September is a big deal in the magazine world, and that is for one reason and one reason only – FASHION. September marks the start of a new season of clothes, shoes, accessories and all things we love about fashion. Here are 10 reasons why you need a copy of the Fashion Issue. Go ahead and treat yo’self.

1. BELLA HADID IS OUR COVER STAR

Arguably the most stylish person in the world right now, Bella Hadid graces the cover of our issue. And what better way to celebrate fashion than delve into the lives of the people who strut it down the catwalk – we take a look at the models of the moment, including South African beauties who have taken the runway world by storm.

2. WE INTERPRET THE SPRING TRENDS

Our fashion girls have put together a definitive guide to dressing this spring – definitely my favourite time of the year for clothes. You get the best of all seasons in spring, with the beautiful weather allowing you to wear summer and winter favourites all at once. Featuring everything from must-have sliders to retro essentials and stripes, our spring trend report has it all.

3. FYI: YELLOW IS THE NEW ‘IT’ COLOUR

Who knew you could wear yellow make-up and still look like a respectable woman? We show you how to perfect the most optimistic trend of the SS17 shows in New York, Milan, Paris and London. And the best part? It literally suits every skin tone… You’re welcome.

4. ‘ARRESTED FOR WEARING A SHORT SKIRT’: REPORTAGE YOU NEED TO KNOW

Your eyes haven’t deceived you, you read that right. Find out in which country you’re likely to land yourself a criminal record, or at the very least, a whopping fine or public humiliation, simply for wearing a miniskirt. (Huh?)

5. A LOOK AT SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION AT ITS BEST

Rich Mnisi. If you appreciate fashion and this name doesn’t immediately register as familiar, well, you’ve been sorely missing out. Rich Mnisi is one of South Africa’s most talented designers. His clothing celebrates African culture and heritage to the utmost, but with a Rich twist. ‘Our African heritage is multifaceted and it is important that I explore what relates to me and what I grew up seeing,’ says Rich. You can (and should) read more of this interview in our pages.

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6. MEET REAL WOMEN WHO SAID A BIG, FAT ‘NO’ TO ABUSE

At a time when femicide is on the public’s mind and is the (necessary) topic of many conversations, three brave women speak to us about their individual experiences of abuse at the hands of their partners, and we learn that abuse comes in many forms – all as equally damaging as each other.

7. GET TO KNOW AMANDA BLACK

In Edwain Steenkamp’s exclusive interview with the SAMA-award-winning artist, we see a side of Amanda Black we haven’t ever known before. She speaks candidly about her road to success, her childhood memories and her love of Ouma Buttermilk Rusks.

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8. PORN CAN LITERALLY ALTER YOUR BRAIN

Watching porn is not something to be ashamed of. As with everything in life, though, moderation is key, and research shows that too much porn can be a bad thing. Read how porn can change the way your brain functions and how to identify if you or your partner is addicted.

9. FRESH FACES

We are always on the hunt for new talent and The September Issue is the perfect platform to find it. We meet the 16 Fresh Faces finalists, who are new to the world of modelling and feature in a fun 90s-inspired fashion editorial.

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10. Channelling your best self for the new season

Spring has arrived in a flash – just when you think you have the whole of winter to prep your body and mind for the warmer months, they’re suddenly here, and you’re late to the party. Well fear not; our wellness feature gives you all the best tips and tricks for a revived you.

Don’t miss out – get a copy of the September issue of Marie Claire, on sale now.