefa

    That color is vomit inducing.  Does it look good on ANYONE?

    • Sobaika

      I feel like Freida Pinto has worn this mustard-y type color before and looked divine.

    • Lori

      Considering that it’s doing nothing for the model I’d say the answer is “no”.

    • susan6

       Maybe women with darker skin can pull it off, but anyone Rita Ora or paler is just going to look jaundiced.

      • J. Preposterice

        I think it depends on the underlying tones of the skin, more than dark/light.  I’m an extremely fair blue-eyed blond who can wear a lot of mustards (I think not this one, though I could be wrong — I’d have to try it to be sure, and what are the odds of that?  NOT GOOD. Calvin Klein is out of my budget, for sure). 

    • hyperionic

      Mustard? Of course, Michelle Williams looked amazing in that mustard Vera Wang dress at the Oscars in 2006. 

      • ecallaw1977

         It had more orange tones though–the underlying tone here is green, and it makes a world of difference.

    •  It would look good on people with darker brown skin, if they have the right undertone for it.

    • Iman could probably do it, but then Iman can walk on water and make the angels sing.

    • BazoDee

      This dress needs to be handed over to Zoe Saldana stat. GF would look amazing in this. And she has the chops to wear it.
      As presented here – ewwww

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Rita, either kill the stylist you have or hire one, NOW.

  • What in the actual f?

  • Scarlet39

    I think I saw those rings on a street vendors table.

    This is just head to toe horrible. 

    • Dot

      I think I saw the watch, too.

  • mellorcr

    This make-up is what happens when someone tries to correct for the fact that the dress is a bad color for her skin tone. 

  • Janet B

    Truly nude shoes.

  • Those may be one of the worst pairs of footwear in human history.  I am at a loss to imagine what outfit, or in what set of circumstances they would look either appropriate, or well chosen. Also, though the color is without question the primary issue with the dress, the length is also a problem. it hits her square between two good lengths for her, making her doubtlessly shapely stems go all tubular.

    • Well said. Those shoes are a fashion travesty. And probably quite costly.

    • kimmeister

      At first I thought they would make kitschy rain boots, then I realized that they are open-toed.  *facepalm*

      •  So, these are clear plastic, open toed, ankle height, stack heeled, boots with white plastic zippers?
        (wretching a bit)  Its like the worst galoshes in history married a pair of grandma’s orthopedics, and this was the ill begotten love child that resulted.

        • StellaZafella

           They’ve got to be from one of those stores in Manhattan with “We’re always going out of business!!!” on the front windows.

        • kimmeister

          Plus, they fell into a toe-cutting-off machine.

        • mjude

          i am just laughing my ass off over those boots.  her feet look like they are sweating.  can not believe they are opened toed. LMFAO!!!

        • 3boysful

           She needs the matching clear fold-out rain bonnet.

        • meowing

          Currently I am wearing gosh-awful fuzzy wuzzy slippers.  They look better than her boots, any day.  Truly the worst booties I’ve ever seen.

    • ecallaw1977

       I agree.  I’m always skeptical when people just throw out superlatives (Really?  That was the best day ever?  Out of every day of your entire life?).  I always think they are exaggerating.  Like people who use the word literally in obviously non-literal situations. But in this case, I think I may truly be able to say that those are the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen–or even, as you stated, “one of the worst pairs of footwear in human history.” First of all, I don’t know why shoe designers keep trying to make clear plastic happen.  Nobody’s feet look good pressed against clear plastic.  But beyond that, the length, width, and color of the heel are just goddawful, and don’t even get me started on that zipper.  Blech.

      • Dot

        The worst part is that these high-end clear plastic shoes cost as much as a month’s rent for a lot of people.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Why would anyone imagine completely clear plastic BOOTS would ever be a good idea.  That pruney thing that happens to your feet when you’re in the bath too long will never be a good look. 

      I just don’t understand…I just can’t… why… the world…

    • demidaemon

      The only time they might be appropriate is for a sex worker fulfilling some specific kink. I don’t want to imagine any further than that, as these are already mind and eye-scarring as is.

  • teensmom99

    Amazing how this could have been so much better, as TLo outline (different color, different accessories, different make up/hair).  Celebrities need to know that just because a dress isn’t totally unflattering (as it would be on us normals who are forced to wear dresses that don’t show our tummy pouches or love handles or whatever) doesn’t mean it’s the right dress.  

  • sniff, sniff…why would someone do something so awful to such a pretty dress. why TLo…why?

  • the nail polish isn’t working with this dress either…seriously, what’s the saying, five cents for a ten cent dance?

  • L.

