here is part two of my interview with claiborne swanson frank. how appropriate to feature claiborne on the fourth of july (to be honest, this wasn’t really planned, it just happened to be be perfect and work out this way- meant to be i guess)…. claiborne defines all-american style!

claiborne spent many years at vogue before she she branched out on her own with her brilliant photography. her first book, american beauty/buy here, was a huge success, and her new book, young hollywood/ pre-order here, is the talk of the town, one of the most anticipated fall 2014 books.

claiborne is a mother, a wife, a brilliant photographer and my friend…i’m so honored to feature her and interview her in the latest installment of “mds interviews.” i got to ask claiborne about all of her favorite people, places and things….we all know she’s one of mine!

happy 4th of july- wishing everyone stars, stripes and love! enjoy!

MDS- What is your favorite Color?

CSF- My favorite colors are blue and red. A rich orange red and a deep sea blue.

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MDS- What is your favorite Flower?

CSF- Ranunculus, Peonies and Gardenias

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MDS- What is your favorite Book?

CSF- Jack Kerouac, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald are my favorite authors, can’t pick one book.

Joan Dideon

Joan Didion

MDS- What is your favorite Restaurant?

CSF- Swifty’s in NYC.

Swifty's NYC

Swifty’s NYC


MDS- Who is your favorite Designer?

CSF- Vintage Bill Blass, YSL, Oscar and Michael Kors.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors


MDS- What is your favorite Gift to give or to receive?

CSF- My favorite gifts are flowers, coffee table art, fashion, photography and design books, personal portraits prints.


MDS- Who is your favorite Artist?

CSF- Avedon, Beaton, Penn and Karsh.

Jean Shrimpton by Cecil Beaton

Jean Shrimpton by Cecil Beaton


MDS- What is your favorite Indulgence?

CSF- Pizza


MDS- What is your favorite vacation spot?

CSF- South of France

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