Rita Ora in Roberto Cavalli at The Glamour of Italian Fashion Exhibition

Posted on April 02, 2014

Even though we’re guilty of featuring her quite a bit and are doing so again, we’re ready to admit that we kinda don’t get her. Meaning, we kinda don’t get why she gets the amount of attention she does. And yes, we see the irony. But we’re not the ones lending her couture all the time and putting her on magazine covers.


Rita Ora attends the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum in London in Roberto Cavalli.

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2014 Collection


She’s pretty much unknown over here, although she’s always at a ton of events on this side of the pond, including New York Fashion Week. Brit Kittens: is she that big of a deal over there? We know she had a hit album, but is she that big of a star? We’re asking. If nothing else, she certainly dresses up like a star, and having written a book that’s all about getting the world to believe you’re a star, we suppose we should appreciate that. And we do. Girl’s working it, no doubt.

Having said that, she looks HORRIBLE here. The spray-on hair color is cheap and awful, her boobs are crying out in protest, the fit around the hips is no good, the hem looks like it went through a shredder, and that fur collar takes away her neck and shoulders, leaving her a head on a platter.


[Photo Credit: INFphoto.com, IMAXTree]

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  • ChaCha_70

    My boobs hurt just looking at this.

    • sojourneryouth

      Yep. This dress is a crime against humammary.

    • YoungSally

      I know boobs come in all shapes and sizes…but these boobs look – droopy — and she is really young. That said, I wonder if the fashion houses loan the clothes to Bey (bc I think JZ is Rita’s promoter) and Rita is “just borrowing”

      • WendyD

        That dress makes the model’s boobs look bad as well. BAD DRESS! NO BISCUIT.

        • YoungSally

          My Elmo is so glad he isn’t a bad dress because he would never want to be denied a biscuit.

  • Ginger

    I’m glad you asked that question because I’ve asked the same thing every single time you feature her, yet am too lazy to Google her.

  • marlie

    That hair is AWFUL. That was a horrible idea. And aside from the pain of the squashed boobs, they also make her silhouette (from the side) look really bad.

  • Ziuskin

    She is DEFINITELY a much bigger deal in the UK, and is trying to break through music-wise right now. She probably will! But yes, she’s ubiquitous in the UK, and a household name. I like her!.

  • Molly Ingle

    im a brit – i have no idea why she’s such a big deal she had one ‘catchy’ song… i suppose its cos she’s got good connections/friends…who knows!

  • ChaCha_70

    Is that a tattoo on her upper/inner left arm? Poorly placed darling – looks like you’re growing out your underarm hair.

  • Arrest this woman for felony breast abuse! Also–the lipstick–what’s with the little upturn at either outside edge? Reminds me of one of those old clown images from Coney Island, and that’s something NOBODY should use as makeup inspiration.

  • FrigidDiva

    Didn’t she date Rob Kardashian for awhile? She looks entirely too pleased with herself in this getup. Girl, go home and try again.

    • demidaemon

      She did. Many eyes were raised momentarily all over the world when it happened, and that eye raise represented the duration of their relationship.

      In other words, I understand her fame almost as much as the Ks. Which is to say “not very well.”

      • FrigidDiva

        I think the only reason I knew that was because I caught a nano second of keeping up with the k’s before The Soup came on. I can’t even watch E! anymore, it’s nothing but the Kardashians and bratty rich kids.

        • demidaemon

          I try to avoid watching E! as much as possible, though I do make exceptions for Chelsea Lately and Fashion Police, but my mother has become addicted to the Ks. It’s a sad, sad world.

  • Tanya Wade

    Jay-Z is her “mentor,” so there’s that. I usually like her style, but the fried hair is making mine hurt, and hair doesn’t usually feel pain…..Also, I hate the non-color.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Which explains why she always looks like the second incarnation of Rhianna.

      • Evan

        And a second rate or “poor man’s” version of Rihanna.

        • melisaurus

          That is kind of subjective as Rihanna’s style does literally nothing for me I don’t think you could be less.

