Style icon Mischa Barton might be known for seamlessly shifting from retro-cool street style and red carpet elegance, but regardless of where she’s headed, Mischa tells PEOPLE.com, “Accessorizing is oddly my favorite part of dressing up.” It comes as no surprise then that the actress has been having fun developing her headband collection with designer Stacey Lapidus. Mischa says that she found inspiration for the hair accessories, which range from $50 to $200, in her jet set lifestyle. “I’ve been working in the likes of India, Milan, Paris, London, Montreal, L.A, and NYC,” she explains. “My style has been somewhat boho chic, which I think is a result of having traveled so extensively throughout the course of the past year.” And she’s about to get even busier! In addition to her headband line and a collection of handbags, Barton is waiting to hear whether her pilot for the CW, A Beautiful Life, will get picked up for a series this fall. “It was a blast to film and though I’ve only seen bits and pieces [of it], I’m proud of the show and hopeful that I’ll get to shoot some more,” she says. “Since I have an obvious passion for fashion, it was also incredible for me to be offered a role that’s immersed in the industry.” Check out Mischa’s collection, available now at staceylapidus.com. – Lisa Ingrassia
We’ve already known this for many months but for some reason its just now hitting the greater media…
Extra Credits: Mischa Barton Launches Headband Line
Despite hard times, celebrity collections just keep on coming. Those of actress Mischa Barton are cases in point. She’s launching a headband line for Stacey Lapidus and already has a handbag collection for the London-based Ri2k, now in its third season, which is sold in England and Australia.
Mischa Barton is keen on accessories. In fact, the 22-year-old actress, who made her name as the teen temptress Marissa Cooper on Fox’s “The O.C.,” now has two collections of them: one, a headband line for Stacey Lapidus, being launched for holiday, the other a bag line for the London-based Ri2k, which is sold in the U.K. and Australia. Barton also has two upcoming films. She plays a popular student in “Assassination of a High School President,” due out in March, and a reporter in “Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain,” about a chemical disaster in India that claimed 10,000 lives.
The headband venture came about when, earlier this year, Lapidus spotted photographs of Barton wearing one across her forehead à la Axl Rose. This convinced the designer, a former accessories editor at Vanity Fair, that a collaboration could work. “She’s definitely known for being bohemian and for her hippie look, but then you will turn a page and see her in head-to-toe Chanel,” says Lapidus of Barton. “I tried to put both the bohemian and the classic into the collection.”
The Mischa Barton for Stacey Lapidus line consists of six pieces for holiday decorated with pearls, beads, crystals, sequins and flowers. One standout is a silk, crystal and pearl upside-down tiara intended to be worn on the forehead. Priced from $80 to $200, the Barton pieces initially will be sold at staceylapidus.com, but Lapidus plans to expand distribution to boutiques that sell her signature line.
Barton’s first accessories venture, Mischa Barton Handbags for the London-based company Ri2k, is now in its third season. For fall ’09, Barton plans to work a Seventies vibe. “Even though I’ve always taken a page from vintage bags that I have and love, I think now I’ll be able to push that a little bit further and do more in terms of embellishment and embroidery,” Barton says. “Now I really feel like I have their confidence in me. People want to see that you can deliver and do, like, a good job.”
A holiday season preview of Mischa’s upcoming hair accessories collection with Stacey Lapidus has been launched online! Click here to view and/or purchase from the preview collection. The full line is due in the Spring.