21 posts tagged "Rita Ora"
Eyebrow transplants surged this year, tweezer sales plummeted, and brow pencils and powders picked up steam. But after all the fuss about bulked up brows, is the Cara Delevingne-fueled craze finally taking a backseat to bleach? Rita Ora posted an arch-less photo to Instagram today, and Katy Perry pulled a similar move last week. While it’s a common occurrence backstage (both Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs sent brow-less beauties down their Fall 2014 runways), we’re hoping this is one trend that doesn’t take off. One of the things that set Ora apart from the legions of platinum converts out there were her perfectly articulated arches. In an earlier interview with Style.com, she said, “I trim my brows a lot because I’m Albanian and I’m pretty hairy.” Unless you’re Andy Warhol, who famously stated, “I had a lot of dates, but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows,” when it comes to the hair above your eyes, the bolder, the better.
The plait that captivated many a designer (Adam Selman, Simone Rocha, and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen among them) for Fall 2014 shows no sign of stopping: Cornrows made an appearance at Kenzo’s Resort show yesterday, alongside oversize hoops on select girls (an accessory seen at Balmain a few months back). They’ve also been spotted recently on the likes of Queen Bey, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, and Kristen Stewart. The braid with serious street cred that stems back to the Stone Age even showed up in our latest feature. For those of us who are all thumbs, we suggest finding a dexterous friend or enlisting the help of a pro.
Some celebrate the beginning of summer around the grill…and others welcome the warmer months with a new ‘do. Two Brit beauties, model Malaika Firth and pop star Rita Ora, are beating the impending heat (and frizz) with cornrows. While the catwalker showed off her braiding skills on Instagram, Ora took to the stage at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, with platinum plaits and Technicolor ends. With Queen Bey already jumping on the bitty-braid bandwagon, we have a feeling we’ll see many a Bo Derek-esque moment on the beach.
For inspiration throughout the ages, check out our brief history of the iconic hairstyle.
Rita Ora’s thigh-high gown and lace-up heels may not have topped all of the best-dressed lists from last night’s gala, but the Brit’s beauty look was definitely a highlight. Hair pro Christopher Appleton slicked back her bob and employed one of our favorite showstopping tricks from the Spring 2014 runway: gilding her deep side part with gold leaf, a move previously made backstage at Dries Van Noten. The rest of the singer’s visage was kept relatively simple in order to let her glittery divide shine—save, of course, for her signature red lip.
Rita Ora knows how to make an entrance, debuting her new single “I Will Never Let You Down” from her forthcoming album on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week. She told me that Madonna is one of her icons, so it comes as no surprise that the pop star with peroxide strands wore white, reminiscent of the virginal Material Girl in the early eighties. That squeaky-clean image wouldn’t last long, however, as Paris-born street artist and videographer Mr. Brainwash added some color via buckets of paint. “I still have a bit of pink in my hair…We shot it the first time around and it was good, but I wanted to rub the paint on my chest and I forgot to do that onstage, so I ran to the shower, washed it off, did my hair and makeup, and then did it again,” Ora explained. And the Brit, much like her philosophy on fashion and beauty, isn’t afraid to make the occasional misstep in order to make a lasting impression: “When I kissed [Fallon], the paint turned into a shit color. It was so embarrassing!”
While the singer confessed she won’t change for anybody, it doesn’t mean she thinks only about herself: She wanted to set the record straight after being booed on the runway alongside Katy Perry at Moschino’s Fall 2014 show for arriving more than an hour late, saying it was a miscommunication between the house and their respective teams. “We were at the hotel waiting [for the signal], ‘OK, you can come now,’” she said. “And we were a bit pissed off about it because I knew it would look like [we were being divas], but we flew in to [Milan] for that, so why would we be late, you know? It honestly wasn’t like that.” And I have to say that I wholeheartedly believe her. When I interviewed the celeb, she kicked off her heels (saying they were killing her feet); answered every question uncensored (with one exception: “I’m not going to tell you all my tricks, but I do wax some places”); asked about the “budget” (offering up product picks from both the ultraluxe and affordable categories), and did it all without an entourage or publicist present—we even swapped nail art tips for getting the ombré manicure with her new line of lacquers from Rimmel London (“You know those makeup sponges that you get from CVS? You basically just dip it in the polish and smudge it on your nail”).
It seems that Ora is always willing to play nice—unless, of course, you get in the way of her dream, the ingredient-label wedding dress designed by Jeremy Scott and worn by model Lindsay Wixson to close his first collection for Moschino. “I said to [Jeremy], ‘Well, unless you decide to design another one, [it's mine],’ because I might have twenty weddings,” she laughed. “I’ll go Elizabeth Taylor on these bitches.”
To discover all of her best-kept beauty secrets, read this week’s Beauty Essentials feature