She’s been a permanent fixture on the most coveted FROW’s around the globe for as long as we can remember so it comes as no surprise that 26-year-old Mischa has made the move from style spectator to fashion designer with ease.
Following on from her hugely successful handbag line, the actress has now expanded her design endeavours to include clothing and accessories and last year, opened her first boutique Mischa Barton in uber hip Spitalfields in London’s east end. Here we talk to Mischa about her brand, why she’s decided to embark on a career in fashion and why it’s important to always be in control…
You’ve lived in London, LA, New York (and more recently Dublin!). What city has played the biggest part in the evolution of your own personal style? Can you pinpoint it to one city, or do you think they’ve all had a part to play?
I did most of my growing up in New York, so that’s definitely where the bohemian, indie style quirky look is from. Work also plays a big part in my style; I can go from skinny jeans, no make-up, and a hoodie, when I’m in rehearsals, to the full 5 star red-carpet glam when I need to.
What made you decide to open up a boutique in London and why Spitalfields? Is the less commercial east end a better fit for your brand?
Spitalfields is cool and very up-and-coming! It’s one of the oldest areas in London and it’s got a really great history; really interesting and very beautiful.
Your style is quite eclectic, who or what inspires you?
I love fashion, I always have, I look at the new collections, but I don’t always follow trends. I just tend to wear what I like. I’d like to think I have developed my own sense of style, and as I’ve got older, it has become more defined and consistent.
Mum was a major style inspiration growing up; she always looked amazing, and did London 60s and 70s cool better than anyone. We collaborate on the MB fashion range, and a section of our first complete collection for MB Boutique is influenced by the original Biba style cool!
Do you design for yourself or do you have a Mischa girl in mind when you are designing your bags and clothing line?
The collection is definitely an extension of my personality, and what I like. I am very much involved in the design process, and whether I’m on a movie set or a photo-shoot, I seem to absorb inspiration. Travel inspires me, and I love collecting vintage pieces, but it could be movies, TV, or a book I’m reading that brings a certain style to mind.
Working with mum brings a wide appeal to the collection; we have casual chic to more stylish structured creations, and ultimately every piece is quality and highly functional. The people I design for love unique styling, but they also want their clothes to last, and to feel great.
How closely do you follow catwalk trends? Would you ever design something you didn’t personally like but knew would work commercially?
No, I’m not that influenced by trends, and those I design for are probably looking for something a bit different too. But, we are very commercial, and the amazing people who work on my collections and bring them to life are really good at pulling trends, and making sure my designs translate to fashion with market appeal.
Lots of actresses/models/former Spice Girls have turned their hand to designing their own line. How involved are you in the process? Would you be happy to appoint a team to look after your designs or are you very hands-on?
I am that person, sitting in a small office just off Oxford Street, talking to our design team about exactly what shape the handbags will be, and the look and feel we want. On the clothes, I do the mood board stuff, the colours, the fabrics, and the whole visual impact we want to create.
It’s my name and my brand. I’m not an ace designer yet, on the clothing front. This is our first season ever, and my first very own boutique, so it’s a big step up! We’ve always looked into having a clothing line, and I said no, because I didn’t want to licence to someone else, and I didn’t want their design team coming in and putting it in K-mart – not that there’s anything wrong with k-mart, it’s just not what I’m shooting for.
Having a London boutique, and having full control is really cool. As we expand the collection and the stores, I will probably be less hands-on, but what we design will always have my stamp on it.
How far do you want the Mischa Barton brand to go? Do you see the brand expanding in the next couple of years and would you ever give up acting to focus on designing full-time?
I am an actress, and always will be. I love designing though, and I want to expand my brand and boutiques. There has been a lot of interest in the Middle East and China, so who knows? I’ve got a good team, and I feel pretty comfortable in my ability to do my acting and a little bit of design. The business side of it is not my strength; – I’m the creative, but luckily I have a lot of good business people on my side too.
What’s your failsafe fashion must-have that you always rely on to transform an outfit – is it a structured tuxedo blazer/a really great pair of shoes/ornate costume jewellery?
All of the above; I collect beautiful things, and even though I’m drawn to slinky black and gold for evening wear at the moment, I’ll always accessorise with a touch of colour, and a cool clutch. I love accessories, which is why I got into handbag design in the first place, and earlier this year I launched my own line of mobile phone covers with Uunique London; glittery and cute, so you can totally change them to match your outfit.
What’s the best style advice you’ve ever been given?
