Rita Ora in Marchesa at the 2014 ELLE Style Awards

Posted on February 19, 2014

Rita Ora attends the 2014 ELLE Style Awards at One Embankment in London in a Marchesa dress.

Marchesa Fall 2014 Collection





[Photo Credit: Zak Hussein/INFphoto.com, IMAXtree]

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  • Noah

    That hair is making me viscerally angry.

    • barbarienne

      The faux mullet. Fullet? This needs a word. Someone more poetic/clever than I will have to come up with one.

      • kimmeister


      • Noah

        The fug. We’ll just straight up call it the fug.

    • mshesterp

      It’s terrible with her skin tone. It makes her look consumptive.

      • SophieCollier

        Exactly. I wish her beautician would at least talk her into something less yellow.

  • All that dress and she thought “I know – my hands need glitter”. So much going on and so little worthy of comment. I’m really warming to this woman though.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I really want to warm to her although I know I haven’t heard any of her music on purpose (that’s why she is famous, right? music?) But mostly she just reminds me of a very bad version of Rihanna.

      • I haven’t heard any of her music either. Or Rihanna’s, bar that Umbrella song.

      • megohd

        I was thinking she looks like Beyonce’s long lost brother–in drag.

        • demidaemon


      • formerlyAnon

        I am full on fond of her because I liked her funkier ensembles, I liked how she kept a touch of that as she started to wear better (or, you
        know, actual) designers, and I love that she almost always looks like she’s enjoying herself. I would probably still like her if I hated her
        music and realized that she’s actually miserable, just a good actress when the cameras are pointed at her.

        But I’m avoiding finding anything out about her because it’s generally inevitable that knowing anything about a singer’s friends, dating history and publicly available versions of her past times is only exceeded by hearing them speak ‘seriously’ in an interview for taking the bloom right off that rose.

  • kt

    Those poor crushed breasts

    • barbarienne

      Crushed, unsupported, chafed breasts. No one should go braless in anything that isn’t soft cotton. My girls are trying to claw their way into my chest just thinking about this.

      • RedRaven617

        First thing I thought of. She would have had a much better look with some proper foundations for the girls. Not sexy at all.

      • majorbedhead

        My nipples are wincing in sympathy.

      • YoungSally

        Look at her poor hunched back — no bra is cruel — not to mention the nipple noogies.

    • AmeliaEve

      There are more reasons to wear a bra than just covering your nipples. Eeek.

  • Laura Renee

    YIKES to everything (except the face, but I don’t know if it goes with…whatever she’s trying to present).

  • gabbilevy

    Well… she’s never boring.

  • mjude

    not a fan of the dress

  • Gatto Nero

    Hate the slicked-back ombre hair and really REALLY hate that dress. But I was primed to (because, Marchesa).

  • Blair Sylvester

    You are way to vibrant, fun. And most importantly alive (in the literal sense ) for this dingy depressed been in a chest in the attic for 200 years dress . Get thee some color and crazy stat

  • That seems to be a dress so alien to her and her style, its like someone screwed her head onto a doll body.

    • conniemd

      That’s particularly true of the last shot from the side where her neck looks thick and her head is awkwardly turned to the camera. I swear it looks like someone photoshopped her head onto that neck and dress.

    • decormaven

      Her stylist was so excited about scoring a look from Marchesa, she/he totally forgot that this is completely inappropriate for the client in question. Stylist fail, big-time.

    • marlie

      This is totally a dress for one of the ingenue types. NOT Ms. Ora, here.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh, baby, no. If there was any doubt that this is Not Your Look, that hair nailed the coffin shut.

  • @Biting Panda

    Hella unflattering. I work with septuagenarians whose tits don’t appear to be headed so far south.

  • KinoEye

    No. No. NO. The hair is all kinds of awful, and that looks like a tacky wedding dress from the days of yore. She doesn’t look thrilled to be wearing it, so I’d wager she hates it too.

  • BobStPaul


  • zenobar

    Yeeeeee. This dress is so very unkind to her boobs, and the styling (if you can call cramming a random assortment of jewelry items onto one’s hands/wrists “styling”) is horrific.

    • Nancer

      So sad to see! I wonder what impulse made her decide to dress up like the bride of Frankenstein? Or is it Miss Havisham? Maybe both….

