INTERVIEW: Hollywood star Mischa Barton and Anne Charleston, Madge from ‘Neighbours’, talk to BERNICE HARRISON about starring in a new Irish production of ‘Steel Magnolias’
I’M SO RECOGNISABLE,” says Mischa Barton in a straightforward, this-is-how-it-is, way and she’s right, she is. For four years she starred in The OC, the US-made nougties mega hit TV series that became a global teen phenomenon. There’s also something instantly familiar about people who have appeared in long-running TV series, even if you can’t recall ever seeing a single episode. It’s all the extra stuff – the interviews, the photo-shoots, the product endorsements and the paparazzi shots – the everywhereness of celebrity culture.
The OC ended in 2007 and she’s worked steadily in film since and although she hasn’t done any work that matches that early mega success, Barton has maintained a high profile. Not that the elderly men playing bowls on Tuesday evening in Leinster Cricket Grounds in Rathmines seem bothered and there’s no paparazzi lurking in the bushes waiting to snap the 26-year-old as we sit in the evening sunshine outside their clubhouse. The bowls club is where director Ben Barnes is rehearsing a new Irish production of Steel Magnolias. Mischa Barton is the star, and – the producers, Solar Theatre, hope – the big name that’ll draw the crowds when the production opens in Dublin in September and then tours around the country.
“It’s nice to have a break from it [the paparazzi]. It’s largely the reason to do a play here. There’s less of the fuss and ridiculousness here.” She’s been a regular visitor to Ireland since she was a small child – her mother, Nuala Quinn from Roscommon, brought the family home to the farm on summer holidays and she recently took a road trip around Kerry and Cork. Tuesday was the second day of what will be a three-week rehearsal period and she’s very much in work mode: black skinny jeans, oversized black combat jacket, battered looking pumps, make-up free, tousled hair – the only concession to fashion is her eye-catching gold trimmed black handbag. It’s from her own range, for sale in the Mischa Barton Boutique, the London shop she opened two weeks ago to stock her bags and her new clothing and cosmetic range.
Read the full article: Irish Times
Melbourne Cup organisers have lured their first celebrity to the November racing extravaganza, with Mischa Barton set to attend the Dublin-themed Emirates Marquee.
Barton is currently combining highly successful careers in both fashion and entertainment. Next month, she returns to the stage in an Irish production of Steel Magnolias with Australian actress Anne Charleston.
Born to an Irish mother and with a grandfather who was Gaelic language professor at the University of Belfast, organisers hope Ms Barton will be a glamorous addition to the exclusive Irish-themed Emirates Marquee on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.
It has been inspired by the famous landmarks of Ireland’s capital and Trinity College. Ms Barton will then join the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) chairman Michael Burn to watch the race in the Chairman’s Suite.
“I am so looking forward to being a guest of Emirates and the Victoria Racing Club at the Emirates Melbourne Cup,” said Ms Barton.
“I am excited to visit Flemington racecourse and witness what I understand is an extraordinary fashion spectacle.
“Being of Irish descent, I’m sure I will feel right at home in the Emirates Marquee and I can’t wait to be involved in this world-famous event.”
Mr Burn said the VRC was looking forward to welcoming the international beauty to Flemington for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day. “Ms Barton’s presence emphasises the international appeal of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“We have no doubt her time at Flemington will be one that she fondly remembers,” he said.
Boutros Boutros, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication, Emirates Airline, said: “We are delighted to host Mischa Barton on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, as we celebrate Dublin, which earlier this year joined Emirates’ ever expanding global network.”
Joining Barton on her trip to Australia will be her boyfriend, London-based actor Sebastian Knapp. The pair will reportedly spend time at Emirates luxurious Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, located in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Mischa Barton feels “lucky” not to have been on the “receiving end” of Karl Lagerfeld’s taunts.
The iconic designer caused a stir earlier this year when he branded British singer Adele “a little too fat” and said that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton “should only show her back.”
Mischa is glad she gets on well with the controversial clothes creator.
“Look, Karl’s always been amazing to me and my career. I have nothing negative to say about him. I think he said once I was the ‘face of a generation’ or something ridiculous,” she told the British edition of OK! magazine. “I’ve flown all around the world to go to different Chanel events.
“But this is not great. You wouldn’t want that said about you, but I’ve been lucky not to be on the receiving end!”
Mischa is full of praise for Prince William’s wife Catherine. The actress – who recently unveiled her own clothing boutique in London – admires the British royal’s chic sense of style.
“I think she’s perfect. I like her style. She always looks put together, cute and pretty. I definitely wouldn’t change her,” she said.
“I think she’s a much more positive role model than most we see in ads and magazines. During the Olympics it’s given people so many more positive role models and she’s been one of the existing ones we look up to who’s positive and healthy and cool.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Lifetime Movie Network has moved the premiere of CYPBERSTALKER, starring Mischa Barton, to September 14h at 8p/ET 9p/PT due to the network’s broadcast of “Stand Up to Cancer” on September 7th.
Cyberstalker stars Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) as Aiden Ashley, a young woman whose world is torn apart after an online stalker locates her address, follows her and murders both her parents. Thirteen years later, living and working under a new identity, Aiden’s stalker is able to locate her once again by means of the most sophisticated computer technology and vows to stop anyone who gets in his way.
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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
I’m a little late posting these pictures due to the amount of photos that were being delivered this time, but here they are finally. And doesn’t Mischa look absolutely stunning!
First up, photos of Mischa at the press launch of Mischa Barton Boutique in Spitalfields.
Next, a photocall of Mischa from the same press launch as above.
Third, and a little later in the day, photos of Mischa at the launch party of Mischa Barton Boutique in Spitalfields. These photos feature a bunch of familiar faces including Mischa’s mum Nuala, sister Zoe, family pets Ziggy & Mycroft (who almost steal the show), and some famous faces including James Middleton.
Finally, I’ve also added some shots of the store itself from the day before opening.
Don’t forget that the store is now open for business and if you’re able to, head on over to Spitalfields from 1pm – 4pm this Saturday (August 11th) where you’ll be able to meet Mischa and receive 10% off your purchase. Click here for more details or visit the Mischa Barton Boutique Facebook.
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
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
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– Mischa Barton being licked by PUSH IT’s Ferrell
Source: Push It Magazine