We fought the claw and the claw won.
In the extraordinary book Phaidon: Fashion, a young makeup artist named Topolino gets his own page. Born in Marseilles, the beauty wiz created runway looks for Alexander McQueen - and the insane thorn manicure you see above.
This story was published on July 21, 2010.
Not one to shrink from a challenge, we bought some roses and tried the look ourselves. Here's how:
1. Take three roses and slice off their thorns with gardening shears. Be very careful, or you will bleed.
2. Paint each thorn a blood red, or whatever color you'll use for your manicure (though aside from red, we think black is the only other hue that would work).
3. Paint your nails the same shade.
4. Take your nail polish and slick the bottom of the thorns with the brush, using it as "glue" for each thorn to stick on each nail.
5. Wait for it to dry (about 20 minutes).
Obviously, you'll have to be cautious when flaunting this sharp new look (and we'd only recommend it for something very special and relatively brief - you don't want thorns on your hands all day). But if you've ever wanted to embody the phrase, "Dangerous Beauty," well... this is it.