Acting fashion: Mischa Barton
Actress Mischa Barton talks to FE about hiking, chocolate and her love of clothes
British-American actress Mischa Barton launched her eponymous handbag label in 2008. Now in its eighth season, the brand releases its debut clothing offer and opens its first flagship store in London’s Spitalfields district this spring.
I knew I’d made it when… the paparazzi chased me incessantly.
The person who influenced me the most was… my mum.
You wouldn’t know it, but I’m really interested in… music and art.
When the weekend comes I… go on hikes and take care of my dogs.
Growing up I wanted to be… an actress, or somehow involved in fashion.
The thing I want to do before I retire is… travel the world. I love seeing different cultures and places.
I spent my first pay packet on… clothes – even as a little girl I had a love of fashion.
Doing this job allowed me to meet… a lot of very special people and pursue other creative endeavours such as my bag and clothing collections.
If I wasn’t doing this I\’d be… involved in the arts in some capacity.
The reason I still get up in a morning is… because I have so much creative passion.
It’s because of this job I drive a… Mercedes Benz.
I treat myself by… being pampered in a spa and nail salon.
I wish I could resist… chocolate – it’s my guilty pleasure.
My unfulfilled ambition is… having a family one day.
When I’ve retired I want people to say… that I always did my best.
Source: Fashion Extras
By Leah Ornstein – Radar Style & Beauty Editor
Move over Victoria Beckham and Nicole Richie — there is a new celebrity fashion designer in town!
Mischa Barton has kept a relatively low profile over the past few years, but the 26-year-old star is still very much in the game, and she is about to add a new title to her resume.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, the former O.C. star opens about life in the public eye, how she deals with criticism, and all of her exciting new projects, including the launch of her very own fashion line and website aptly called Mischa’s Place!
Debuting as an actress in 1995 when she was just 9 years old on All My Children, Mischa enjoyed success on the big screen with roles in movies like The Sixth Sense, Lost and Delirious and Tart before snagging the lead role in the hit television show The O.C in 2003.
Leaving the show in 2006, she went on to pursue a career in film, appearing in several straight to DVD films and gaining notoriety in the press for her relationships with Hollywood bad boys Brandon Davis and Cisco Adler, as well as her legal troubles, but Mischa refuses to let the criticism get to her.
“As far as criticism is concerned, if it was constructive, I’d take it to heart, but when the intent is solely malicious, I’ve learned to let it roll of my back,” she exclusively tells RadarOnline.com. “I’ve been working consistently since my age was in single digits and just celebrated my 26th birthday, so it would be nice to be given credit where credit is due. The important thing is my happiness, and I’m quite content!”
In addition to several upcoming film projects, including Bhopal, a movie with Martin Sheen and Kal Penn which was inspired by true events and shot on-location in India, spending time with her family and friends and “taking time to smell the roses,” the actress has been focusing on the launch of her new website.
“I’ve been interested and inspired by fashion since I was a young girl,” she explains about the decision to start her own line. “For me, it’s the most creative form of self-expression, so to launch my own clothing line was a very fluid and natural transition. The success of my handbag line has enabled me to expand into clothing, accessories, beauty and makeup; all of which is very exciting and can be previewed online at MischasPlace.com and will eventually be available at my London boutique.”
The clothing collection, which consists of about 30 items with everything from flirty skirts and dresses to military style jackets and basic leggings, ranges in price from $36-$280.
“My inspiration for the collection was varied,” she explains, “but for the most part, I just wanted to design a collection that is fashionable, comfortable, and wearable; items that I’d personally want to incorporate into my own wardrobe.”
Also featured on the website is her cosmetics and beauty collections, as well as her handbag line.
As for any advice for actresses that hope to follow in her fashionable and famous footsteps?
“My main advice would be to only pursue acting as a career if it’s innately what you dream of doing,” she says. “If someone is star-struck and caught up with the glamour of it all, they’ll be sorely disappointed. It takes a combination of talent, inspiration, perseverance, focus, a strong support team, and of course, luck, along with a whole lot more.”
Source: Radar Online
Congratulations to Eda for being selected as the winner of the Mischa Barton Handbag giveaway here at mischa-b.com. There were so many entries so I’m sure there are a few disappointed fans out there, but as I’ve said previously, I’ll try and run giveaways like this more often over the coming months. Congratulations again to Eda, and thanks to everyone else for entering.
As an aside, and just so everyone knows, the winner was chosen using an online randomizer so that it was as fair as I could make it.
*Giveaway has ended, winner will be e-mailed either today or tomorrow*
This is just a quick update to post a revision regarding the giveaway of the Mischa Barton Handbag. The original deadline for entries was February 19th, 2012 but due to an overwhelming response, I’ve decided to shorten the date to February 10th, 2012.
It should still be plenty of time for everyone to get their entries in. If you missed the details on the giveaway, scroll down or click here.
