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.
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.