So, the idea of doing this manicure actually came from my best friend, Gabriel, who suggested that I paint the dinosaurs from Jil Sander's men's sweaters on my nails, with toothpicks. And so I did . Then, a few days later, we went to the premiere of Spring Breakers [3-4] and I loved the movie so much that I wiped away the cute diplodocus and whales I had drawn in order to pay director Harmony Korine a nail tribute.
In case you don't know, Spring Breakers is about four teenagers (played by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who decide to go on spring break and cross paths with Alien, a drug dealer played by a barely-recognizable James Franco. The movie might have been plain if it wasn't for Harmony Korine's talent and vision (he said that he wanted to make a film that looked like it had been "enlightened by candy"). The cast is beyond credible, the story is everything but predictable, and the music is perfect. There is even a scene involving James Franco and Britney Spears. Now if that isn't the best thing ever...
Anyway, the little nail drawings were quite easy to figure out; I chose to do a palm tree, a bikini, a gun, a sun, and a knitted ski hat (like the ones they wear in the final scene) on each of my nails. I pulled out my O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat (which I also use as a top coat), Essie's Off The Shoulder , Biguine's Yellow Mustard, but also green, brown, and black colours from L'Oréal (#612, 114, 702), plus a few toothpicks, which I use as brushes. As for the result [5-8], I have been looking at my nails all day for the past two days, showing them to everyone and therefore talking about Spring Breakers way too much. I haven't been this obsessed since I saw The Darjeeling Limited.
Margault Antonini is a writer for L'Officiel. She lives in Paris.
Oh, and Spring Breakers opens in theaters across the U.S. today. We highly recommend checking it out. (Also, did you know that recent Top Shelf subject Heidi Bivens designed the costumes? They're killer.)
Photos [1-8] by Margault Antonini; [10-15] Spring Breakers promotional photography.