The magazine world is really delivering this September. A star roster of supermodels covers Vogue, Rihanna looks wild on W, and now Beyoncé is dropping jaws with her CR Fashion Book spotlight. The glossy’s fifth issue comes out on September 4 – Queen Bey’s birthday, obviously – with a high-fashion spread devoted to the culture-dominating idol. And yes, it even includes a very chic Chanel surfboard. Excuse me, surfbort.

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Image via New York Magazine: The Cut

The front cover teases with a sequined mask covering Beyoncé’s face. On the opposite side she appears in all her glory, wearing a voluminous floral Yohji Yamamoto garment. Inside, the Carine Roitfeld–led magazine opted for a prose poem, written by the singer, instead of an article. The rest of the spread, shot by Pierre Debusschere, displays looks from Comme des Garçons, CÉLINE, and Saint Laurent.

Last month, critics debated whether or not Mrs. Carter is a fashion icon. I’m pretty sure this feature puts those questions to rest.

Read more over on New York Magazine: The Cut.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 28, 2014

Ah, September: the biggest month of the year as far as fashion and our favorite glossies go. We expect magazines to pull out all the stops in these mega issues, and this year they certainly don’t disappoint. Today, Vogue confirmed that its September cover boasts not one, but three of-the-moment models. The interior spread expands to show six more, for a total count of nine dazzling women.

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Image via Vogue.com

Not only were these cover girls chosen for their prowess in front of the lens, but Vogue also dubs them “the Instagirls,” a generation of social media–savvy models rapidly building their own personal brands. From left to right, you see Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss (all on the cover itself), followed by Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu.

The sunny spread, filled with striking fall textiles, was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. If this layout looks familiar, it might be because ten years ago the magazine also featured nine supermodels (including Gisele Bündchen and Daria Werbowy) on its September issue cover, photographed by Steven Meisel.

With major titles (Vogue and W included) hinting at a new class of top models, I suspect that Karlie and Cara are reaching the level of 90s-era Cindy and Kate. Except now they’re not just household names – their fandom extends throughout the Internet, too.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 2014