What beauty products can you not live without?
I love all the Jurlique products– Like their face masks– I also love dry shampoo- it gives me the volume I love.
What is a beauty secret you can share with us?
Sleep/ lots of water/ exercise/ clean food
What is your favorite meal when you come back to Napa Valley?
Gotts – shrimp tacos / sweet potato fries/ espresso milk shake
What are the pros and cons of Napa valley and New York and how do you split your time?
I live now in LA – but am in NYC a lot for work. I like the mix of NYC and LA. I love the balance they create… I love Napa as my refuge from the world and the place I feel most at peace.. Napa is where my heart is.
What is a day in the life of Claiborne when you are in Napa Valley?
bronzer, red lipstick, my sunglasses, my iphone – I am obsessed with instagram- follow me- claiborneswansonfrank.
Who do you look to for style inspiration?
My sisters and my mother… my friends … archival photographs and old movies.
Who do you think embodies American style and why?
I love these women and their style as they embody the free spirited American style I love.
If anything, the challenge was always creating a unique portrait for each woman… I always wanted to find fresh locations, unique outfits and really create a portrait that is authentic and iconic- this was the great challenge by the time I got to 80th portrait – the remaining 30 challenged me from a location wardrobe standpoint.. But at the end of the day I love a challenge so some of my best work happened then.
What has been the most rewarding moment of your career?
I think having Anna Wintour come to my NYC American Beauty book launch was the most rewarding moment.I worked for her and admire her deeply.It was a great honor to have her there.
What is your favorite NYC restaurant?
A tiny french restaurant in NYC called bilboquette… xox