Mum and I agree on the best style advice, (probably why we work so well together), which is to make clothes an extension of your personality, and go with what makes you feel good. Fit the trends to you, not the other way round. Find out what’s popular this season, and figure out how it will work for you, – or leave it if it’s just not your thing!
Mischa’s 3D horror movie Apartment 1303 3D had its world premiere in Russia last week and actually seems to have done pretty well at the box office.
The movie opened in 9th position which would seem pretty low, but it was shown on fewer screens than many other releases. Its total of $685,189 was for the weekend of December 6th-9th inclusive showing on 402 screens with a per screen average of $1,704. Beauty & the Beast 3D opened just above Apartment 1303 3D with $698,984 but that was shown on 502 screens bringing its per screen average down to $1,344. I guess it’s a bit unusual to compare a live action movie to an animated re-release, so let’s move up the list to #6 where Lawless (starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain) opened to $791,898 on 650 screens making its average $1,218. Among other English-language releases, Here Comes the Boom (starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek) opened in fifth with a total of $1,198,034 across 460 screens ($2,604 average per screen) and Playing for Keeps opened in 2nd with $2,022,740 across 554 screens ($3,651 per screen). Although, Here Comes the Boom and Playing for Keeps opened much higher, these titles are backed by large studios and have had international press consisting of premieres and worldwide publicity. Considering Apartment 1303 3D is more or less an indie, I think we can call this opening a success thanks to a respectable per screen average – especially when you consider that it quite comfortably out-paced Lawless per screen.
Making Apartment 1303 3D’s opening even better is if we go back to February 2011 when You and I also opened in Russia. That movie came in 7th but had a weekend total of $411,263 or just $827 per screen. You and I had the added benefit of being filmed in Russia, featuring a Russian band and was backed by a promotional visit including press and a premiere just before it was released. Apartment 1303 3D achieved over double the per screen average with just a trailer and TV spots as the main source (possibly only source?) of promotion.
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Box Office numbers courtesy Box Office Mojo.
Karl Lagerfeld deemed her a ‘fashion role model for an entire generation’ when presenting her with an “Icon of the Year” award in 2008. And her hugely successful handbag line and fashion store in London’s Spitalfields are testament to her fashion credentials.
So HELLO! Online was delighted to have the opportunity to chat to style icon Mischa Barton and get some sartorial tips from the lady herself. And sitting down for a cup of tea with the star in one of London’s most lavish hotels, the first thing that struck me was her beautiful doll-like features that had the entire room transfixed.
Not to mention her lovely, totally down-to-earth manner that instantly put me at ease as we got chatting about fashion tips for HELLO! Online readers. “Wear things the way that you feel the most comfortable,” is, according to the 26-year-old, key advice for the fashionistas amongst you.
“Make clothes an extension of your own personality – that’s definitely how I see fashion,” she said, adding: “Fit the trends to you, not the other way round. Find out what’s popular this season and figure out how it can work for you.”
The actress, who shot to fame in her role as Marissa on hit TV show The OC, was talking at the launch of her line of mobile phone accessories with Uunique London, revealing her brand new designs to fit the iPhone 5.
Wearing a gorgeous cream embellished maxidress, Mischa looked gorgeous as she talked us through the collection, which, emblazoned with her logo and featuring lots of pretty patterns, is cute, quirky and has the star written all over it. Speaking about her collaboration, the star said: “I love accessories and the thing about phone covers is that you can totally change them to match your outfit.”
So is design where she can see her career heading? “No, as I’m still heavily involved in acting,” she replied. “I have just wrapped on a film with Jason Statham and I’m going to start shooting another film in January.
“For me, it’s about doing a mixture of the things I love. Design is something I find quite easy and I enjoy as something as an extension of my personality – I’ve always had a visual eye and I’m very picky about the way things look.”
With filming, splitting her time between London and LA and opening her new store, Mischa has had “the busiest year”.
So we’re keen to find out how the super slim star manages to stay in such great shape. “I run a lot,” she admits. “And I often do weight training, but running really is my favourite thing.
“I try to run every day. If I’m working I have to skip, but I love it. I can get a bit obsessed!”
And she has a healthy attitude towards food and dieting, revealing that: “I do like indulging in some things, but I really like healthy food.
“If I am in a place where I can get healthy food, I much prefer it. I tend to go for vegetarian and vegan foods.”
Finally, we want to know whether living in both countries is tiring.
“It is exhausting, yes, and I rely a lot on Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream as my skin gets so dehydrated with all the flying, but I love being able to live in both places.
