It's officially fall — in the pages of our favorite magazines, that is. The highly anticipated September issues are out on newsstands and we've been watching closely as the fashion glossies rolled out their buzziest covers, flashiest editorials and most Insta-ready casts of celebrities and models. There were some pervasive trends — a strong showing from the Hadids and Jenners, Balenciaga puffer jackets, menswear-inspired editorials — but our favorite shoots, interviews, casts and styling stood out from the pack. (As did the snooziest, least original features.)
Read on for our breakdown of the 2016 September issues, in superlatives.
Best Cover: Kaia Gerber on 'Pop,' photographed by Charlotte Wales, styled by Charlotte Collet
Best Cover Editorial: Rihanna in 'W' photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful, makeup and tattoos by Pat McGrath
Most Pages: 'Vogue'
Best Bella Hadid: 'Vogue' Paris photographed by Mert & Marcus
Best Minimalism: Kristen Stewart in 'T' Magazine photographed by Karim Sadli and styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Least Original Coverline: 'Génération Instagirls' by 'Vogue' Paris
Most Magical Photography: Ryan McGinley in 'Vogue' China
Most Surprising Cover: Tavi Gevinson on 'Teen Vogue,' styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Inez and Vinoodh
Snooziest Cover: Jessica Alba on 'Allure'
Best Interview Pairing: Gloria Steinem and Amandla Stenberg in 'Teen Vogue'
Best Profile: Linda Wells on Pat McGrath in 'New York' Magazine
Best Casting: New York City Waitresses Model Fall Clothes in 'New York' Magazine photographed by Bobby Doherty, styled by Rebecca Ramsey and cast by Boom Productions Inc., Tirzah Brott and Marisa Chafetz
Most Impressive Guest Writer: President Obama for 'Glamour'
Most Likely to be Ripped Out And Taped on Walls: 'Power' in 'W' Magazine photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Edward Enninful
Most Clever: Designers in Masks for 'Harper's Bazaar' photographed by Martin Schoeller
Best Outtake: Chris Pratt in 'InStyle' photographed by Thomas Whiteside
Best Portfolio of Cool Women: 'Glamour'
Best Designer Portrait: Demna Gvasalia photographed by Annie Leibovitz in 'Vogue'
Best Throwback: Preview of 'Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue' in 'Vogue'
Best Puffer Jackets: 'Polar Vortex' photographed by Cedric Buchet and styled by David Vandewal in 'Elle'
Best Hed Pun: 'Linked In' photographed by Duy Vo and styled by Jordy Huinder in 'InStyle'