For what I think is the first time ever, Mischa Barton Clothing & Accessories will be available for US customers with sales up to 70% off retail prices on the HauteLook website. If you’ve not heard of HauteLook before, it is a private and limited-time sales website offering special discounts on some of the world’s most coveted brands. All you need to do is sign up at HauteLook and then wait for the Mischa Barton sale to begin on January 20th at 8am Pacific time. Stock is always limited so it’s best to get in quick.
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Mischa Barton has been famous for so long it’s quite a surprise that she’s only 26. She was starring on stage aged 8 and on screen by 11. And ever since winning her role as a bronzed beach babe in the TV teen drama The OC a decade ago, she’s been an almost permanent fixture in the glossy and the gossipy magazines.
We are meeting in Mischa’s Place, her boutique in Spitalfields, East London, which opened in August and is easily spotted because of the paparazzi outside. Inside there are rails of Barton’s own range of boho-glam clothes, handbags and make-up as well as the iPhone covers she designed for Uunique London. At their launch last month she posed with a £189,000 phone cover made from rose gold, pink and white diamonds and handmade Italian leather. Her own designs are a more affordable £34.99 and feature hippyish appliqué florals or a cartoon avatar of Barton herself, all swirly hair and pout.
In the flesh, Barton is just as Bambi-eyed and swishy-haired, but she’s also slightly haunted-looking in the manner of Kristen Stewart.
She teeters out of her taxi in battered leather jacket, skinny jeans and towering diamanté Jimmy Choos and takes me on a guided tour of the shop, proudly showing off the items that she designed herself. “I tend to be quite opinionated about what I do and don’t like. It’s important for me that girls actually want to wear it and enjoy it,” she says earnestly. “I get a kick out of that, I really do.”
Published at 12:01AM, January 5 2013
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!
Photos of Mischa participating in a shoot at her boutique in Spitalfields have been added. Mischa poses with her bags and the new range of iPhone 5 cases designed with Uunique London.
Thank you Mila Kunis Web
Check out this shot of Mischa from an OK! UK photo spread promoting Mischa’s recently opened fashion & accessories boutique in Spitalfields, London.I’ll hopefully have scans up from the spread soon.
Mischa is wearing her own collection which you can purchase from the Mischa’s Place website. They do ship internationally btw so it’s not just for British folks.
Photo: OK! UK
How did you come to appear in Noel Gallagher’s new music video?
He thought I’d be a good British representative. I’ve always loved Noel, so I said yes. Oasis played a crucial part in my formative years; it was true love.
Are you more into your dogs or men at the moment?
I’m never not into my dogs, but I’ve got a boyfriend [actor Sebastian Knapp] and he’s all right, too, so I’m sharing the love.
Do you ever borrow his clothes?
Yes. Sometimes I’ve been unlucky enough to have a boyfriend who is as skinny as me. Having a boyfriend who can fit into my skinny jeans is quite disturbing.
You chose to open your boutique in Spitalfields. Are you East over West?
I don’t really associate myself with one or the other. I don’t do the whole neighbourhood snobbery thing.
What will you be wearing this autumn?
I’ve got a few military coats and some Edwardian jackets and I usually buy a proper winter jacket from Alice Temperley or Matthew Williamson.
What’s your most British trait?
My sense of humour. It’s the biggest difference between Brits and Americans. My love of English food runs pretty deep, too. I get upset if my house in LA isn’t stocked up with English home comforts.
What do you miss about LA?
Vegan chocolate pudding from Whole Foods; you can’t get it here.
James Middleton came to your opening, are you friends?
No, but he showed up and brought customised cupcakes. He is definitely a gentleman.
The Mischa Barton boutique is now open at 53 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, E1 (mischasplace.com)
Source: Evening Standard
PHOENIX caught up with Mischa Barton to discuss her new life as a fashion designer and becoming a retail entrepreneur.
After nine successful seasons curating her own bag range, Mischa Barton has now launched her own clothing and cosmetics line revealed in her debut London store. With the doors wide open during the maiden voyage of the Spitalfield’s boutique a crowd were beginning to gather in excitement of the presence of Mischa and the possibility of grabbing a picture with her.
The collection reminiscent of 60’s King’s Road, London boutique designs, the British born actress is putting a twist on the style she claims her mother influenced her with from an early age. Joined by her Pomeranian dog Ziggy, Mischa also exhibited her new collection with prices ranging from £25 to £250. The price tags are not as high as one may think as Mischa wanted the collection to be accessible for all her fans, however that touch of exclusivity only a boutique can offer is still available.
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Mischa Barton Boutique, 53 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, London, E1
Source: PHOENIX Magazine UK
Here are some fan photos from Mischa’s meet & greet to celebrate the opening of the first Mischa Barton Boutique in Spitalfields, London. Nearly all the fan photos have come from Twitter (visit the page for individual re-tweets) so if you’d like your photo removed or if you’ve got some more to share, tweet me or e-mail me.
And a separate big thanks to Adrian for sending through all the atmosphere/ambience/internal/external store photos. You can also read a fan account of Adrian’s trip to the store (which was more of a journey) by visiting Mischa Forums.