Rita Ora’s NYC street style is whack: is she trying to be the new Gaga?

Rita Ora

Rita Ora has been up in New York City for the past few weeks. She’s just been officially named as an ambassador for Roberto Cavalli. Rita greeted the announcement by posting some Instagram photos of herself making out with Roberto’s wife, Eva. I don’t know what’s going on there besides … scandal.

What I’d really like to talk about is Rita’s NYC street style. CB noted this about a week ago in the featured links, but Rita’s fashion sense has grown progressively worse as the days have passed. Alarmingly so. In the above photos, she’s wearing what looks like mint-colored toilet paper. Remember the amazing days of colored toilet paper in the 1970s? That brings back hazy memories of youth. My toddler self made my poor dad “dress” me up in pink toilet paper as I declared myself a princess. He’d wear a pink toilet-paper moustache as the princess’ frog. We are a weird family, yes. “Weird” is exactly how I feel about Rita’s mint-colored ensemble.

One reason why I’m making the Rita-Gaga connection is because Lady Gaga said mint would be ““huge” during her Marry the Night” crackie nightmare video from 2011. Rita is now wearing mint, which could be a happy accident or a coincidence. She’s already an established pop entity in the UK, but I feel like Rita’s trying to happen Stateside too. I can’t blame her. The US gym culture loves Rita’s tunes, and putting a name to a voice is useful for sales.

These outfits are all pretty bad. Rita’s using the same tactic that Gaga has used for years. Release a single and pose for the paps while dressed in weird “geometric” ensembles. This simple equation was gold until it failed for Gaga with her ARTPOP album. Nobody notices Gaga’s weird outfits anymore, so I’m wondering why Rita’s pulling the same game. These are not simple, casual outfits. She wants attention. Rita also told Us Weekly that Nick Jonas had a crush on her years ago. She’a a bit late for such bombshell news. Rita has a great voice. She needs to rely on that instead of attention-grabbing antics.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

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  1. Jade says:

    Zzzzzz she’s so boring. I can’t muster any feelings for her or her music.

    • AG-UK says:

      Exactly. She is in the US more than she is in the UK she is trying sooooooooooooooo hard to crack that but I don’t think she will. Better be happy with her DJ bf and doing ok in the UK but she has only had 1 album and that wasn’t that great..

      • QQ says:

        Noisey music had a pretty great article about her Complete Utter UnHappening in the US, These whackadoodle ass fashion try much. Is a big part of why

      • Jules says:

        I thought her album was pretty good for a debut. The first half of the album was better though. I think she’ll get even better with time, I’ll give her a chance. She has a great voice and can actually sing live, can’t really say the same for most pop stars. I wish she would release an acoustic album though, her acoustic performances are where she really shines.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree. Yawn.

    • Memme says:

      I can honestly say I have never heard a Rita Ora song. At least knowing it was her. I cut out the radio years ago. Got tired of them always playing the same five popular songs on repeat. No matter the station. I didn’t even know who Lorde was until I saw her perform at the Grammys.

  2. Erinn says:

    She looks drugged out of her mind. I’ve never been a fan of hers, so I don’t know how talented she is, but this seems like she’s trying really hard for more attention.

  3. minime says:

    I don’t dislike her but girl needs to rethink her fashion choices. In the first pic it just looks like she is making a huge effort to not loose the top part, or simply parading a straitjacket. Is that Calvin Harris? Don’t know much about him, but he is hot!!!

    • homegrrrl says:

      It completely stubby itchy bothers me when this type of celeb shot is entitled “street-style” and the chicks are in giant pokey heels and full force make up. Let’s call it “called the paps” photo op. If it’s really how these ladies dress when putting out the trash or whatever, it reminds me of that crazy aunty (everyone knows one) … who is the imaginary “star of the show” and changes outfits multiple times a day complete with matchy make-up. For me it’s sad and disturbing.

  4. Mimz says:

    Even with the crazy outfits I like her. and I love her voice. And she’s mostly her original self and not plastic cray cray Gaga level yet so let’s see how this unfolds.

    But I think she’s gorgeous even in hideous clothes.

    • Jules says:

      I agree. I lover her and her voice. She doesn’t annoy me as much as Gaga did when she wore crazy clothes bc Rita is always smiling & she looks like she’s having fun. Gaga always looked like she took herself so seriously & that was a turn off for me.

  5. Flora Kitty says:

    She banged Rob Kardashian, Gaga has never done that for attention.

  6. Adrien says:

    She’s trying to be the next Rihanna.

  7. Loopy says:

    If you google her from a few years ago she had this very chic look, she was more like a Beyonce clone, but when she came out they pushed the Rihanna/Gwen Stefani edge on her.

  8. Dani2 says:

    Budget Rihanna.

