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Mischa Barton Dishes On Her New London Store and The Power Of The OC

At Grazia HQ, we’re big fans of Mischa Barton (and her range of bags) so imagine our delight when we heard she was opening her first ever store dedicated to clothes, bags AND make-up! Last night, we joined the former OC star and a fashionable east London crowd to cut the ribbon at her first flagship store in the achingly cool Shoreditch.

Inside the chic, Biba-esque store, leggie lovelies and one James Middleton (uh-huh) sipped on Johnnie Walker cocktails and ate salmon canapés as Mischa showed us around. While guests downstairs were treated to an acoustic performance by indie band Coonan Mockasin, we managed to catch up with the actress/model/designer to discuss London, inspirations and who is the Mischa Barton girl.

Grazia Daily: You’ve had eight successful seasons of your handbag line but when did you decide to take the plunge and open your own store?

Mischa Barton: We’ve been in development since last year and it’s been quite an adventure. We wanted to build on the success of the handbags and it was a very natural progression. It’s quite hard to get a store here so when we got it, I was very happy.

Grazia Daily: What attracted you to Spitalfields?

Mischa Barton: This part of London has so much history behind it. I love the area, especially the market on Thursday, and the general creative energy. I try and walk through here as much as I possibly can. For me it’s like proper London and it gives you that feeling when you walk around at night. It’s the perfect place. West London was quite scary for me and wasn’t where I felt the brand was at that moment, but we can grow to it.

Grazia Daily: We know you for your bohemian and eclectic style, but where do you get your influences from?

Mischa Barton: It’s literally what I’m into at the moment and where I am. I get my influences from books, movies, music and my travels around the world. I’m constantly taking pictures of things that I like. You have to keep it fresh and interesting and I’m always looking for ideas for the bags and the clothes. It’s been an easy endeavour and I really enjoy doing it. It’s very rewarding.

Grazia Daily: Can you pin down the archetypal ‘Mischa Barton’ girl?

Mischa Barton: Girls who are distinct with their fashion choices and want to be a different – they’re quite sophisticated. We cater for the 16-35 market and I’ve found that we reach a lot of older women too. The items on sale are at a good price range, but I’m still shocked that the younger generation buy into it. They’re so into it and aware of The OC. I’m like ‘you’re too young to have seen The OC’ – it’s bizarre and never seems to die, but it’s great. That’s the beauty of DVD.

Grazia Daily: You’ve been a busy lady of late with new films in the pipeline and the upcoming play (Steel Magnolias) in Dublin, but what’s next?

Mischa Barton: Acting is always my first love but I enjoy working hard. We plan to expand and we’re looking at Asia and the Middle East, so we’ll see how that goes. The most important thing for me in opening in London was getting the look and feel of it down. Hopefully we can duplicate this in other territories.

by David Woode

Source: Grazia UK

10 Minutes with Mischa Barton

On heading down to Mischa Barton’s new boutique in Spitalfields market, East London we weren’t sure what to expect. Known for her individual sense of style and rebelling against convention, we were intrigued to discover what this Hollywood actress thought about fashion and her own personal style.

Tell us a little bit about the Mischa Barton Boutique?

As well as the clothes and accessories we’ve created a range of covers and cases for the iPhone 5 and Samsung. Initially I was asked to do a campaign, but it made more sense for me to design them. They’re great and they match all our bags too. I really want to create some designs for the iPad, so we’re going to be doing that too.

Where did you find inspiration for the collection?

I love that the whole collection has a vintage feel. It’s got a definite London vibe to it. Some of the pieces were based on a more Biba-esque style that my mother used to wear. The collection reflects my own style and comes from things that I’ve loved. It’s got a wearable feel to it. This is the beginning of the line there might be a certain vibe right now that will evolve over time – we’re finding out style. I’m already in love with the rose fabric skirt, it’s got a vintage feel to it, whereas some of the other pieces have a more fantastical vibe, but it depends on how you style it.

