September issue season has officially begun! And it kicked off with a magazine cover featuring two stars who are about as high profile as you can get: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Harper's Bazaar selected the duo for the cover (their second together) of its September 2016 annual Icons issue. Karl Lagerfeld, who photographs many of the campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, and his namesake line, captured the couple in a close-up shot that's quite different from their first cover together, for Vogue's April 2014 issue.
Lagerfeld captured the Wests in their element for the spread, with multiple shots of the stars taking selfies, naturally, and West wearing duds from Dior, Yeezy, Prada, and Ralph Lauren Collection. Carine Roitfeld, the magazine's fashion director, told WWD, "Each season Stephen [Gan, the shoot's creative director] and I try to find icons who can make things more interesting." She continued, "This time we were thinking about Kim and Kanye. They are a controversial couple and they will not please everyone, but we like them because they are different and represent positivity."
The spread also features models Natasha Poly, Lara Stone, and Lindsey Wixson. The insightful interview portion with the couple covers everything from tweets to selfies to Yeezy to Kardashian West's first fashion meeting. (Spoiler alert: West fell asleep while it was in progress.)
Check out the cover below, and head to Harper's Bazaar to see the shoot in its entirety and read the interview (trust us when we say that you'll want to).
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Opening Image: Rex USA