Things We Could Do With Mischa Barton’s Fascinator (Besides Wear It)
Baffled by the Philip Treacy fascinator Mischa Barton wore to the Melbourne Cup? Us too. Here are some alternate uses we found for it.
How’s about a day at the races, Bettys? Australia’s biggest Thoroughbred horse race, the Melbourne Cup, was held on Tuesday, and in grand race fashion, it was a star-studded event indeed. (For the record, yes, I realize that it’s still Tuesday for most of us in the US, but it’s already Wednesday in Australia, so bear with me.) Celebs like Rose Byrne and Revenge star Ashley Madekwe put in appearances—as did Mischa Barton, who, as you can see, was wearing an extremely unique hat.
Given that Mischa hasn’t looked this fresh-faced since her days on The O.C., it’s nice to see her looking so put together. Designed by Kym Ellery, the dress’s rich burgundy color looks FABULOUS on Mischa, and her Louis Vuitton clutch and shoes, Karen Walker sunglasses, and Cartier jewelry hit all the right notes.
The fascinator, though? Well, it’s a Philip Treacy creation, so we should probably just be amazed that it isn’t wackier than it alreadiy is. And don’t get me wrong—it DOES go quite nicely with the rest of the outfit… but somehow, I just can’t help but look at it and think that it could be put to SO many more interesting uses. How about these for a start?
1. Play ring toss with it. Horseshoes would work, too.
2. Reenact the infamous Charlie the Unicorn video.
3. Combine its DNA with Princess Beatrice’s fascinator from the Royal Wedding and create a mutant fascinator monster. It’s the stuff of nightmares.
4. Hang it as a mobile above a baby’s crib.
5. Use it as a croquet mallet. Just grab it by the long, pointy bit and you’re good to go.
6. Spatula. It’s the perfect shape for removing fresh-baked cookies from the oven.
7. Mount a tiny sail on it and send a small creature to sea in it. Hey, mice need boats sometimes, too.
8. Wall sconce. Wiring it for electricity might be a little complicated, but just think how lovely it will look all illuminated on your wall with a gigantic light bulb where that rose-like thing is.
9. Turn it upside down, stick in a vase, and voila—instant house plant. Even better, you won’t have to water it.
Got any to add? Tell us in the comments!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.