Ugh, I think about 98% of the replies in this thread are about the use of Photoshop. While I don't condone it, it's definitely here to stay. So unless there's a photoshop disaster (this cover, to me, is quite the contrary: a photoshopped masterpiece), it's barely worth commenting on.
Sasha Pivovarova & Freja Beha Erichsen by Mario Sorrenti
W's September 2011 issue — which marks Edward Enninful's first full issue as the magazine's fashion and style director and Lori Goldstein's as style editor-at-large — doesn't hit newsstands until Aug. 23, but we've got a preview of its innards. Goldstein works with Guinevere van Seenus on a colorful, jewelry-centric spread; Mario Sorrenti captures Sasha Pivovarova and Freja Beha Erichsen in a comic book-bright piece; and Edward Enninful transforms Kristen Stewart into a bombshell for the issue's cover.
Among the September issue's other highlights: Steven Klein photographs Amber Valletta evolving from 20 to 120 years old with the help of prosthetic makeup; Tim Blanks profiles Phoebe Philo; Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott snap a fetishistic spread — with Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, and Tao Okamoto — inspired by Helmut Newton and The Night Porter; and Enninful, Steven Meisel, and makeup artist Pat McGrath collaborate on "Transformers," featuring models turned into heroines from the past. Think Linda Evangelista as Zizi Jeanmaire, Karen Elson as Judy Garland, Raquel Zimmermann as Babe Paley, and Jessica Stam as Gala Dali.
Jessica Stam by Meisel? Sounds fantastic also as Gala, wonder if it will be like Dali or Ernst portraied her, according to Faith_Akiyama there's also Sun Fei Fei so there might be more. I really dislike Sorrenti's editorial but both the Mert & Marcus and the Klein story sound intriguing too. I'm pretty excited for this issue now!