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The best of the September issues 2018

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September is the most important month in the glossy magazine world, and everyone from Vogue to Marie Claire really has been saving the best 'til September.

This month sees a huge focus on diversity in the industry and presents us with several groundbreaking covers that will go down in fashion history.

Here is our pick of the best:

British Vogue ft Rihanna

 

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Since he took over the fashion bible in December last year, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful has returned Vogue to its high fashion roots, and this stunning cover featuring Rihanna might just be his best cover yet! Outrageously Rihanna is the first black woman to grace the cover of the September issue in the magazine's 102-year history.

The avant-garde cover which sees the fashion icon, wearing orange gloves and a headpiece made entirely of fresh flowers was shot by famed photographer and Vogue favourite - Nick Knight. 

The focal point of the cover, however, is of course... the brows! If anyone can bring back uber thin pencilled on eyebrows, then Rihanna is the woman to do it.

 

GQ ft Riz Ahmed

 

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GQ's September issue set out to break the mould, by featuring Rogue One's Riz Ahmed on the cover alongside the headline 'The first brown bond?'. Shot by famed fashion photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, Riz is styled in the classic GQ look of a black tailored suit jacket with a white t-shirt.

The cover also talks about BDE... now that's a September issue.

 

Porter ft Lupita Nyong'o

 

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Academy award-winning actress and global style icon, Lupita Nyong'o is the cover star of Porter magazine's fall issue. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, the cover story focuses on celebrating Lupita's diverse heritage and embracing her natural beauty.

In one of two different covers for the magazine, Lupita wears models a look from the upcoming AW18 collection from Gucci. With luxe jewel-toned fabrics, shoulder pads and chunky gold jewellery, it seems that the 80's trend is here to stay.

 

Elle ft Slick Woods 

 

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For their groundbreaking sustainability issue, Elle chose to feature Rihanna's protegee Slick Woods as their cover star.

Shot by Paola Kudacki, it's great to see such a prominent fashion magazine use a female photographer to shoot their September issue cover. The focus on sustainable fashion is also very important, and the magazine promises to change the way you shop.

7 months pregnant, grinning with a shaven head - Slick Woods is far from the usual glossy magazine cover star and that's what makes it so great. 

 

InStyle ft Jennifer Aniston

 

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For their September issue cover, InStyle turned to America's sweetheart herself, Jennifer Aniston. The actress looks incredible in a black Michael Kors dress and Chanel jewellery. 

The fall fashion issue cover shows us that the classic black dress is something that we're always going to need in our wardrobes.

Jennifer used her platform of the September issue to discuss an issue she's tired of ignoring. For years people have questioned her decision to not have children and have assumed that she must be terribly lonely - but she's fine, she's happy and she's fabulous. 

 

Harper's Bazaar ft Kanye, Saint and North West 

 

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For their families that rock issue, what family would be better for the cover of Harper's Bazaar than the West's? Kanye and his two eldest children are styled on the September Issue cover by the icon fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld. Notably absent were Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian and their youngest child Chicago.

Styled in classic Kanye streetwear, it's clear that sports luxe is once again going to be a huge trend this AW18.

 

Marie Claire ft Zendaya

 

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Multi-talented actress and fashion's it girl of the moment Zendaya Coleman, looks every inch the sixties screen siren on the cover of Marie Claire.

The "Rebel with a cause" headline refers to her career as not only an actress - but an activist, speaking out on issues close to heart such as racism and feminism. 

Channelling Brigitte Bardot by teaming a backcombed beehive with a classic cat-eye and nude lip, Zendaya shows us that the sixties makeup look is well and truly back.

 

Vogue US ft Beyonce 

 

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For their most important issue of the year, Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour gave total creative control to their cover star - Beyonce.

The global icon broke down boundaries by choosing a black photographer to shoot her cover story. Tyler Mitchell is the first black photographer in Vogue's 126-year history to ever shoot a cover. 

Similarly to the British counterpart, US Vogue went for a floral headpiece for their cover - however, Beyonce's cover is more laid back and casual than Rihanna's high fashion, and we think they're both incredible. 

Which is your favourite cover?!

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