      • zenobar

        I wondered the same thing. And I gotta say, those rings are giving nothing but Avon ca. 1981.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Miss Havisham! I could not put my finger on it, until I read it. But the hair is more Bride of Frankenstein.

        • Nancer

          I know, right? All that money and a stylist (I am sure) and they sent her out looking like this. And it isn’t even Halloween. Tsk, tsk.

      • formerlyAnon

        Maybe the stylist said “we got you a Marchesa!” ? Because she hasn’t been wearing ‘names’ for all that long?

        Because I don’t think it’s because anyone really looked at what it looks like on her.

    • @Biting Panda

      So, my 6yr old is super girly, loves to dress up in costume. Her Nonna has taken up the habit of sending her thrift store gowns and such. The latest was this sad little ballerina costume, eerily similar to the frock above. Swap out the black sash for some tired and dingy feathers, and you’ve got it. Same atrocious tulle, same impression of head to toe itch. I shuddered at it, I shudder at this.

      • Nancer

        Ooohhh.. this made me feel itchy too!

      • She sounds so much fun!

      • demidaemon

        Hmm, it’s nice to know that Marchesa gets their inspiration from used ballerina costumes. So chic!

    • kimmeister

      Not to mention a bucket of glitter on the hands!

  • jw_ny


  • Lori

    Girl, that is not your dress.

    • Gatto Nero

      Honey, that’s no one’s dress.

  • Rand Ortega

    Not having any of it.

  • uprightcitizen

    Well, that’s unfortunate (bless her heart). She’s suddenly got Helen Mirrin’s bosom, in a dress that looks like it should have a spare roll of toilet paper under the skirt and be sitting on the back of my Aunt’s john in 1973. The hair and makeup look like she tried to copy Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” video from 1984 (and failed). The color of that dress does nothing for her, either. Poor thing.

  • SewingSiren

    Bride of Frankenstein, Miss Havisham, Barbie and all, it’s more or less perfect for her. The too tight bodice and smushed breasts notwithstanding.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Major titscrepency. Proof why when dresses go from runway to red carpet they usually have a lining, so you can support your breasts.

    • lamamu

      Lining! Yes! I don’t need to know the precise shade of every celebrity’s areolas.

  • Danielle

    Those boobs are so sad. Poor things.

  • kimmeister

    Besides all the problems already mentioned, that bulky black belt is making her look seriously thick in the midsection, which is the exact opposite of what belts are supposed to do.

    • ballerinawithagun

      When I saw this on TLo’s runway coverage my comment was that it looked like a bridal gown that hadn’t been quite finished. Right before the model walked, Georgina pulled one of the fire retardant drapes down and fashioned a sash at the last moment. Even the model looks very depressed having to wear this monstrosity.

  • Ok, the ombre hair + sleekly brushed behind the ears combo needs to die, because it’s giving the unforgivably trashy appearance of a two-toned mullet. And you’re breaking my heart, my achey breaky heart with that. (See also Kate Mara, who could have rocked that weird bobby pin style if it weren’t for her ombre hair.)

  • Sarah

    What a clash of frumpy princess muffin dress with 80’s mullet – at least she tried. This girl is gorgeous. This look does her NO justice at all.

  • luluransom

    Ahahhahha!! Heee, hee, titter, snort. Oh Marchesa, thanks for the early morning guffaw.

  • RussellH88

    I don’t like the dress on her.

    I think it needs to be on someone edgier to balance out the Princess Frou Frou.

    • Garcia Loca

      It needs to be in a bonfire.

  • jen

    Fancy toilet paper roll cover.

  • Anna

    Even Carrie Bradshaw doesn’t want this back.

    • Sofia Bentivoglio

      awesome. LOL

  • Imasewsure

    Personal worst? I think so

  • lunchcoma

    It’s certainly very Marchesa.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Oh the irony…at the Style Awards, ha ha ha.

  • Yvette Monson

    Beyonce’s wea

  • Danielle West

    Her girls desperately need some support.

  • alyce1213

    Hideous dress, badly worn, badly styled. She looks utterly ridiculous.

  • Pennymac

    Are her HaNDS sparkling? There’s so much wrong with this look, yet that was all I could see. My husband used to call that “stripper shine”.

  • Diego!

