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    How I get dressed : Mischa Barton


    The star of The O.C, 21, on growing up and dressing down

    Sunday April 15, 2007
    The Observer



    I grew up in New York but I was born in the UK, and lived here until I was six. My parents dressed us with a fairly English sensibility. I went to a private London primary school for two years and had the whole outfit - the boater, everything! Then when we moved to New York I went through a million phases - I became obsessed with punk and all these different things. Now I'm mostly influenced by women in the Sixties and Seventies, like Anita Pallenberg or Marianne Faithfull. Those were the people I had up on my wall when I was little.
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    My first modelling job was when I was eight, for Smucker's Grape Jam. Then, when I was 11, Steven Meisel shot me for Italian Vogue. I was in school at the time, and didn't know who he was, but my mum was like, 'You have to behave!' He's a god, but you don't realise these things when you're 11.
    I started playing Marissa Cooper in The O.C. when I was 15. She was raised in Newport Beach in this wealthy kind of bubble, and therefore dresses in a fairly preppy, privileged way. So from the get-go, I couldn't really relate to the Lacoste and all that stuff. But her clothes were definitely beautiful, and that was a fun part of the character. A large part of the show was all the peripherals: the fashion, the music, the Uggs!.
    So the fashion for me was fun. That's where I've learnt so much about clothes; I wouldn't say that I was a clotheshorse before the show. You just get all these clothes given to you and you become more aware. I did like dressing for Marissa - every time I put on the pearls or the Chanel dress it felt like the character, the real southern Californian girl. But Marissa's not the kind of girl who would ever go vintage shopping. It's just not her world - "Eeew, it's been worn!"
    I think my style changes a lot. It's a little bit eclectic. Living in LA I don't feel any pressure to dress just to get a burger - when I dress up it's for me. If I have the time in the morning and I'm not working I sometimes look quite dressy, but that's because I've thrown on all these things that I like. I'm fine wearing jeans and T-shirts. Some of my favourite things are my vintage rock T-shirts, skinny jeans, and flat shoes always - sneakers and flats. It's just the most comfortable, and I can walk the dogs and do errands. I'm not really that fussy; I can leave the house in 20 minutes. But I seem to be able to throw on a lot of stuff in that time!
    I always wear flats 'cause I don't need to wear heels - I'm quite tall, five eight and a half. So I love Keds - they're really cool - they're classic and they've come up with some new designs recently and they've been really good to me, letting me design with them and have input on the brand.
    I don't get dressed up for anyone else, or for dinner, or for any occasion. I buy my things all over the place and I'm always scouring for stuff, and vintage shopping. [LA superstylist] Rachel Zoe helps me out for red-carpet events and stuff. We were friends before she was my stylist. I used to be over at her house and see all her clothes. Then she started dressing me for big events. She's laidback and she's got a strong sense of personal style. And she knows how to do glamorous. Because I like to throw a bunch of things on and I do my thing - and I could probably dress quite hippy-dippy if I didn't have someone to sometimes tell me 'no'!
    I like to choose brands I feel comfortable repping. There's a million offers and you have to pare it down. Even sometimes when I go to Fashion Week I have so many designers that I like and am friendly with, or have done favours for me in the past, that it gets a little overwhelming. John Galliano is great; Dior has been wonderful, giving me couture dresses from the runway and always inviting me out to Paris. Companies like Chanel have sent me clothes over the years and have just been really supportive. It's a pleasure to be the one that they choose to take to Paris for their show.
    I've just shot Closing the Ring with Richard Attenborough. It's beautiful clothing - I love Forties style, but it's just shocking how much work it took to get ready every day! Even just because of the way they did their hair, you have to put it in rags before you go to bed. I've also shot David Leland's Virgin Territory where Roberto Cavalli did the costumes - incredible detail and embroidery - amazing clothes.
    I may be back in London this year, doing Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. I was here last summer for two months, doing a Shakespeare course at RADA. It was a nice experience to go back to a bit of my roots, and I dressed pretty much like a student. It's not so glamorous, theatre school, but it was fun. My big sister, Zoe, is very, very English. She's a barrister in London and she has to wear suits all the time. You probably wouldn't know that we were related at all! It just goes to show how different life turns out. Could I have been that barrister in the power-suit? I think about that - it sounds kinda scary!


    How I get dressed : Mischa Barton | Woman | The Observer

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    Ah... no Mischa, I really can't see you as a barrister!

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    Who cares.

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    '....in the dark' should be tacked on the end of that title!

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    that article was un-necessarily long. she does sound intelligent though.

    i like her style anyway. sometimes it's ugly, but it's never boring.

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    She's stylish, sometimes a bit weird, but she's deffo the best around.
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    i thought she was going to say she gets dressed in the dark


    she does look really nice sometimes though
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    I found a pic of her sister on her chambers' website and she's right...you wouldn't know they were related!!!
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    I like her style most of the time

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    most likely she grabs whatevers on the floor of her closet or a trash bin.

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    I have a feeling there's not more to this girl other than clothes, shoes, makeup, and (limp) hair.
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    I think she's stylish most of the time. But lately she's worn some weird outfits (of the red carpet)..


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