Middleton Brother Appreciates Mischa Barton’s Budding Design Career

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED)  Mischa Barton attends the Mischa Barton Boutique flagship store launch party at Old Spitalfields Market on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Mischa Barton. Photo: Dave M. Benett/2012 Dave M. Benett

Mischa Barton celebrated the soft launch of her new boutique, Mischa's Place, in London's Spitalfields Market with a party last night. (Official opening day is Saturday, when you can go fawn over Mischa and throw back some free "celebratory" Champagne.) Kate Middleton's younger brother, James, attended, you know, to add some gravitas to the proceedings. Barton's handbag line is now in its ninth season, but this store's opening marks her clothing design debut. She told British Vogue that the collection showcases "elements of [her] style" but was developed with a broad, budget-conscious audience in mind. She added astutely, "There are plenty of pieces for people who don't just want to dress like Mischa," which you can draw your own conclusions from.