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Cosmo UK: Mischa’s Back!

To celebrate the seventh collection of Mischa Barton Handbags we caught up with the fancy dresser to talk the art of accessories, her plans for a clothing collection and what really happened with Rachel Zoe…

She’s still only 25 but Mischa Barton has lived a lot since we met her as Marissa Cooper in The O.C. There’s been highs and lows but her this season it’s safe to say she’s on the up and so is her handbag line, which is now in its seventh season no less.

With experimental fashion flare, it’s her individual approach to dressing that keeps us hooked on her look so we grilled the girl on how she sees her style and where she’s taking it to next.

What’s your style at the moment?

Recently it’s changed. People have seen me grow up in the public eye and so my style has grown up too. I went through a heavy bohemian phase but I cleared my whole wardrobe about eight months ago, and got rid of everything that was even kind of hippyish or even slightly floaty and paisley. It’s all in storage; I would never get rid of my clothes, a) It may come back, I may want to wear it again and b) I might want to give it to my kids, or friends. Now I’ve gone back to my New York-ey roots and these days I’m wearing streamlined things in mostly black, white and beige with accessories, and gold accents.

Do you work with a stylist?

No. It was well known for a long time that I worked with Rachel Zoe, but I never really ‘employed’ Rachel. It was more that she was a friend at the time – years ago. That’s the only stylist I ever sort-of worked with, she helped me pull clothes for red carpet events but she never dressed me; I was never dressed by anyone on a daily basis. I’ve always bought my own clothes and done my own thing when it comes to fashion, I do all my own wardrobe and I enjoy it! My thing with fashion is I genuinely love it, I love clothing and I love the way it makes you feel and I love design.

Do you follow any rules?

I’m tall so I don’t wear a lot of heels and I have huge respect for tailoring and getting your clothes altered so they fit right.

 

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Mischa Barton: ‘In Five Years I Want Kids & I Wanna Be Settled In The Country’!

We chatted with the star about her big return and her appearance on reality television, her future, and her handbag line.

After taking some time off, Mischa Barton is back on the scene — and she looks fantastic. The star was on hand, filming scenes for June Ambrose‘s reality show, at the A. Turen boutique for a preview of her latest handbag collection where we got to chat with her about her return to television.

“Everyone keeps throwing that word around and I’m okay with it cause I have definitely taken a break,” she said when we asked her if she considered this reality show to be her big comeback. “I’m definitely older, I’ve taken a break, I’ve been working in film and I’ve been really trying to lay low — although the occasional bullshit paparazzi stuff still seems to leak and I can never seem to fully get away with it. That’s okay, you know as long as people are really starting to concentrate on the right things again, which is the incredible amount of work that I do. Things are good. I’m really happy and it has been great working with June [Ambrose] on this. She has also been shooting the other half of the episode with Catherine Malandrino. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to see what I have been doing.”

While Mischa definitely wants to settle down eventually, she is definitely embracing her comeback. “Within five years I want kids and I wanna be settled in the country. I don’t wanna be bothered. I want to be really quite private and happy, so now is the time. I’m working hard and I love my work and I do think that I’m not a forever public person, so I think while I’m young and loving it and working hard to enjoy it. In five years from now I can see myself doing theater in London and living in the country. I almost feel ready for it now — but not really!”

Aside from her appearance on the reality show, Mischa also has three upcoming roles — including a staring role in a Lifetime movie. “I don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into with reality but it has been fun. I am a pretty private person but I think it’s good for people to see me and what I’m like cause there is so much suspicion out there. I think when you’re private and a little guarded it’s kind of shocking. I never read the stuff but I realize people think things and they believe the things they read, so it is good for people to see me on TV just being me. It has been good hanging out with June — she’s pretty wild but it’s fun!”

Source: Hollywood Life

June Ambrose’s Juniverse

Mischa Barton has cleaned up nicely, thanks to stylist June Ambrose. The actress, who looked chic in a white dress, showed up arm-in-arm with Ambrose at the Style360 after-party for clothing line Sachika at Avenue on Tuesday night. A camera crew followed both for Ambrose’s new VH1 reality show, “June Ambrose’s Juniverse.” When discussing locations to shoot, Barton was overheard saying that she “loves vintage stores, book shops and the Lower East Side.”
Source: New York Post

False Positive on Expecting?