          • Evan

            I guess. She shows too much skin for some people, but other than that, I think she’s pretty stylish in a high fashion meets street wear kind of way. If you compare Rihanna’s best looks like from the Grammy’s and other big award shows with Rita Ora’s, you’ll notice a big difference in polish.

  • StarburstLady

    I’m just going to assume this is some kind of homage to the fierceness of Cruella DeVille.

  • Kitten Mittons

    US to UK: “No, I’m sorry, the position of ‘Rihanna’ has already been filled. Uh huh. Yes, Gaga already sewed up ‘Crazy Chicken Lady’ as well. Yes, yesterday. Well, better luck next year. Thank you for your interest.”

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    first thought, girl send that dress to Katy Perry circa 2 years ago….GTINYD

  • That attrocious frankendress needs to be burned right away. We will permit Ms Ora to get out of said abomination, first, of course.

  • butterflysunita

    That might be a dress that’s only for the runway. She’s definitely not carrying it off.

  • NMMagpie

    “I wanna be Effie Trinket!!”

  • Danielle

    Loathe that hair. No no no no.

  • littlevase

    This is utilitarian fashion at its best. She is a one-woman car wash. She twirls around your car several times with the bottom of her dress and then dries and buffs with the neck piece and her hair. Seems pretty practical to me.

  • jilly_d


  • Sarah

    She’s Abominable Snowman’s Girlfriend on top, and Carwash on the bottom. Not. Sexy.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Speak for yourself! We yeti fetishists (yetishists) love a clean car as much as the next person. *fans self*

      • demidaemon

        Do yetishists get along with sasquatch fetishists (squatchists)? Curious minds need to know.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Not always. Those that do are generally called yesquatchists, I believe.

          • demidaemon

            I fear that, if this goes any further, my mind will be permanently scarred.

          • Kitten Mittons

            My phone won’t let me paste in here, so just two words: Google Sexsquatch

            My job is done.

          • demidaemon

            I’ll have to wait until I get home, as I am at work, but I am already scared.

  • Awkward furry front butt.

  • Janet B

    Frankendress/breast torture device

  • Tricia Rose

    She looks unhappy. It’s amazing what a true, genuine smile would do to “sell it”. (Plus you need like 3 more inches at least to pull that couture off!) But a smile could help!

  • @Biting Panda

    Tragic. And how much swooshing noise do you think she made? Hopefully enough to drown out the cries of pain from her boobs.

    • demidaemon

      Not enough, if that is the measurement we are using.

  • Rhonda Shore

    It’s an ugly mess of a dress but i like her. Not sure why.

  • teensmom99

    Good you asked, uncles. She gets the clothes because who else would wear something like this?

  • Kent Roby

    She’s got some Fawn Hall realness going on with that skirt.

    • formerlyAnon

      Fawn Hall reference! Don’t remember her clothes, just her truly gravity defying ’80s hair and thinking that she had to have something going for her since her marriage to Danny Sugerman lasted 12 years, until his early death from cancer.

      ETA: Oh I am slow! The dress comment is a paper shredding reference, not about her clothes! D’oh.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Looks like she sprayed her hair with dry shampoo and forgot to brush it out. And poor, poor boobies.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Not a clue who she is except that I’ve seen her on this site. She should know RiRi has done this, and much better.

    This would actually be pretty good with better hair and no fur collar.

  • Constant Reader

    This dress is looks like an homage to a psychotic break — as if the designer started to make a good-looking garment and lost all sense of reality about a quarter of the way through.

    • demidaemon

      So a dress made on a design competition show?

  • Vegas Girl

    I’m pretty sure she landed a part in the 50 Shades movies. I think the studios are pushing her out everywhere.

  • Anapestic

    I hate that dress. It looks like something Vincent Libretti would have made.

  • Imasewsure

    Awful awful neckline on her and on the model (ok awful dress in toto too).
    Love the hair and everything from the shoulders up though. She’s kind of fun-tacky so I love her (even though I have no idea why she is famous either)

  • Sara__B

    This look is not only unflattering but aging. I thought she was Sharon Stone at first glance.

  • That dress is bad enough on the model, on her it is positively vulgar.

