WERQ: Rita Ora in Saint Laurent

Posted on April 12, 2013

That’s right, Miss Thang! ATTITUDE. Sell it!

You see, when you’re in the WERQ zone, you just don’t have time for full sentences and because you’re so overwhelmed by the beauty and divatude on display, you’re reduced to shouting out catchphrases and snapping your fingers a lot. But look:

Rita Ora attends 4th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration in New York City in Saint Laurent.

Saint Laurent Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Caroline Loosen (ELITE)

Can you blame us?

We hate mullet skirts as much as any two fabulously chic queens can, but this whole look is WERQing like gangbusters. You sell the shit out of that off-the-beaten-path chic, girl! YSL SNAPS.


[Photo Credit: Janet Mayer/PRPhotos, style.com]

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  • RinPauler

    I have a strong dislike for Saint Laurent (particularly the recent F/W), but this really suits her.

  • Werq that Carmen Sandiego disguised as a nun drag!

  • Sobaika

    Never thought I’d see Rita Ora werqing, but this is a crazy good look on the exact right person.

    Wish she didn’t have blue nails though.

  • Sarah

    She needs a broomstick and a black cat. For reals.

    • AmandaCathleen

      Or just put a buckle on that hat, and she’s all set for Thanksgiving.

    • girliecue

      The one and only way a mullet skirt might look good is trailing gracefully off a broomstick as she takes a ride in the night sky

  • Rita Ora? A WERQ?

    It’s a fashion miracle! Whoever did this deserves a raise. Immediately.

  • A.W.

    It’s so nice to see real, classic YSL on the red carpet. Not this Coachella hipster grunge nonsense Hedi keeps turning out.

  • It’s like “sexy pilgrim.”
    And now I’m hungry for Thanksgiving dinner

    • i was going to say sexy preacher from Poltergeist. It’s a great look but i cannot unsee the connection.

  • Jebus Christ, no. Not buying ‘fashion bitch of the west’. Blue nails are beyond hiddy.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love the way the outfit looks on the runway, but on Rita Ora it looks like a halloween costume.

  • Is she a witch? Is she a nun? Is she a pilgrim? I just don’t know, but it’s amusing and a far cry better than her usual efforts. Nicely played Ms. Ora.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Rita Ora and Werq in the same phrase is not something one sees often…the outfit works, the nails need to go back to Pinterest immediately…

  • ralish

    No. Just… no.

    • Verascity

      Yeah, I’m not buying it either.

  • Alexina04

    It’s astonishing how well she’s pulling this off. Just wish the blue talons weren’t there but a well-deserved WERQ nonetheless.

  • gabbilevy

    Love this. This is the kind of funky-fresh she should be going for. Also, Janelle Monet could go this direction and it wouldn’t serve her poorly.

  • Sorry, gentlemen. That sad mullet skirt ruins it for me totally.

    • ConnieBV

      Yep. That and the hair. That hair belongs on the business end of a mop.

      • It just looks like it’s been fried, right?

  • prettybigkitty

    Really? Maybe this would be a WERK on a young Cybil Shepard, but Rita not so much. HATE the blue claws.

  • MelVT

    Why won’t they let these poor women visit the ladies’ room before they hit the red carpet? She has got to go SO BAD.

  • Nope. doesn’t do it for me. For some reason, the dress looks a tad cheap on her. I LOATHE the manicure. Though, from the neck up she looks good… Hair and makeup are good, and I really like the hat.

  • Janet B

    She gets a WERQ for the hat alone.

  • AmandaCathleen

    I have to admit, I’m not quite getting this one. It looks like a cheap costume to me.

    • In_Stitches

      Her relaxed confidence is really selling it, but I get what you’re saying, definitely. The hat looks a bit like a pimp hat from party city.

  • MilaXX

    This is her look and her look only. I was beginning to worry since she had a few fashion mishaps, but I like this.

  • sylverlight

    No no no no no… Just… NO.
    Bow too big, Skirt too mullet-y, Nails too blue, Hat TOO MUCH.
    Sorry, just can’t agree w/ you guys this time.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    It’s a little Pilgrim meets Witch, but for some reason I’m not hating it. The nails are a bit scary, but I guess they go along with the witchy vibe.

  • B_C_J

    No, it’s a Halloween costume.

  • Who stole that WITCHES broom?

  • Digging the lovechild of slutty nun and Carmen Sandiego!

  • SewingSiren

    This is the best she has ever looked.

  • Interesting that this is from the same Saint Laurent collection that produced Angelina’s messianic ensemble. Perhaps they were trying to dress the cast of an upcoming production of The Crucible?

    • Frankie Bow

      Seriously, my first thought was Sexy Pilgrim.

  • Butt cape.

  • flamingoNW

    I guess….

  • Anna Vasquez

    Werq that Guy Fawkes-V-for-Vendetta sexiness!

  • Hetha Innis

    Wait just a minute. You liked that get-up on RDJ, and now you’re giving Rita a WERQ here? A rare day in T-Lo’s World! And thanks for the Veep tip. Watched last night and LOVED it.

  • Cathy S

    The only part of this I like is that hat. Sorry. Not feeling it.

  • rloliveira

    I think she looks like a combination of the Wicked Witch of the West and Zorro. This outfit is costume-y.

  • snarkmeister

    I *love* the blue nails, actually. I think they add a great pop of much-needed color.

  • Imasewsure

    Marlene Dietrich lives in this one. Fun when she gets it right although I too hate the mullet skirt. Love the blue nails here too

  • ampg

    Yeah, the blue nails really detract from the WERQ.

  • Pannyx

    I was thinking more Carmen Sandiego at a funeral.

