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Rita Ora Made a Case for Velvet on the Red Carpet in This Elie Saab Couture Gown


With awards season in full swing, expect to see designers from the Middle East take over red carpets, courtesy of your favorite stars. Take the past few days as a preview of what’s to come, when many renowned names looked to creations by regional talents for their attendances. Rita Ora was one of them, as she made a strong case for post-winter velvet in an Elie Saab dress at the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards.

Picked from the Lebanese designer’s Fall/Winter 2021 couture collection, the dress came in a deep shade of burgundy, elevating the richness of the fabric. Balancing it were a few sheer panels that ran through the dress, which also lent it a daring charm that may have been what drew the singer to the number. The dress also featured an asymmetric neckline, full-length sleeves, and a figure-hugging silhouette going into a floor-grazing trail. Allowing the piece to be the star of her ensemble, the former Vogue Arabia cover star paired it with minimalistic black pointed-toe heels, and went sans necklace to only wear a pair of dangling earrings.

Ora and Taika Waititi. Photo:

The evening also saw Ora swap her signature curly locks and top knot ‘do for flat-ironed hair. Her blonde mane was straightened and worn down to frame her face, which sported a bronzed makeup look completed with a matte, brownish nude lip.

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