    I don’t read tabloid newspapers, watch commercial tv or listen to the radio, so my opinion of who is or is not big in this country is limited to word of mouth, and I don’t know anyone who talks about her!

  • B_C_J

    This is one of the most unflattering dresses I have seen. The décolletage is criminal as is the fit at the level of the hips.

  • icm

    I kind of think this dress might not be so bad if they remove the fur collar and all the parts that got caught in a paper shredder.

  • icm

    Oh and her cruella devil hair looks like crap.

  • clatie

    She must have the best publicist in history because she’s all over the place despite the fact that I have no clue what a Rita Ora even is.

  • kcnitch

    Fur stole, boob flattening dress with a carwash shirt. That is a world of NO right there.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Jeez, her breasts are flattened all the way down to her belly. Burn that ugly thing right now!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Hey, she’s the Snow Meiser’s daughter from “The Year Without A Santa Claus”. “She’s too much.”

  • elemspbee

    ohmyword, what is this garment doing to and on her body? and what is her body doing to this garment. yaix. must unsee.

  • Beardslee

    She and whoever dresses her have no sense of color, IMHO. She looks completely washed out here, among other sins.

  • formerlyAnon

    The missteps here have been thoroughly covered – I’m particularly appalled at what the dress does to her breasts.

    I mostly like her style – though it’s not any better than that of dozens of others – and I’m barely aware of her performance – none of that explains why I actively enjoy seeing her pop up here as much as I do only 10 or a dozen others. I think it’s her demeanor – in her photos she almost always looks like she’s happy to be there, and having a damn good time, thank-you. It doesn’t rise far enough to be called charisma or star power or “it” – or at least it can’t unless I see her repeatedly on film/video and have it confirmed.

    So, yeah. I dunno what she’s got, but as long as she’s flashing that smile, I hope you will continue to cover her disproportionately to her importance.

  • melanie0866

    The skirt looks like the strips you used to have to pull off the sides of printer paper. Remember that? Tractor-feed printer paper? My cats used to love those leftover strips of paper with the holes in them. So, my cats would probably love this dress. I do not.

  • SeaKat Stabler

    That hair looked better on Ursula the Sea Witch.

  • SewingSiren

    For some reason the word pendulous springs to mind.

  • decormaven

    Ta-tas and tatters. Not a good look.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Ta-tas and Tatters sounds as if it could be the name for a new Lifetime reality show.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    The dress is hiddy. The bottom looks as if it came from a PR challenge to use shredded paper, and as for the bodice, well, once again I’m seeing much more of Ms. Ora’s chest than I ever cared to see.

  • Kathy

    The hair looks like a tragic talcum powder incident, and the dress looks like it should be hiked up about six inches.

  • MilaXX

    Well at least we know her boobs are real, but she looks awful and that’s an ugly dress. Send it to Courtney Act. She could make it shine.

  • Everything here is a horrible decision, but I blame Miley for the proliferation of ill advised short bleached hair.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Every time I see her, I think “Yikes, Rihanna?” And then I squint, realize it’s Rita Ora and it makes sense and I get sad for Rita Ora.

  • quiltrx

    Make the dress black and make her sing “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” That’s the only way this makes any sense.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    On this side of the pond, she’s famous in a flavour-of-the-month’ way. British people really celebrate their own charging off and conquering foreign lands so she’s appreciated more for being famous outside of England and Jay-Z being her boss, than actually performing. That won’t last long. From a fashion perspective, she’s sort of like a spare Rihanna/Gwen Stefani – without the chart success. One of my bitchy gay friends routinely refers to her as a ‘mess on legs’.

  • frannyprof

    What is happening to her boobs? Did they disobey her and now being punished?

  • kimmeister

    She’s another one who has no idea what proportion is. That fur ruff is only contributing to making her boobs look like they’re hanging out with her navel.

  • Cheryl

    And what is wrong with a head on a platter????

    • judybrowni

      Nothing, if you’re John the Baptist.

  • Jen

    I live in the UK and I still don’t really get who she is.

  • Qitkat

    My own personal take on Rita is that she is the Pia Zadora for our times.

  • zuzu

    On the bright side, now I’m earwormed with “Car Wash.”