“My sister is here in London, I have other family here and I love the culture. But on the other hand, I get the weather of LA and that is where the work is.
“I totally get the best of both worlds!”
Interesting point re: working with Jason Statham. So far no solid information has come out on this project.
Mobile phone accessories brand Uunique London has announced a collaboration with actress Mischa Barton. Inspired by her previous clothing and make-up collections, Mischa has designed the cases to bring a more ‘edgy look’ to iPhone 5s. The brand’s press day takes place on November 21 whereby the designs will be showcased, with a fashion event and catwalk show presenting the new collection taking place the following evening.
SourceL Fashion Monitor
Actress turned fashion designer Mischa Barton has slipped quietly into the country this week, experiencing a quintessentially Australian escape with a stay at the luxurious, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.
Barton took time out to relax at the secluded conservation-based resort before jetting south to enjoy the highlight of the Australian sporting and social calendar, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, in the prestigious Emirates marquee as the airline’s special guest.
Treated to world-class accommodation including the exquisite two-bedroom Wollemi Suite, amidst a richly landscaped garden with surrounding verandah and private swimming pool, Barton was enamoured by the property.
“Wolgan Valley is absolutely stunning and a thoroughly relaxing experience. From the private villas to its commitment to caring for its wildlife and environment, the resort is spectacular in so many ways. I was especially thrilled to see so many kangaroos roaming freely on the land,” said Ms Barton.
Exploring the 4,000 acre property and its stunning views, sampling fine local and regional produce and enjoying an indulgent spa treatment at the Timeless Spa were just some of the items on their itinerary.
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World Heritage Area. The property is steeped in history – from ancient Aboriginal times to the presence of an 1832 Heritage Homestead restored to its original glory and a connection to Charles Darwin – who visited the Wolgan Valley in 1836.
As the first carbon-neutral hotel in the world, the pioneering resort actively protects its surrounding habitat and indigenous wildlife species while delivering the first-class standards and quality expected from luxury resorts.
Barton catapulted to fame by playing Marissa Cooper in the US TV hit The OC. Barton – who has delivered eight successful seasons of her handbag line and just launched her flagship clothing boutique in London’s fashionable east end – is currently combining highly successful careers in both fashion and entertainment. Most recently, Ms Barton returned to the stage in an Irish production of Steel Magnolias with Australian actress Anne Charleston.
Source: E Travel Blackboard
The actress remembers her first visit to Australia.
“I’ve been going to the races since I was a kid with my dad,” said Mischa Barton at her first Melbourne Cup at the Emirates marquee. “I had a bet on the fourth race and lost. For Melbourne Cup, I bet on Calvary Man and Galileo’s Choice. Being Irish, I’ve got to support the Irish horses.”
Designer Kym Ellery designed Barton’s outfit for the occasion, which she paired with Louis Vuitton clutch and shoes, gold Karen Walker sunglasses, Cartier jewellery and a Philip Treacy hat.
As well as Ellery, her other favourite Australian designers include Easton Pearson, Lover, Sass & Bide, Manning Cartell and Ksubi.
First coming to Australia at the age of 16 to film a movie on the Gold Coast, Barton has fond memories of her time here. “I travelled and Port Douglas and throughout Queensland and I loved it,” she says. “I would love to travel when I’m not doing press.”
She’s due to return to London shortly to finish performing in the play Steel Magnolias, before she starts shooting for three upcoming films.
Source: Vogue Australia
HOLLYWOOD stars Mischa Barton and Rose Byrne were among the VIPs who made a bigger splash on Melbourne Cup day than the rain.
Barton was the “headline” act among the Hollywood identities who shimmied in the Birdcage area on Tuesday, while Byrne was the biggest home-grown star on the scene.
The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills cast member Taylor Armstrong and sassy Revenge siren Ashley Madekwe also partied with local celebrities in the VIP compound at Flemington.
Barton was the first to make her mark by arriving early, catching photographers off-guard and wowing the guests in the Emirates marquee.
She took time to walk through the marquee, stopping to have chats with several Seven Network hosts, including gushing entertainment reporter James Tobin.
The star of The OC was taken with the laid-back nature of the event, which she said was in stark contrast to her visits to the races in England.
“It’s more laid back than I thought it would be and it’s easier here,” Barton told reporters.
“England is quite a big production and I really like it here … it’s nice.
“This experience has been generally pretty laid back … everyone wants to have fun and have a nice day.”
Barton was a guest of the Victoria Racing Club and its major sponsor Emirates.
Source: The Australian