    • Jessi03

      Ha, that works, too!

    • notterriblybitter

      I was thinking Carmen Sandiego after she came into some money.

  • TSkot

    Wait, this isn’t a Halloween costume??

  • decormaven

    I think she’s working this look. I just want someone to properly address her hair. It appears over-processed. She’s got the MUA, now for a hair stylist.

  • This is a Wicked Witch/Wicked Halloween costume. TLo, you’re kidding, right?

  • PastryGoddess

    Without the shooting flames out of her eyes, this look would be feh at best. She certainly is selling it.

    However, I am over that chicken fried hair

  • alyce1213

    Shirley, you jest!! This is the black part of Spy vs Spy.
    This is all wrong and she looks like a joke. Still.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    This, THIS is what the Wicked Witch of the West should have worn in the Oz movie. THISSSSSS!!!!!!

    • Dam_Angel

      I hope no one spills water on her.

  • Qitkat

    Cowgirl Madam.

    Ya’ll come on down to the Moonlite Bunny Ranch.

  • butterflysunita

    Kind of fabulous and ridiculous. The one time where I excuse the mullet skirt. Her attitude sells it.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes fabulous and ridiculous works for me. Love how she’s working the hat.

  • Anne Elise

    She is serving up some William Bradford realness. Puritan snaps of RESPECT.

  • formerlyAnon

    Love this, love her for doing it. She may be the only woman I’ll ever see to make a success of a mullet skirt which turns into a train.

  • rkdgal

    LOVE the outfit, but I just can’t get behind her hair color. Doesn’t work for her complexion AT. ALL.

  • anotherkate

    It looks pretty darn cool, but I can’t get on board with the electric blue hooker nails with this ensemble.

  • RebeccaKW

    Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? 1700’s Massachusetts.

    • Jessi03

      Ok, I just laugh-snorted my coffee. I kinda simultaneously love and hate you now.

  • Aliza Mansolino Gault

    Serving up some Cotton Mather realness, girl!

  • shanteUstay

    I could see Katherine Hepburn wearing something like this, it has a moment of old timey tomboy starlet the to it loooooove

    • conniemd

      Or a broadway musical or dance production. She’d make a perfect partner for Gene Kelly.

  • MissAmynae

    BAM! Rockin’ it from head to toe.

    in some of these shots, it looks like she and Zoe Saldana could be sisters.

  • Witch was my first thought, albeit a very chic one.

  • Coco Cornejo

    She looks like she escaped from a poster for Wicked.

  • conniemd

    I mentioned she’d make a perfect dance partner for Gene Kelly and it occurred to me that this is not wicked witch or Halloween. It’s a perfect updated female version of a 40’s male in topcoat and tails.

  • Orange Girl

    I really disagree with you guys on this one. Disaster from head to toe.

  • She looks like a sexy teenage witch. I like it.

  • azil O

    Pilgrim bolero dancer

  • Pamela Hunt

    I can’t with the fried platinum hair. Not to mention the dark roots.

  • She borrowed the look down to the shoe from the runway. Are there no pre-requisites for a WERQ?

  • Trisha26

    Nope. She looks like one of the witches from the disastrous Oz the Great and Powerful.

  • AnotherG

    Serving up Salem Witch Trial realness! Awesome!

  • thelovelydove

    I’m not feeling the blue nails, but this is otherwise fantastic.

  • oldbobbydraper

    the model wore it better.

    this girl’s nails, hair and extra long bow really ruin it for me.

  • Carly Warnock

    Still prefer it on the model, just cause she has the mysterious thing going on. Rita Ora looks the best I’ve seen here though.

  • Anniebet

    Sorry, to me she just looks silly, like a 13 year old trying for a sexy pilgrim Thanksgiving costume. Or maybe Halloween.

  • l_c_ann

    I expect bolts of red lightning to shoot out of her eyes at the first opportunity.

  • RedRaven617

    The mullet skirts just make me crazy. What a horrible design element for anyone older than 16.

  • I like it but I wish the bow was in the original chiffon like fabric rather than the big hulking wad of fabric it currently is

  • Tell me I’m not the only person seeing Vampire Hunter D here.

    • alyce1213

      Uh huh. I saw SPY vs SPY from Mad Magazine, but that may be before your time. (Worth it to Google)

  • jetpackdino

    Beautiful. Absolutely selling 17th-century portrait perfection here. Respect from me.

  • lrhoff

    Not working for me….that skirt is hideous.

  • bellafigura1

    Hard to make St. Laurent look trashy … Success!

  • NoGovernmentName

    This is a Halloween costume. Do not like.

  • guest2visits

    What a totally fun look to wear – she looks amazing, it’s perfect for her.
    Who would have thought ‘happy witch’ could be a fashion statement.

  • ccm800

    i do blame. Blech

  • pdquick

    All it needs is a pointy hat and a broom.

  • Damien W

    Really? It’s a fun costume, but I wouldn’t call it fashion-forward (or even worthy of being WERQed into fabulousness). It’s like someone spliced 3 Judy Garland movies together: The WIcked Witch from Oz, a Harvey Girl, and her jazzy Get Happy outfit from Summer Stock. It’s only fabulous by association.

  • oh fug. no no no. not without a lot of tequila and a shotgun.

  • GTrain

    interesting outfit but i don’t think she’s pulling it off

  • Dreamwr8tr

    Somehow she manages to pull off the premier piece of the Wicked Broadway fashion show. She’d better enjoy that bottle blond while she can because that’s aging as hell (I thought she was in her early 30s; Wikipedia says she’s 22.)

  • Monabel

    You’re joking, right?