  • Fuchsiaforever

    Uncles, totally agree on all points. I have no idea why she’s so famous. But she works hard at it.

    Yes, HORRIBLE is the right word. Here she looks like Cruella DeVille’s niece or daughter!

    And what is that- a butt on her chest? Bizzarooooo!

  • Jacob Bowen

    It looks like shredded newspaper attached to a REALLY awful dress.

    • demidaemon

      But, if we removed the shredded newspaper, would there even be enough fabric left to call it a dress?

  • Vee

    Her boobs look like smushed elephant trunks. Ouch!

  • Judy_J

    I have nothing good to say, so I’m not saying anything at all.

  • Dadoong21

    She is the walking definition of a fashion victim. All the trends and fads that Rihanna passes on [because her stylist/s have taste] are given to her. Who OK-d that look? In fact, who OK’s any of them? Her boobs, that tacky fur neck pillow…

  • LeelaST

    This reminds me I need to get my car washed.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    If she was going for pancake boobs and skunk hair I’d say it’s a win….

  • Trickytrisha

    Would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. Poor thing.

  • Orange Girl

    Crap TLO, you guys don’t know why she’s famous? I was hoping you would tell us, because I certainly don’t know.

  • She looks like Paula Patton here.

    Confession: maybe it’s because I don’t follow pop music (is that what she does?) but I have had no idea who she is and have only seen her on this website. But I’m not a Brit kitten so maybe that’s why.

  • Can’t speak for the Brits, but on the mainland, she’s pretty much unknown.
    It seems like some people with power are trying really hard to make her happen. I find it a little obnoxious, to be honest.

  • Well yes, people (sort of) know who she is here in the UK, as she had a couple of hit records, is dating Calvin Harris, appeared briefly in the latest Fast & Furious film and will be in 50 Shades Of Grey, but that does not justify the huge amount of attention she gets. She’s very pretty up close, but this dress needs to be introduced to a bonfire.

    • LaSylphide

      Well, it has to be asked: who’s Calvin Harris?

      • demidaemon

        He’s a music producer, maybe? I have no clue.

      • formerlyAnon

        Per Wikipedia he’s a 30 year old Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer. Unlike many who describe themselves thusly, he’s had a lot of success, and his gross earnings in 2013 are estimated at 46 million (dollars.)

    • MilaXX

      She is also known to (maybe) have dated Rob Kardasian for a hot minute who took it rather badly when she no longer wanted to be bothered with him and made a complete asshat of himself on twitter. All it did was make her more well known and him look like a love sick puppy who had been kicked to the curb.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    You’re not alone Uncle TLo. I don’t get it/her either. Although I understand the need for her…I mean Rihanna can’t be in two places at once so Rita will do in a pinch (pinches hurt) but is that fair…to her…to us…to history…to fashion?

    And the dress is both too big and too tight. Magic?

  • That is a terrible dress. Actually, that’s about three terrible dresses, held together with grommets.

  • can we have a moritorium on tattoos in the armpit area?

    • formerlyAnon

      I am a wimp, I know, but I have to think that’s a particularly painful place for a tattoo – and that’s all I can think of whenever I see one. I’m kind of stunned at the imagined fortitude it took.

    • kt mac

      It looks like she has a hair tattoo. A long hair tattoo.

  • unbornfawn

    Any dress that makes your boobs look saggy and squished needs to be banished immediately. The hair is a joke.

  • demidaemon

    I’m amazed that her boobs haven’t made a break for it. This dress is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.

  • Martha Anderson

    Rita Orba indeed

    uneven and the high fur collar makes them look sacky and droopy

    this dress is a huge no for anyone

  • 50shadesgirlportland.com

    Don’t you know she’s in Fifty Shades of Grey movie as Mia, CG’s sister.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Girl, that’s NOT your bodice.

  • suzq

    She’s the only person on earth who dared to wear this Cavalli off the runway. The model likely vomited on it upon taking it off. Gaga would laugh at this frock.

  • AthenaJ

    Hot mess, emphasis on the mess.

  • Clash D

    X-men’s Storm moonlighting as an extra from Chicago. With extra tassle.