Is the collection based on things that you would buy and wear?

The military jackets, the structured jackets, the high-waisted skirts, the long fur vests are all things that I love to wear. The brand image, the girl character that I managed to draw is the face of the brand. She’s really cute and approachable and has a realistic body shape. She looks like a real girl, she’s not a Barbie doll. She’s got a wide face and big eyes and I really like that. A lot of brands I’ve liked over the years have had that more interesting idea behind them.

How would you describe your style?

Over the years my style has been quite eclectic. I mean, I’ve grown up mostly in the public eye and I’ve been through quite a few phases. But now I feel like I know what works for me in terms of my colour palette and what I like to wear. I’m always going for the blacks, golds, yellows, whites and mustards. I basically buy those key colours now and then I know from there what cuts I want. I just keep it simple.

Do you prefer to work with a stylist or dress yourself?

I’ve worked with stylists before. Rachel Bakewell I’ve worked with, she’s amazing. It depends, but I do dress myself. I’ve never had a stylist for every day, just like I don’t have hair and make-up for every day or anything like that.

Do you enjoy styling your own looks and dressing up?

I do enjoy dressing up. It’s all me and I choose all my clothes and accessories, for the most part, and even when I work with a stylist it’s all me.

Who are your fashion icons?

Well they’ve mostly come from the punk rock scene in New York. The likes of Kim Gordon, Anita Pallenberg  and Hepburn to the 1950s. I like a classic look; the pin up girls, the pretty smoky eye. But my inspiration varies from time to time.

Who are your favourite designers?

I love Helmut Lang, I always have. Always Chanel, I’ve always loved Chanel. Prada, Miu Miu. I like everything from J Brand for jeans to Alexander Wang. I do wear smaller brands like Band of Outsiders and Clothespin. In fact I mostly buy smaller brands. Anna Sui was also one of my favourites over the years I would always go to her in New York.

If you could give PUSH IT readers one piece of style advice, what would it be?

Make your style your own. Be individual with it. I think people always look best in the clothes they feel comfortable in, and you know, you can take any dress and wear it 25 different ways. It’s just about how you feel that day and how you want to wear it. Have fun with it!

Finish a look off, polish it off, finish getting dressed; with tights, boots, accessories it’s good to finish off a look. Sometimes you wont have time but if you get good at it, it becomes natural. Accessories really change and outfit, you can suddenly look more put together and more glamorous. I should learn from myself half of the time, because I’m always running out the door half dressed. I prefer when I’ve got my coast and my sunglasses and everything I want with me.

What can’t you leave the house without? Would it be a disaster if you left your sunnies at home?

Nothing is ever a disaster, but I like to have my sunglasses and my iPhone, always my iPhone, my few bits of make-up, my lip balm.

If your house was on fire and you could only rescue one thing what would it be?

If the dogs were outside wagging their tails then I would rescue some of the Chanel.

What’s your favourite season?

Fall is my favourite season because I prefer being able to layer and dress up. Summer is fun, it’s cool, it’s easier but Fall is more entertaining fashion wise. I love tweed suits. The tweed Chanel suits kill me. The new suits that came in recently are just gorgeous. Miu Miu and Prada are also so good this season.

What’s your favourite decade?

I’ve always said the sixties and the seventies but it changes. If I were to just pick one right now it’s definitely the fifties.

What made you set up shop in Spitalfields, East London of all places?

I could’ve been on Oxford Street but you know what, it’s actually quite hard to get into Spitalfields. It’s got a great vibe to it. The Thursday morning markets are great. I think it’s got an almost East meets West vibe about it, which is strange for somewhere right in the middle of East London. It’s got so much character and it’s been here forever and there’s so much history.