I was not expecting so many e-mail entries (plus a few via Facebook and Twitter) but I’m thrilled to see that people are keen to get their hands on a Mischa bag. I will try to run a giveaway like this more frequently over the coming months.
It looks like 2012 could be the year of Mischa Barton’s comeback, and I’ll be the first to say, “Finally!” Ever since I watched Fox’s The O.C., I’ve envied Barton’s ability to wear cute, casual looks without treading into adolescent territory. “When I was younger, I tended to dress much more sophisticated than the average teen since I was fortunate enough to have some of the world’s top designers willing to dress me,” said Barton.“I’ve become a bit more playful in my style as I’ve matured.”
The British-born actress has flown under the radar for the past few years, but little did we know that Barton has been expanding on her eponymous handbag line that she launched last fall. “Accessorizing has always been my favorite means of sprucing up an ensemble, which is one of the reasons I’ve launched my own handbag line,” said Barton. “It’ll culminate in my own boutique in London this spring that also includes clothes and make-up”
Barton is also wrapping up two new films, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and “Apartment 1303 3D”, so she admits she hasn’t had time to plan for her 26th birthday this Tuesday. “I haven’t put much thought into how I’ll celebrate, but I imagine it will be with a close-knit party of family and friends. Each year, people approach me with fantastic getaways or Vegas experiences, which can surely be fun,” said Barton. “But for me, it’s more about who I’m celebrating with rather than how or where, so I tend to prefer a low-key dinner at a favorite restaurant.”
While Barton celebrates her birthday, we asked her to share her thoughts on a few outfits from the past nine years. Check out her commentary in the captions, and tell us, which look is your favorite?
Also, make sure to visit the Stylelist page to view the photo gallery of some of Mischa’s looks which also features brief commentary from Mischa herself.
A few albums have been updated with some extra shots of Mischa. Here is the rundown:
- Mischa Barton Handbags
Two of these photos are new to me, two of them are higher quality versions of existing shots. Beautiful!
- Heat Magazine (December 2009)
- Mischa Barton Advertising (May 2010)
We caught up with Mischa Barton to discuss her new collection
The actress-turned-designer is back with her latest collection of handbags and we love them! Practical, affordable and on-trend, it’s everything we want. In a hidden corner of London, we stole a few minutes with Mischa to chat bags, style and body-image.
Hi Mischa! We’re loving the new collection of handbags, which one’s your favourite?
Hi! it’s difficult to pick- i love all the bags so much! The satchel styles are probably my favourite though, and the most roomy and useful for everyday.
What kind of things do you always carry around in your bag then?
I am guilty of throwing a lot of things in my purses a lot of like. I carry lip gloss, mascara, eye liner and my iPhone. Oh, and a book usually. My bags are usually big enough to fit my book in.
So what was your inspiration when you were designing them?
I’ll buy a stack of magazines and whatever the runway collections are in the magazines and then take out my favourite pieces of inspiration. Which is everything from vintage bags, I take a lot from Japanese style, I take a lot from brands like Miu Miu and Prada. Some stuff from vintage fairs and things that I own.
Cool and have you got a muse or an ideal person you would like to see with your bag?
It would have to be Kate Middleton because she’s a good, current fashion icon and I like that she’s got class to her and that’s the kind of image I want.
Yeah she always looks so stylish. Do you find that hard when people analyse everything you wear?
I hate that aspect of things. I mean I haven’t been purposefully in the public eye for a long time and I haven’t been going out but paparazzi shots you see of me I’m wandering around LA just living life. I hate the public scrutiny about clothes. I think it’s stupid. If it’s not gonna be positive I think it shouldn’t be there at all because I like clothes at much as the next person. I like risk-taking when it comes to clothes and also just trying different things, whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Do you feel confident when you go out?
Yeah I’ve got a good regime of like working out and a good balanced diet and I’m pretty comfortable with the way it is.
Would you ever consider having plastic surgery?
It’s really not something that, god, I mean you never say never do you but it sounds horrific so I don’t know but who knows maybe when you get older what you’ll want to do.
And what trends and bags do you like now it’s getting into autumn/winter. Although I don’t suppose it’s that cold in LA…
No, it’s still hot to be honest. It’s really hot over there. But I like all kinds of stuff – big chunky scarves, lots of V-neck sweaters, lots of t-shirts and layering stuff, long-sleeved t-shirts.
So what are your favourite brands from the UK then, are there any that you really like?
ASOS and Topshop I would say kind of top the list. I’m a huge ASOS fan and I’m really happy that they carry as much of the line as they do. They’ve upped what they bought for next season which is a big deal because I really do love their stuff I buy it myself.
We love ASOS and Topshop too! Thanks for chatting to us, Mischa.
Head over to Mischa Barton Handbags to check out her new range.
Article via More Magazine.
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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