For the past year or so, Marissa Cooper Mischa Barton has been making more of an effort than ever to stage a successful comeback.
She emerged from relative obscurity (save for occassional tabloid appearances focusing on her questionable sartorial choices and fluctuating weight. Oh and that time she was placed on a psychiatric hold)--in the UK at least--with an extremely unflattering and painful to watch appearance on Fearne Cotton's documentary-style show "Fearne and..."Some time after that, she got her shit together, got rid of those awful extensions, dyed her hair a normal color, and hired June Ambrose to makeover her image. And it worked. We saw her with Ambrose at a Nine West event during fashion week last September and she looked amazing--like shockingly so. And, with a couple of exceptions, she's looked lovely and put together at every appearance she's done since.
As far as her career goes, she's been quietly building a fashion empire, starting with a handbag line she's had for years (though we didn't know about it until recently--it must do well overseas?). She recently launched a clothing collection with her mother in Dubai and announced plans to open a store in London's Spitalfields neighborhood next month, which will sell her handbags, clothes and branded cosmetics. According to WWD, she's gotten requests to open franchises in China and plans to come to the U.S. by the end of the year. Who knew?
She talks more about her design career in the first issue of New York-based Twelv magazine (thanks Huffpo), for which she appears on two covers. In one, she's wearing that Louis Vuitton collar that is in every fashion editorial and in the other she's...holding a naked baby. For no apparent reason. (Well, babies have popped up quite a bit as fashion accessories.) You can read some of that interview here. There's no explanation for the baby. She looks pretty, though!
Barton might still have some issues, but life after being Marissa Cooper is probably really tough and we're still really rooting for her in the same way (we think) we're still rooting for Lindsay Lohan. Are you?