23 June-2014, NATALIE MATTHEWS/Elle: These days, it’s rough out there for a female musician who wants to be associated with a shocking, edgy sense of style. You can’t just wear a pasty to an awards show and call it a day, à la Lil’ Kim in 1999, because the game has changed. Both Rihanna and Lady Gaga bared their nipples in public in the past month—sans pasties—and ‘naked dresses’ are all the rage. So what do you do?
If you’re Rita Ora, you go for something more creative, like the naked shorts she wore to an event in London over the weekend. At Saturday’s Capital FM Summertime Ball, she showed up wearing a fishnet crop top and fishnet shorts (“spants?” are those shorts/pants hybrids?) that definitely make up one of the more memorable outfits I’ve seen on the red carpet all year.
Really gives new meaning to “VPL,” doesn’t it?