Beanies + bling, oodles of leopard print and that platinum blonde bouffant, Rita Ora’s style cues are easy to trace. The singer has long confessed that she takes styl-spiration from '90s pop queen Gwen Stefani, revealing that the No Doubt front woman inspired her to become a red lipstick lover. 'When I saw it on her, I thought she was the prettiest person in the world,' she says. Bless!
Now that Rita's a style star herself, you'd think she wouldn't need any style steerage - but oh no! The popstrel took to Instagram last night to prove she's still channelling her idol Gwen in homage to Japan. With her hair pulled into tight twisted buns on either side of her head and her lipstick redder than ever, Rita told her fans, ':) just for #japan thanks gwen #orginalstarter' before suggesting that she's ambushed 'gwenswag'.
Of course, Gwen first championed the Harajuku look when she launched her solo career back in 2009, most memorably rocking out with a gang of Japanese cheerleaders in the video for Hollaback Girl. Gone was the boho gear and bindis that we saw for her Don't Speak days and in their place were kimono-inspired rompers, neon prints and cherry blossoms in her hair. So now that she's taking Japan by storm, who better for Rita to channel than Harajuku Gwen?
So what do you make of Rita as Gwen's young pretender? One thing's for sure: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and there's a lot of it going on in the gallery below...