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Michael Kors is pleased to celebrate the publication this fall of Young Hollywood (Assouline), a book of portraits by Claiborne Swanson Frank that features a foreword by the designer.


Young Hollywood is a beautiful body of work by portrait photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank, which comes on the heels of her first book with Assouline, American Beauty, published in 2012. Swanson Frank photographed over 60 up-and-coming women to watch in Hollywood today, drawing inspiration from old Hollywood. Among these women are actresses, directors, producers, screenwriters, stylists, and more—from Isabel Lucas and Elisabeth Moss, to Dakota Johnson and Imogen Poots, to Mickey Sumner and Amber Heard. Brimming with gorgeous portraits, alongside short texts, transcribed by Genevieve Bahrenberg, in the voices of the women themselves, a foreword by Michael Kors, an introduction by Amy Seimetz, and a Q&A between Lesley M. M. Blume and Swanson Frank discussing the making of the book, Young Hollywood captures the essence and the allure of what it means and what it takes to be a starlet in modern day Hollywood.


Michael Kors first worked with Swanson Frank in the fall of 2012, originating the concept of Kors Collaborator, an on-going digital initiative that profiles women with creative talents across the cultural spectrum. This successful collaboration led to him supporting Claiborne in the creation of her second book,Young Hollywood.


Prior to the book’s publication, the Michael Kors brand will feature an exclusive look at the book, engage with Claiborne Swanson Frank online, specifically through a Q&A, debut a short film directed by Tamara Lowe and create an engaging content set in Los Angeles to support the narrative of “Young Hollywood” on Destination Kors ( and Michael Kors social media channels. The film, also shot in Los Angeles, will explore Swanson Frank’s vision, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the photographer created the book while using fashion and beauty to tell a Hollywood story.


“Claiborne is a true talent and someone who shares my vision of glamour that derives from character and confidence,” says Michael Kors. “It was an honor to contribute the foreword to her book. Young Hollywood is a blend of everything we expect of women today. . . These young Hollywood talents represent the juggling and speed that’s necessary today, but they’re able to channel something that feels old-world glamorous at the same time. They may be young, but they project an intelligence and a sense of sophistication that belies their age.”


“I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to capture the next generation of talent in Hollywood and to document this unique cultural moment through my lens,” says Claiborne Swanson Frank. “Michael’s continued support and deep belief in my vision allowed me to bring to life Young Hollywood. He has been so generous throughout my process and the creation of my book and his thoughtful foreword is a wonderful exploration of the essence of women, glamour and Hollywood across the decades.”


Young Hollywood will be offered for advance sale in select Michael Kors stores globally this fall, and through Assouline distribution channels beginning in September. Its launch will be celebrated at a private dinner hosted by Michael Kors in Los Angeles.


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