Some coffee tables are beautiful. Others can be beautified with books like American Beauty sitting atop of them. Photographs of gorgeous young women cover a multitude of [design] sins. Claiborne Swanson Frank is a fine art portrait photographer who previously assisted Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. So she knows fashion and delicate souls. Frank gets everyone from Kick Kennedy (granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy) to Amanda Hearst to Devon Radziwill to Amanda Brooks to Lauren DuPont to Barbara Pierce Bush to sit in front of her lens. She essentially photographs her friends for this book—and her friends are stylish, pulchritudinous, and up to some very interesting things. You owe your house guests this one.
Claiborne sitting in the back of her tomato-red Land Cruiser with her dog, Gator.
"...I couldn't help but think of Slim Aarons and how Claiborne had opened the door to a world that seemed, after Slim's passing, to forever be closed."
—Ivan Shaw, Photography Director, Vogue