Battle Of The September Issues!

It's that time of year again… Exalted in documentary form, collected by fashionphiles, and raised above all else by ad execs, fashion magazines' September issues have just graced newsstands this week. We carted the four biggest issues back to the office, diced 'em up, and are serving the important bits back to you, hot and fresh. Ahead, the stats worth noting, the pics we're seeing, and the September magazines worthy of your hard-earned bucks.
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Vogue

Cover Star: Kate Moss
Page Count: 758
Pages You Need To Flip In Order To Get To The Good Stuff: 234
Who Scored The $$$ Gatefold Ad: Ralph Lauren Romance

Most Sensational Headline: "A Will To Live: Ten Years After September 11, Lauren Manning Remembers Her Harrowing Near-Death Experience—And Her Battle To Survive."

Quote Presented Without Commentary: "'Sitting in geothermal heated water full of skin-nourishing minerals, silica, and algae made me feel like my lazy day was productive!”— Elettra Wiedmann in Reykjavik.
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Sparkly Miu Miu Sighting? Yep.
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Most Man-Repelling Outfit: Ralph Lauren Black Label dress and Cesare Paciotti goat-hair boots.
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Most Inspiring Image: Kate Moss in her stunningly detailed wedding gown.
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Zoolander Moment: Steve Meisel's editorial we lovingly titled, "Coneheads in a Waiting Room."
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Elle

Cover Star: Gwyneth Paltrow
Page Count: 556
Pages You Need To Flip In Order To Get To The Good Stuff: 182
Who Scored The $$$ Gatefold Ad: Lancôme

Most Sensational Headline: "Killing My Body To Save My Mind."

Quote Presented Without Commentary: "'How about we call someone who’s a believer in equal rights and respect for personal choice something like a… feminine-ista. Kinda like fashionista!” —Letter from the editor.
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Sparkly Miu Miu Sighting? Here they are!
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Most Man-Repelling Outfit: Jil Sander jacket, pants, and clutch. Marc Jacobs shirt.
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Most Inspiring Image: A new take on tropical apparel, the depth of color and pared-down accessories makes this Ferragamo outfit a standout.
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Zoolander Moment: Nothing like ruining a whole lotta fur on ice blocks.
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Harper's Bazaar

Cover Star: Lea Michele
Page Count: 510
Pages You Need To Flip In Order To Get To The Good Stuff: 70
Who Scored The $$$ Gatefold Ad: Estée Lauder

Most Sensational Headline: "What Has Michelle Bachman Done Right?"

Quote Presented Without Commentary: "'Imagine our surprise when Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton show, the day before the shoot, featured ‘maids’ with feather-dusters. It was a sign." —Letter from the editor.
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Sparkly Miu Miu Sighting? Of course.
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Most Man-Repelling Outfit: Chloé blouse and overalls.
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Most Inspiring Image: Reach for the stars! This starry, starry bright-as-day frock gets our eyes wide open.
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Zoolander Moment: Georgia May Jagger as Margaret Thatcher shot by Terry Richardson. Is that a plastic Halloween mask? What?
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Marie Claire

Cover Star: Sarah Jessica Parker
Page Count: 324
Pages You Need To Flip In Order To Get To The Good Stuff: 47
Who Scored The $$$ Gatefold Ad: Estée Lauder

Most Sensational Headline: "My Mom And I Share The Same Husband."

Quote Presented Without Commentary: "'Maybe if you showered more often you’d have a boyfriend.’" —Love advice given to Liz Meriwether by her guy friends.
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Sparkly Miu Miu Sighting? You bet.
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Most Man-Repelling Outfit: Alexander Wang hat, Louis Vuitton clutch, Haider Ackermann necklace.
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Most Inspiring Image: This easy, breezy black ensemble mixes business with the perfect amount of sex appeal.
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Zoolander Moment: Ruven Afanador's sleep-mask crusader.
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