    Chucky’s bride pt. 2!

  • B_C_J

    The top is ghastly. The bottom is no better

  • LJCdoc

    The Beautiful Georgina Chapman really makes some hideous dresses, doesn’t she?

    • Gatto Nero

      Almost without fail.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Sooooo is “24 hour Stomach Virus” the new make-up trend this year?

    • marlie

      Rita always wears too much makeup. I get that heavy brows and dark lips are always her thing, but her foundation is clearly slathered on too heavily, and seems to give the appearance of being end-of-day makeup or something.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think her makeup started out as part of her overall look – which started out majorly downtown club, in an English way (my impression, not an expert on her and definitely not on night life in the U.K.) She’s been shifting the clothes but her makeup hasn’t caught up, I think.

  • marlie

    The support for her bust is *horrible.” There’s no reason why the girls should be looking so droopy and flat. But that’s just the beginning… this whole dress is ill-conceived: hate the sash, the beaded portion looks too heavy and a little dated, and the skirt looks like tissue.

    • MilaXX

      She’s not wearing a bra. I can see areolas through the lace

      • marlie

        That’s even worse. I thought there were at least cups sewn in or something.

  • Jessica Wyatt

    Is that jewelry cutting off the circulation to her hands? Somebody better go get the pliers before they atrophy.

  • boweryboy

    Bless her heart for trying, but no. She still looks harsh and trashy. And could some one please take the Crayon red lipstick away from her and put her in a time out until she trys a different shade?

  • NMMagpie

    The girls… they need some help there.

  • Aidan B

    The styling of her whole head makes her appear ill, and her talons still scare me.

  • Alyssa

    I feel she was too desensitized to unlined dresses by attending fashion week that she forgot nipples are not supposed to be a visible part of the outfit.

  • MilaXX

    NOPE, I like nothing here. Why add 10 inches of much too yellow yaki if all you’re doing is pulling it straight back? Why is she not wearing a bra? Why ALL the rings and the wrong earrings? She made a pretty dress look cheap. Go home and start over.

  • poggi

    If your boobs and belt meet, then something’s in the wrong place.

  • Kate4queen

    Just no.

  • MissusBee

    The dress is aggressively fug. Chafed breasts leading the assault.

  • In_Stitches

    The head feels a bit Ziggy Stardust and the dress very princess; it’s not a pleasing combo. She needs to switch out her styling or dress…in this case, I’d say drop the dress. She’s too busty for a busy dress that doesn’t really accommodate for boobs.

  • quiltrx

    I just REALLY don’t care for her. This isn’t exactly my kind of Marchesa (top and bottoms of two different dresses IMO), but she’s doing NOTHING for it.
    Just out of the shower hair, too much cheap-looking jewelry, and THE BELT IS NOT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR A BRA.

  • 3boysful

    Can this look be saved? Don’t think so.

  • Trickytrisha

    The tacky quotient just rose 100%.

  • bertkeeter

    What the HELL is wrong with the designers, editors, stylists and most of all the celebrities that can’t see how painfully old and tired most of this stuff is?

  • looks like she’s playing violetta in a very tacky la traviatta. the jaundice years.

  • nannypoo


  • Barb Rayhttp://www.google.com/

    Miss Haversham with chola brows. Tragic.

  • demidaemon

    NOPE. hate it all, except maybe the lipstick. That is a wedding dress, everyone. She’s not getting married, though.

  • LaSylphide

    Lampshade? Toaster cover? Braless toaster cover?

  • Has she given up? ‘Cuz that’s what this looks like.

  • Qitkat

    I have a bag of leftover tulle once tied in bows, why, god knows not. But I probably could recreate this skirt. In case anyone is wondering, that is not such a good thing. This is not flattering on Rita or the model, which is saying quite a lot, as they are such different types. Marchesa has got to stop drinking the koolaide.

  • Oh, honey. Please put on a bra. The girls are supposed to be closer to the armpit than the elbow…

  • MM4321

    Girl blond is not your hair color.

  • Clash D

    I don’t hate the dress but it doesn’t match her coloring. Maybe if the top was better fitted and black lace instead of white?

  • Lilyana_F

    This all looks very unfortunate..

  • lilazander

    Sorry, I don’t like the princessy dress, hate her hair, it’s not a great look overall.