Hollywood’s leading ladies are picking up their favorite knitting needles and crochet hooks to spread some warmth to newborns in developing nations. Save the Children Artist Ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow, and actresses Rebecca Romijn, Debra Messing, Lisa Edelstein, Vera Farmiga, Mischa Barton and Patricia Arquette joined Save the Children and the Warm Up America Foundation’s Knit One, Save One campaign to help improve newborn survival globally.
Hollywood’s biggest stars made little caps in all colors and wrote personal messages to the mom and baby on a tag attached to the cap.
Mischa Barton, star of the “O.C.,” knitted a bright orange baby cap for the Knit One, Save One campaign.
The project has inspired some Hollywood artists like Mischa Barton to pick up knitting for the first time. “It’s great that you can help change a baby’s life in just an hour — or more like a few hours if you’re just beginning to knit like me,” said Mischa Barton. Barton’s simple square cap, bright orange with two multicolored tassels on top, is adorned with a cap tag that says: “Even though we are far apart, I hold you close to my heart.”
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Mischa is featured in the music video for the In My Name fight against poverty campaign. Check it out below. Thanks to Angela for the tip.
The Handbag.com and Cancer Research UK Handbag Amnesty Auction is now up and running! The bag Mischa donated is currently at £155.00 with just under five days left for bidding. All proceeds go to Cancer research so this a great way to get one of Mischa’s bags whilst supporting an important cause.
As a bonus, the winning bidder will also receieve a photo hand signed by Mischa!
A waiting list for Mischa’s upcoming hair accessories collection has been added to the Stacey Lapidus website. Click here to sign up. The website states that the collection is due in Spring but a preview of it will be available soon. Also, the logo for the collection has been revealed which comprises a mixture of the Stacey Lapidus logo infused with Mischa’s flower logo from her handbag collection. Looks like Mischa is on her way to building a mighty fine fashion label. I’m personally very excited to have Mischa step into the world of business and branding.
As an aside, rumours are circulating that Mischa is in neogitations to attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia with negotiations also underway for an undisclosed department store to carry her label downunder. Mischa’s Australian reps are the same guys who represent and market Hilary Duff in Aus so if a deal does go ahead, my bets are on retail giant Myer picking up Mischa’s line.
And finally, big thanks to LindsayLohan.eu for making us their site of the month!
A video of Mischa’s trip to Africa as an Ambassador for Save the Children has surfaced on Youtube. Thanks to Amira for the tip! Check it out below.
Global dignitaries, activists and celebrities including Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Annie Lennox, John Legend, Rahul Bose, Anqelique Kidjo, Scarlett Johannsson, Missy Higgins, Emmanuel Jal, Wyclef Jean and Mischa Barton are calling out to leaders to keep their Millennium Development Goal promises, through the international release of a new song by Black-Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am.
Under the umbrella of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty alliance, in my name will be released September 25, 2008, as the UN meets for an emergency poverty summit in New York. The release also marks the launch of a major global campaign action, also called in my name, challenging people all over the world to hold to account their leaders for their poverty promises.
‘In My Name’ is organized by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) with support from Save the Children, Oxfam International and Comic Relief.
Today she’s just come back from South Africa, where she visited a school in Soweto as part of her role as ambassador for Save the Children. She describes the trip as “life-changing” and her work for the charity as a “calling”.
“I went to see this little boy, Tembinkosi,” she tells me. “He was so sweet and shy. He was only eight . . . He has no toys. He sleeps on the floor in a room full of dirt and he only gets one meal a day. It was terrible. But if I can raise money, that will make a difference.”
So another photogenic star uses vulnerable children in Africa for a profile boost between film projects? “Well, if cynical journalists think that, I think that’s pretty jaded and sad,” Barton retorts. “If someone takes the time to actually go, I don’t think people sitting on their bums writing articles have the right to say anything, actually.”
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Supporter Mischa Barton watched from the front row, telling PEOPLE “I do lot of work with Save the Children, and today I was doing press with them and they told me this charity is affiliated with theirs. I learned up on it, and Naomi is doing a good thing with it. She has always been very friendly and caring to me. She’s really sweet.”