Rita Ora personifies the modern woman. She is what I call an everythinger: an actress, a designer, a model, a pop star and a spokesperson. Her latest collection for Adidas celebrates pop art in a fresh way--she's essentially paying homage to Roy Lichtenstein, who once said, "I'm interested in what would normally be considered the worst aspects of commercial art. I think it's that tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way."
Just like art, fashion design involves a creative process but must take other important factors into consideration, such as aesthetic and functionality. Louis Sullivan's phrase, "form follows function," takes center stage when it comes to design. We essentially speak through our clothing, as Umberto Eco once suggested, so you must ask yourself, "What message do you want to send to the world?"
When I went into the Adidas store in SOHO a few days ago to check out Rita Ora's new collection, I immediately fell in love with the Lotus and O-Ray prints. The color palette is striking, using mostly bold primary colors. There were a few standout pieces that you should definitely purchase, namely, The O-Ray Bodysuit ($55), The O-Ray Supergirl Track Jacket ($85), and The O-Ray Sweater ($70). These three pieces are truly gorgeous but the track jacket is definitely the star of the show, as the fabric is extremely lightweight and silky and the back is sheer. I also got one of the Lotus tanks but returned it because it had no stretch. I also got The O-Ray Leggings, which I tried on once I got home and brought back immediately. The quality was sub par: cheap fabric, no support and a flimsy waistband, reinforcing the fact that you truly get what you pay for.
The comic strip type print is not my cup of tea, but I can certainly acknowledge the fact that there is a customer for this interesting assortment. I am, however, on a wild goose chase for the comic-inspired jumpsuit. I wanted the floral one from her last collection but I could not find my size. This jumpsuit is quirky and sexy; I would rock it with a black leather jacket and either a sexy pair of stilettos or my Barbar Bui high tops and my black Chanel pearl necklace.
"Every day is a fashion show" as Coco Chanel once said, "and the world is a runway," so do yourselves a favor by not showing up at the gym in the horrible race shirt you got for free at an expo. You're so much better than that, aren't you?