Savoir Flair correspondent Amine Jreissati sits down with the talented Rita Ora ahead of her performance at the Chanel Little Black Jacket launch party.
“Put your phones down! I’m here all night!” These are the words Rita Ora shouted out as she lit up the stage in front of hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the launch of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket Exhibition in Dubai. She is an incredible singer, a talented woman, a trendsetter, an icon, and, most importantly, an intelligent woman. We talk to Rita Ora about her style, her passions, and her love for the UAE.
Is this your first time in the UAE?
Of course not! I am always here, but you guys don’t know it. I come and hide. I love it here; it’s very hot, it’s beautiful, it’s got great people, and everybody is very respectful. I also love how much effort people put into their looks and their hair. It’s just a great country.
What’s more important for you, fashion or music?
They come together; they are very similar. They are literally like brother and sister. I always say that music is my husband, and fashion is my mistress. To me, fashion is something that I don’t have to worry about, that I don’t have to explain or think about. I love putting clothes together and just walking out, and, if I look messy or people don’t like it, I really don’t care. However, if people try to comment on my music, I get very aggressive. Without my music I wouldn’t be here…
Do you think that your picture in The Little Black Jacket represents you accurately?
One hundred percent yes! I told Karl how much I love music and how much I love David Bowie, and he said, “Well, let’s put David Bowie on your face.” And that’s what we did.
The great thing about this book is that it’s full of life. Every picture in it is different; every pose is different. Every photo really represents the person photographed. It is so much about being yourself. It’s a great book to be a part of.
How do you decide what to wear?
I’ve been working closely with my best friend, and I am kind of opinionated when it comes to clothes. [Laughs] Thank God he’s here. He knows me better than anybody. Sometimes I don’t even have to be there when he chooses my outfit.
Does it bother you that people are more interested in what you’re wearing than in your music?
I don’t look at it like that. It’s flattering that people care about what I wear but they wouldn’t know me if it wasn’t for my music. And I don’t think that they would want to know what I am wearing if they didn’t know my music.
What do you think is the future of the music industry?
Music is such a great expression of life. It’s got so many characteristics. Actually, what’s good about music is that you never know where it’s going to go!
interviewed by AMINE JREISSATI|photos by ANITA LEUNG