Mischa Barton may not be the first person that comes to mind in the Reality TV world, but she stopped by the Reality Rock Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center and talked to “On The Red Carpet” host Chris Balish.
The model and actress shot to fame for her role as Marissa Cooper on the show “The OC,” and over the years has become a fashion fixture on the red carpet. Barton is now taking fashion into her own hands and launching her own handbag line.
“Fashion has always been something I’ve been really into,” said Barton. “Handbags in particular are just a great thing to design. Because as a woman you don’t have to try them on, they can be really beautiful and interesting and funky and change up your whole outfit. And they are a functional thing that you need every day.”
Barton says the inspiration of her line reflects her own eclectic style, drawing from high-end fashion to street fashion. “The bag line is a great way to link with fans and all these fashionable girls,” Barton told “On The Red Carpet.”
But she is at the Reality Rock Expo, so “On The Red Carpet” had to ask what reality shows grab her attention. “I like everyone else watch the funny bloopers on stuff, Snooki outtakes and Jersey Shore. We do watch that stuff, my friends and I,” said Barton. “I really like any of the dog shows. All those animal rescue shows. And I really like cake decorating. I go nutty for those cake decorating competitions. It’s amazing, I love that stuff.”
Even though her line is only available in stores in the UK and Japan, people in the US can purchase her handbags on the fashion website ASOS.com. Bags will also be available at the Reality Rocks Expo, which finishes up Sunday April 10.
And make sure to check out the rest of our coverage from the Reality Rocks Expo including several interviews with your favorite reality stars and photos from the event.
Source: On the Red Carpet
Break out your old Phantom Planet CDs, Death Cab For Cutie t-shirts and Captain Oats replicas: We’re going back to California.
We’ll admit, we were surprised to see “The O.C’s” Mischa Barton on the list of attendees at the 2011 Reality Rocks Expo. She’s not an actress we usually — or ever — associate with reality TV. It turns out Barton was in the house to promote her self-titled line of handbags, which is only available in the UK.
Being huge fans of “The O.C.,” we here at Zap2it knew we had to sit down and chat with the actress who played our favorite poor little rich girl: Marissa Cooper. Who didn’t swoon when Ryan (Ben McKenzie) ran through the door at the nick of time on New Year’s Eve to kiss Marissa? Who didn’t tune in and freak out when Marissa decided, ‘Hey, I’m a lesbian now!?’ And don’t you dare tell us you didn’t shed a tear (or, um, 40) when Marissa tragically died in Ryan’s arms at the end of Season 3. Not cool, Volchok. Not cool. Who ever would have thought a spoiled, alcoholic high school girl would end up being one of TV’s most tragic characters?
Lucky for us, Barton was more than game to answer all of our “O.C.”-related questions, including her favorite episode, when she knew the show was a cultural phenomenon and how she related to Marissa’s darkness. We also found out if Barton would ever be interested in gracing the small screen again.
So cue up “California” on your iPods ’cause nostalgia here we come… via Zap2it
Check out this video interview of Mischa at the Rosa Clara event. She talks about bringing her handbag collection over to the US and also developing a docu-series to go along with the launch involving her life and her friends in fashion. Exciting stuff!! Thanks to Maz for the tip.
Also added extra photos from the event, hopefully more to come.
The SS10 Mischa Barton collection is available now!
The new seasons arm candy includes a range of eclectic summer totes, hot grabs, and to die for clutches, perfect for a fashion fix!
Prices start from just £25, check out the collection at www.mischabartonhandbags.com
The new Mischa Barton Spring/Summer 2010 Handbag Collection has now launched on mischabartonhandbags.com. Head on over to check out the range and to purchase a bag. The front page also features a brand new ad for the line which you can check out below.
I’ve added a page on the various retailers that stock Mischa’s handbag collection. These are sites that I’ve found myself so there might be more out there. So far I know of the collection being sold in the United Kingdom, Australia and at least online in Scandinavia. If anyone else has any additional information I’d love to hear from you.
To all the Aussies who visit, Mischa’s handbag collection has launched in Australia. They are available at David Jones stores across the country. At this stage we aren’t sure if the bags are available at every store but if you’d like to purchase one, maybe ring ahead and find out if your nearest store has them. They apparently only went on sale in Australia within the last week or two so the line is just brand new. From the prices I saw, expect to pay upwards of $100 (Australian dollars) for most styles currently available.