    Not sure if I agree that this is a great dress… it makes her look like she has no neck.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    It might be good in red or a very deep green, but yeah, even a color change wouldn’t stop the styling problems.  No one ever should wear those boots.  My feet are starting to stink just looking at them.

    I think the dress could also use a couple of inches off the bottom.  The proportions look off.

  • f’ugly 

  • Vanja

     Those boots are ugly as sin.

    • JaneDC

      Or, as we used to say down south, ugly as homemade sin.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        That’s an insult to homemade sin. TLO, who is responsible for those boots? We must know so we can boycott them immediately for the good of humankind!

  • Trisha26

    The boots….The mustard color…The RED lips…YIKES!

    • kimmeister

      It’s all very Ronald McDonald, no?  She does red lips better when they’re more blue-red than orange-red.

  • JaneDC

    The shoes are horrifying. It looks like they’re fogging up.

  • When your plastic boots are fogging up, that should be the glaring clue that maybe, just maybe, those are a NO. 

    • alyce1213

      Yep.  Made my day.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    gotta say it…stank foot..

  • EEKstl

    It’s just a trainwreck, top to bottom.  Atrocious.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Oh my GOD those SHOES. Even strippers would look at them and say: “GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURL”.

    Also, I don’t think that’s her dress, period. Look at the model. Klein clearly intended this dress for Jennifer Lawrence. ON HEELS.

  • E. D.

    I like the nails, but that’s about it.

  • Yowzers. That is one horrifying look. It’s a field of landmines of fug that keep exploding whenever you look at a different part. The hair: BOOM! The make up: BOOM! The dress: BOOM! Those shoes: KA-BOOM!!

    • B_C_J

       You are absolutely right and you have made me laugh hysterically.

  • kimmeister

    In terms of hairstyles, I love a good flip, but GURL that is not a good flip.

  • fringebenefit

    A monstrosity on anybody anywhere. But then she had to go and make it worse with the clear plastic booties. Come on, girl?!

  • SouthernGirlRena

    We have had a staff meeting today and determined that yes, these are quite possibly the ugliest boots in the history of boots.  It is fairly cold here today but my feet feel sweaty and blistered in sympathy.  The only reason anyone should wear those is to show off some really tacky Christmas socks.

  • IN!  Absolutely adorbs!

    … kidding.

  • crash1212

    Scrub your face and BURN those shoes! Good god…such a hideous mess. That is a lovely dress…on the model. GAH! Now, I’m just mad. 

  • TieDye64

    Yikes, this entire look is hiddy and unflattering. The word that comes to mind each time I see a picture of her is “coarse”. Girl is so rough around the edges, and not in a good or fun way.

  • Maya Cagan

    The thing with wearing mustard yellow, is it should never be paired with ketchup red.

  • miagain

    are those boots for real?

  • MsOlympia

    Who IS she?

  • Yikes. I have nothing to had that hasn’t been expressed…this is just terrible. And I miss her fro.

  • unbornfawn

    That is a whole lot of fug. And too long. Does fit nice though.

  • MarissaLG

    Her hair & shoes are truly offensive. 

  • afabulous50

    I’ve asked this before – who is she?

    • MilaXX

       pop star. more popular in the UK but getting popular here

  • alyce1213

    Ick, head to toe.

  • decormaven

    Those shoes should be in the Hall of Hiddyness. Beyond tacky. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    I don’t think that dress is great at all.

  • greyhoundgirl

    She knew it was bad–as the first photo shows, she felt the need to take her own pulse.

  • MilaXX

    sad really, cause I kinda like the dress. those shoes are pure ugly evil

  • Paigealicious

    I feel like the wing on her ankle is facing the wrong direction.

  • Rand Ortega

    All bad. From the roota to the tooda.

  • Zippypie

    I really wish I hadn’t opened this post now.  It’s like looking under a scabby band aid.

  • Wretched. Emphasis on the “retch.”

  • Joyce VG


  • Those boots are U-G-L-Y and they ain’t got no alibi.

  • Sweaty feet! Greasy hair! Awful mouth! What else…

  • erinbinek

    Queen of Fug, right there.

  • A total and complete DISASTER!  

  • frannyprof

    Hiddy. Easily one of the worst dressed this year. Where’s Mr. Blackwell when we need him?!

  • Dot

    I don’t know who this woman is, but she looks like a fucking trainwreck. Christ Almighty, whoever designed those boots must be blind. Did she even look in a mirror before leaving the house?

  • RocknRollmom

    Ugly cheap looking dress before she even put it on.  Very few if any people would look good in that color.  And then what everyone else is saying about everything else.  Umm….at least the fried blonde curls are gone. 

  • Cathy S

    Oh my god those boots. See-through plastic boots. I can’t even.