I like walking through here, I even go out of my way to walk through Spitalfields. It’s just a part of London I’ve always been fascinated by and when we got the store here I was really happy. The shops are so cute and well-sized. I don’t need something massive and I don’t want be on the highstreet. Honestly, I didn’t want to be on Oxford Street. It was really a question of whether I wanted to be in the middle of the West End or over East.

Mischa Barton Boutique, 53 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA

– Ellen Stewart
– Mischa Barton being licked by PUSH IT’s Ferrell

 

Source: Push It Magazine

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Mischa covers Idee Fixe

Check out Mischa’s super hot cover of the upcoming issue of Idee Fixe magazine. Image shared by Mischa’s Place on Facebook. Can’t wait to see the full shoot!

Mischa on 98FM

If the streaming doesn’t load for you, you can visit the 98FM website and listen to Mischa’s interview at the bottom of the page.

Mischa reveals past life cutting turf in Irish bog

SHE doesn’t look like your average turf cutter.

But former ‘The OC’ star Mischa Barton has revealed she once cut turf on her uncle’s farm in Co Roscommon.

The 26-year-old, whose mother Nuala Quinn hails from the county, spent many happy childhood holidays there before she found fame as troubled teen Marissa Cooper on US TV show ‘The OC’ in 2003.

“Mischa Barton cutting turf? It might sound properly ridiculous to people but trust me, on my uncle’s farm in Roscommon everybody pitched in,” Ms Barton told the Irish Independent.

“We loved coming to the farm when we were kids. It was such a great escape and we were here pretty often.”

The Hollywood star returns to Ireland this September when she swaps the Californian hills for the stage of the Gaiety Theatre to play diabetic Shelby Eatenton in a stage version of ‘Steel Magnolias’, based on the 1989 film starring Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and

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Although known for her TV work, which has seen her hailed as one of ‘People’ magazine’s ‘Top 50 Beautiful People’, her career kicked off when she landed the lead role in playwright Tony Kushner’s off-Broadway production ‘Slavs’ in 1994.

“People concentrate sometimes on the fashion and the stardom, so it’s good to be able to show your talents,” she said. “Theatre means everything because that’s where I came from.”

And she believes that the Gaiety Theatre is the perfect setting for the comedy drama set in a beauty salon.

“I like that the audience is on all these different levels so people will be looking from above down into the salon and hearing our chitter-chatter,” she added.

She will star alongside actress Anne Charleston, better known as Madge Bishop from the Australian soap ‘Neighbours’.

Posing for the cameras yesterday, the sight of the stunning actress outside the Gaiety had passers-by joining in the act as they reached for their camera phones.

Directed by Ben Barnes, ‘Steel Magnolias’ opens in the Gaiety on September 11 and then tours the country for eight weeks this autumn taking in Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Galway, Castlebar, Drogheda and Derry.

Tickets are priced from €20 and will be available from Ticketmaster and www.SteelMagnolias.ie.

- Ken Sweeney
Source: Independent.ie

You can also hear a brief snippet of Mischa talking to a radio show about the play:

Mischa Impossible

Winsome Anglo-Irish actress Mischa Barton is the girl with everything: beauty, a successful modelling and designing career and a ritzy Manhattan home.

There is just one thing missing — she tells me it’s almost impossible to find a decent boyfriend.
‘I’ve given up men,’ the OC star says at a cocktail party for the new £190,000 Aston Martin Vanquish
‘Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be anyone out there for me. My last three boyfriends haven’t worked out, so I’m giving guys a rest for a while. I’m putting all my love, care and attention into my three dogs.

‘Don’t ask why, but they are a good replacement for men in terms of affection.’
Mischa, 26, who has a penchant for dating musicians and models, adds of her canine companions: ‘I’m missing and pining for them madly as I’ve had to leave them in my New York apartment.’

Source: Daily Mail

Twelv Magazine Now Available Digitally

Mischa’s issue of Twelv magazine is now available to buy digitally from their online store for just 99 cents! Click here to purchase. A portion of the sales also goes to charity.

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