    • Kimberly says:

      I really don’t understand why people say Rita is a poor man’s Rihanna. I love Rihanna and she’s a beautiful woman, but it’s not like she’s some amazing talent to emulate. When she first came out, people called her budget Beyonce. It wasn’t until her 3rd album that she developed her style and came into her own. I don’t think we need to always compare female singers. Beyonce is Beyonce, Rihanna is Rihanna, and Rita is Rita.

      • Nick says:

        @Kimberly great answer. Not to mention I don’t understand how someone can be a budget/poor man’s version when one has more talent.

      • Dani2 says:

        You make some valid points but that’s the vibe I’ve always gotten from her, and when I call her that, I’m referring to a lack of star power, she’s got a great voice but she’s losing momentum as a star and she hasn’t tried to make her talent the focus of her career/public persona. So I’m gonna keep calling her budget Rihanna cuz that’s the only thing that’s memorable about her imo 😉

      • Tyler says:

        @Nick- I know! It’s like saying the Cheescake Factory is budget McDonalds!

  9. MonicaQ says:

    Off to spotify to see who dis woman, Harpo.

  10. Lex says:

    I have NO idea why but I always thought Rita was of mixed African descent (just very fair skinned)… but she is of Yugoslavian descent… mind warped!! There was no doubt in my mind… (not that I thought about it really…)

    • paola says:

      Not Yugoslavia, she is from Kosovo. Kosovo used to be Albanian but not long ago they earned their freedom.

      • Lex says:

        Oh eh whatever – I just half-looked at her wiki page:
        Born 26 November 1990 (age 23)
        Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Kosovo)

    • Eva says:

      I always thought the same! I still think she wears foundation to light for her skin. And he makup always makes me think of that episode of the Simpsons where homer invents a makeup gun!
      I really can’t stand Rita Ora and always think of stop trying to make fetch happen when I see her!

  11. paola says:

    She has one of the worst fashion sense out there along with Vanessa Hudgens and Lily Allen.
    She has such a nice figure though.. I find it baffling that she CHOOSES to wear that crap day after day.
    Her roots are from Kosovo and albanian girls (and kosovan girls) love to wear flashy and colorful clothes and sparkly jewelry so I guess that’s part of her culture.. but still she often dresses like she picked her clothes from a pitch black wardrobe.

    • Egla says:

      That’s true about Albanian women in general. They like to look super sexy and put together with lot of shinny things even in the middle of the day but certainly not at this level . As for her actually she’s been raised in UK for almost all her life. Have you seen how they dress and put their make up on. Also don’t forget that she is dressed to impress. I would bet money she has a personal dresser payed by her Recording Company to project an image. Let’s not pretend they are put there on their on to do whatever they want. It’s an industry, they have to shock and to deliver or else……

  12. poppy says:

    the minty outfit looks very bennetton mid 80s.
    they killed too many esther williams swim caps for the 2nd coat “dress”.
    bea arthur called and wants her the light blue sweater coat vest back.
    not good, any of it.

  13. snowflake says:

    she used to date rob kardashian, i didn’t understand why he got so much hate for calling her out for cheating on him.

    • Kimberly says:

      He admitted that he lied about how many guys she cheated on him with. His excuse was something along the lines of “I wanted to mess things up so we never get back together”. What he did was tacky and immature.

  14. Karen says:

    That too blonde hair colour just doesn’t work for her. They really need to stop trying to make fetch happen.

  15. melodycalder says:

    I think people will notice when the 50 shades movie comes out…. Provided anyone actually sees the movie. I’m guessing once it hits streaming and DVD she will get a surge in music sales.

  16. Jayna says:

    I don’t equate her being eccentric in fashion like Gaga at all. Gaga looks like an alien most of the time in her garb and looks.

  17. Nicolette says:

    That mint green thing looks like a straight jacket of sorts.

    Colored toilet paper, that’s right I forgot about that, LOL.

  18. Alexa says:

    I like the outfits a lot – except the red sweater coat w/black sleeves.

  19. Lauren says:

    Slightly OT:

    I sort of stalk her and Calvin’s instagrams and whenever they do post the slightest thing alluding to their relationship it is so cute (yeah it is sad and I need a life lol) . I remember how they had a big fight on twitter over a song before they ever really met each other/ they hated each other and then it all went away when some reporter told him that Rita thought he was hot (and he is!!) and now they are together. I never really saw it coming but I hope they last because some of the Calvin Harris crazy fans do nothing but bash her for every little thing and comment on all their photos how he should be with Ellie Gouldling.

    • Ash says:

      Lol. Some “fans” are so weird. If they really liked Calvin, they should just let him be with whoever he wants to be with. Rita obviously makes him happy. I bet those same people would start to hate Ellie Goulding if he actually went out with her.