  • B_C_J

    This is no one’s dress. It does not flatter the model and it certainly does not flatter Ms. Ora. It looks like it’s made of neoprene especially in the last photo where you can see how the fabric creases when she twists to face the camera – horrendous. The boots are an abomination. The eyebrows look like they were painted on with asphalt and the accessories are ridiculous. This is BAD.

  • Amen, amen, to everything you said.  I can’t believe those foot coverings (I refuse to dignify them with the word “shoes” or “boots”) are even for sale anywhere.  Shudder.

  • The hair. Those shoes. UGH.

  • Scott Isaacs

    Well, at least the dress fits her better than it does the model.

  • Judy_J

    Those boots!!!!!!!!  I’ll be having nightmares about those boots!

  • Annabelle Archer

    That dress is a Project Runway aufedersein if I have ever seen one.

    But the true crime is those shoes.  Those sweaty feet, slipping toes, geriatric heeled shoes.

  • I’m sorry I had to see those shoes. 

  • ojosazules

    Are the boots fogging up?

  • marilyn

    Also, this looks like a daytime summer dress.  She needs a (faux) tan, a big hat, sunglasses, and some flirty sandals.

  • Elleachaudaucul

    Good news! The search for the ugliest footwear in the world is over.

  • Agree with everything you said save for one thing-that is one fucked-up dress.  It looks like it’s made of naugahyde-in the runway pic it looks like it MOVES like naugahyde.  A miss from CK.

  • bitterk

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry.  Comical really but yet so tragic.

  • Anathema_Device

    She most often looks terrible to me. Everything about this is bad. The shoes look like old lady galoshes. Like she should have in her purse one of those little plastic rain bonnets that come in a tiny pink plastic box.

  • bertkeeter

    The rings, the nails, the bracelets, the watch, the lip color PLUS the color of the dress add up to asuper unattractive look! Oh…did I mention the fugliest shoes EVER?

  • Colonel Mustard in the Lounge with Fugly Shoes.  Ewww.  

  • bellafigura1

    I don’t understand the shoes. Is that duct tape?

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Scroll up, scroll down, scroll all around fug.

  • Gorgeous. Love it. Wish it was more yellow and less mustard. 

  • Reaction to her shoes: WUT?

    Still love the look, the lips, the dress.

  • Jewelry inspired by Phoebe Buffay.

  • Judih1

    Hurts my eyes to even glance in her direction. Nothing about this from hair to toe (especially toe) is remotely appealing. But if she put this together just to get attention, then mission accomplished. Surely this will be one of the 10 worst looks of 2012 that TLO puts together

  • barbarienne

    Once again, an appearance of that color that looks good on almost no one. At least in that respect it matches the shoes, which would also look good on almost no one, and will never go with any outfit, ever, except maybe that plastic coat thing Joanna Cassidy wore in Bladerunner.

    But all of that is as nothing compared to my reaction to the one thing she can’t easily remove or fix: the wing on her ankle is pointing the wrong way. I would never notice that except the judges on Ink Master have discussed that concept–which way a tattoo should face when on the side of someone’s leg. Mercury wings should have the feathers at the back and the shoulder-joint in front.

    • mhleta

      The tat should also be on the outside of the ankle rather than the inside, no? Picture how awkward it would have been for Mercury/Hermes to fly if his wings had been on the inside. They’d keep bashing into each other. 

      • barbarienne

         I am assuming–probably foolishly–that she has one on both sides of that ankle. A completely unwarranted assumption, and if that isn’t the case, then yes, I agree with you 100%.

  • quiltrx

    Ick!  My eyes are starting to bleed, and I only looked for a few seconds!  And I love you guys…my comment was going to be that this color is called ‘sallow’, and you guys beat me to the word.

    And the rest of this (ahem) “look”?  I seriously can’t find a single thing I like.

  • blumonky

    She also needs to set the person who gave her that ankle tattoo on fire because the wing is on backwards…

  • KatieKissinger

    Those shoes are tragic.  She needs to hire a new team-If it’s not the dress, it’s the hair, makeup, or accessories.  There’s always something not working for her.  

  • the dress is bad enough, the bloody lips are much worse than the dress. oh,   dont even mention these rain-boots she borrowed from her friend’s 3-year-old  niece

  • RzYoung

    I’d rather wear Crocs! Fuck me, it’s all bad!

  • mhleta

    My favorite part of this look is the build up of condensation inside of the shoes. That’s the nicest thing I can think to say.

  • Contralto

    oh honey, no.  She needs to stick with those whacky fanciful looks she was wearing earlier this year.

  • guest2visits

    Anything would look heinous in proximity to those shoes. And it all does!

  • Alice Tram

    I’m so offended by the shoes .