Sweet Summer Sixteen. The Summer Issue is here! Featuring Grimes, Zendaya, Winnie Harlow, Sasha lane and more.

Across our summer issue, the stars align and whether they’re established or emerging, they all have something to say — and more importantly — something worth listening to.

In the aftermath of her fifth album, we dressed up pop music’s most avant-garde asset, Grimes AKA Claire Boucher for a Louis Vuitton feature, shot by Joyce NG. The artist talks about the evolution of Art Angels with Jack Sunnucks via strippers, surrealist music video sets and learning how to tour alongside Lana Del Rey.

We catch up with Disney’s most clued-up kid, Zendaya Coleman, the teenage actor turned activist who’s schooling the world wide web on the media’s mistreatment and misrepresentation of women and teaching us all general good manners. GQ Style’s resident Fashion Editor Gary Armstrong sent the young role model clambering up a tree in Ashish all in the name of style.

Also stateside, we turned to photography icon Deanna Templeton to help us introduce actor Sasha Lane to the world for her first ever feature, ahead of her debut on screen appearance as Star, in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey.

Our Fashion Editor Matthew Josephs and his Sovereign collaborator Phoebe Collings-James get information and get in #formation, taking inspiration from pop’s newly politicised powerhouse Beyoncé and presenting a portfolio of talents and beauty from people of colour. Expect enlightening opinions from the likes of spiritual and political activist Jay Kirton, photographer Ronan McKenzie, poet James Massiah and musician Gaika who warns, “We’re celebrating the destruction of ourselves.”

Inside, Winnie Harlow unshackles herself from the “spokesperson” tag she’s been labelled with and explains her involvement in Lemonade that almost didn’t come to be. We delve deep into Hedi Slimane’s final fantasy, tracing back over four years at the top and talk to his clan of cool kids about their most treasured Saint Laurent moments. The designers breathing a new lease of life into New York’s fashion landscape have their say and we analyse how Vaquera NYC, Gypsy Sport and Ottolinger are stirring up the US style capital’s stagnant scene. Finally, the Famous Five, Fifth Harmony relive X Factor drama and tell us about their trip to the White House.

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