Rita Ora Stuns in Dinosaur-Inspired Ensemble at British Fashion Awards 2023 Benefiting Breast Cancer Now
Rita Ora, the renowned singer celebrated for her jaw-dropping fashion choices and daring outfits, made a distinct and bold statement at the British Fashion Awards 2023. The star, aged 33, stepped onto the red carpet at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday, showcasing an eye-catching and unconventional look that left onlookers in awe.
Known for her fearless approach to fashion, Rita Ora took her style to new heights as she adorned herself in a unique ensemble featuring bizarre silver spikes cascading down her back, resembling the spine of a dinosaur. The intricacy of the accessory was captured by the cameras as Rita strategically angled herself to ensure her back was prominently on display.
The attention to detail in the design was striking, with the silver spikes seemingly growing out from Rita's skin, ranging from smaller gems to full-grown spikes, creating a captivating visual effect. The singer surprised fans as the front half of her outfit initially hinted at a simple black floor-length gown, radiating sophistication and elegance.
This bespoke dress was revealed to be part of Rita's collection in collaboration with the high-street giant Primark. The limited edition dress, priced at £50, is set to be available for purchase, with all proceeds dedicated to the charitable cause Breast Cancer Now. Rita shared her personal connection to the dress, expressing, 'This design means so much to me, not just because it has my name on it, but because all the proceeds from the dress will support Breast Cancer Now, a cause that supports people like my mum who have fought so bravely and survived through their own battles with breast cancer.'
The uniqueness of Rita's fashion choice was unveiled when she turned around on the red carpet, allowing fans and fashion enthusiasts to witness the captivating silver spikes in all their glory. The singer completed her look with strappy black heels, chunky silver bracelets, and an intricate low bun, revealing an array of tattoos in the backless dress.
Rita was not alone on the red carpet; she was accompanied by her husband, Taika Waititi, a 48-year-old filmmaker. Taika exuded sophistication in an all-black ensemble, featuring a long tailored winter coat worn over a black shirt, trousers, and shiny brogues. The couple, showcasing elegance and unity, posed hand in hand at the prestigious event.
The British Fashion Awards 2023, hosted by Maya Jama and Kojey Radical, witnessed the gathering of A-listers such as Kate Moss, Amal Clooney, and Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet. The ceremony, celebrating 16 awards, involved the nomination and recognition of winners through a rigorous process, with an international judging panel comprising over 1000 industry experts.
Beyond being a glamorous affair, the event served as a crucial fundraiser for the BFC Foundation, dedicated to supporting the growth and success of the British fashion industry. The foundation focuses on education, grant-giving, and business mentoring to nurture the next generation of talent.
In a notable return to gender-based design awards, the British Fashion Awards acknowledged leading industry figures, including Valentino Garavani, recognized with the Outstanding Achievement award. The ceremony also honored makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury with the Special Recognition Award, and paid tribute to the late Joe Casely-Hayford with a posthumous special recognition award.
Sam Smith, known for creating viral fashion moments, including the unforgettable latex-clad appearance at the 2023 Brit Awards, accepted the Cultural Innovator trophy. Caroline Rush, the chief executive officer at the British Fashion Council, commended Sam as 'a true cultural innovator who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of both fashion and entertainment.'
The awards ceremony unfolded in style, commencing with a captivating performance by global superstar Usher. The evening continued with METTE’s Pandora performance, a rendition by Cultural Innovator Award winner Sam Smith, and concluded with a DJ set by Skepta at the afterparty.
The British fashion industry took a moment to pay tribute to Dame Vivienne Westwood, recognizing her fearless approach to design and activism. The late Joe Casely-Hayford was also acknowledged for his incredible contributions to fashion and culture, receiving a posthumous Special Recognition Award.
Each award winner received a unique trophy, meticulously designed by a collaboration between a stylist, an art director, and the 2022 NEW WAVE: Creative, in partnership with a British glass production company. These trophies symbolize the intersection of creativity and craftsmanship, emblematic of the multifaceted world of fashion.