Admission: Last night was my first time to see “It Girl” Rita Ora perform live at Bob & Harvey Weinstein/Robin Hood Sandy Relief Holiday Bash sponsored by Samsung at Smashbox Studios. And I can tell you that it won’t be my last! That girl has got some serious pipes! She actually gave Mariah Carey a run for her money when Rita belted out “All I Want for Christmas” to the adoring audience. Decked in a cream-colored, vintage-inspired lace dress, as well as woven knee-high boots, she also performed another crowd-pleasing tune called “Party and Bullshit.” Both were acoustic and amazing.
The whole room was transformed into a winter wonderland with lush Christmas trees, lots of lights and free-flowing Moet & Chandon bubbly. Celebs like Emile Hirsch, James Van Der Beek, Chris Tucker, Dallas star Josh Henderson, and Geoff Stults (with a mustache) mingled as Harvey Weinstein welcomed guests and held court with Lisa and Dustin Hoffman while DJ Zen Freeman manned the turn tables. Paul Oakenfold watched closely nearby, but sadly, never spun. Bummer!