As most of you know, Mischa was recently added to the cast list of the star-studded ensemble movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting on IMDb. Within the last 24 hours, Mischa’s name was removed from the list. So I guess this means Mischa won’t be part of the movie. If you’re a wishful thinker, the film is currently still in production with some lead actors not due on set until later in the month, so, it would technically still be possible for Mischa to be part of the movie. What a tease IMDb has become!

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

According to IMDb, Mischa has joined the cast of a star-studded movie called What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s listed as a comedy/drama/romance and if Mischa really is in this, it will be her first big studio movie in ages. IMDb doesn’t list any specific information on the character she’ll play therefore I don’t know if Mischa will be part of the main cast or more of a supporting actress. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The movie is apparently currently in production so we should know either way pretty soon.

Some of the other actors linked to this project include Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Manganiello and Chace Crawford. I’m unsure if this is a final cast list as actors have been added and removed from the list depending on scheduling availability.

One line synopsis:

A look at the lives of four couples as they prepare to become parents.

The movie is currently slated for a May 2012 release.

Mischa considers launching a fashion line

MISCHA BARTON is in talks to launch a full fashion line, expanding on her current handbag label. The OC actress flew to Beijing last week to meet with manufacturers about the possibility of expanding her design repertoire.

“It’s something I really want to do,” she told us. “It’ll be Forties-meets-Seventies with the occasionally bit of Twenties – that sounds a bit random, but I’ll take elements of different decades. It’ll be a bit like Biba, but with a real simplicity of cut and lots of bright colours. The fabrics will be great quality, and there will be lots of separates, like slacks and shirts. I want people to be able to mix and match.”

Although based in the States, British-born Barton’s fashion heart still belongs to London.

“It’s my favourite city for style and shopping,” she said. “I love Vivienne Westwood obviously, but I’m also a massive fan of Giles. He always puts on a great show, and his clothes are bit futuristic – but interesting and different too. You feel confident in them, but brave.”

Vogue.co.uk

Mischa heading to Shanghai Film Festival

‘Water for Elephants’ to open Shanghai Film Festival

Director Francis Lawrence’s latest romantic drama “Water for Elephants” starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson will open the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The opening ceremony is bound to be a spectacular with over 300 celebrities from home and abroad walking the red carpet.

Among them are media mogul Keith Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng; Hollywood star Susan Sarandon, Matt Dillon, and Mischa Barton; director John Woo and Feng Xiaogang; and of course Barry Levinson. Levinson is the president for the seven-member jury for the Golden Goblet Awards.

The ceremony will be held at the Shanghai Grand Theater at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 11.

China.org.cn

V-Blog Interviews Mischa

Very.co.uk also attended the party and grabbed Mischa to ask about fashion, her comeback and what she plans to do next.

QS: You’re looking amazing right now, what’s your secret?
MISCHA: “I feel happy when it’s sunny so I dress to reflect that. It’s simple. Everyone needs some items in their wardrobe that make them feel cheerful.

For me, that’s bright colours and maxi skirts and maxi dresses, but I know some of my friends love skinny jeans because they make their legs look amazing.

My secret is shopping around until I find something that I know looks good and then trusting my instincts and buying it. Easy!”

QS: Do you have any advice about how to accessorise an outfit?
MISCHA: “My top tip is to have a Mischa Barton handbag.

“No seriously, I’d say less is more with jewellery. It’s better to have one stunning necklace or a few bangles than both with earrings. It just means people notice what you have. Otherwise people can hear you when you arrive if you have too much jewellery on and that’s not cool.”

QS: Tell us more about your handbags, what has been your inspiration?
MISCHA: “I always loved handbags but I found it difficult to find ones with lots of pockets. I was constantly losing things because I was shoving them into my handbag and it became a black hole. So even my clutch bags have pockets, which makes them so practical.”

QS: What are your favourite bags from the collection?
MISCHA: “At night-time, I’ll take out a clutch. For day, I love big bags – with pockets – the Mischa Barton black tote bag is regularly used as it goes with everything.”

QS: What can we expect to see in your handbag range next season?
MISCHA: “I’m heading to China in a few weeks to oversee the next collection. I’m very hands on with the designs and quality control.

“I’m hoping to bring out some designer-looking handbags, some with bow details and charms and some big and simple. But the key thing is they’ll look expensive but they’ll all be under £100.”

Interesting note about the trip to China! :D

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