Beyonce Knowles sizzles on the cover of the July 2011 edition of W Magazine wearing a Louis Vuitton top and hat with a Givenchy silk satin bra which was captured by Patrick Demarchelier.

The rest of her editorial sees her wearing Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Gucci Fall 2011 pieces.

In her interview she shares why she named her new album, “4″ plus her vision and inspiration for the tracks.

You can read the whole “Fierce, Fearless, Female” interview at WMagazine.com.

Here are some extracts:

On deciding on the feel of a video as she sings a song: “When I sing a song, I definitely have the image for the video in my mind. I kind of hear the choreography that will be in the video, and I can see how I’ll look, even before anyone – the record company, the director – has heard the song.”

On her new album titled 4: “The fans have named the album 4. And four is my favorite number. It’s an important number in my life: the date of my birthday, my mom’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, the day I got married. Barack Obama is the 44th president, and I performed ‘At Last’ by Etta James at his inauguration.”

On wanting to move out of her comfort zone on 4: “I wanted this record to come from a raw place. Playing Etta James in the movie ­Cadillac Records really changed me. It was a darker character, and I realized that if anything is too comfortable, I want to run from it. It’s no fun being safe.”

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bra, skirt, glasses and necklace

Louis Vuitton jacket, shorts, hat, mask, gloves, socks and shoes

Nina Ricci bra and briefs and Gucci shrug. Louis Vuitton hat, mask and boots; Solange Azagury-Partridge necklace

Dolce & Gabbana dress, Philip Treacy beret, Munnu/The Gem Palace earrings

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bra, Atsuko Kudo briefs and Marc Jacobs top. Marc Jacobs headband; Ofira earrings; Prabal Gurung gloves; Louis Vuitton belt, socks and shoes; Wolford hoisery

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci sweater, skirt, cap and shoes. Lorraine Schwartz earrings; David Yurman ring.

Marc Jacobs’s cotton and silk lace blouse; Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s silk satin bra; Louis Vuitton’s leather and fur shorts. Marc Jacobs beret; David Yurman’s silver, black rhodium, and diamond earrings; de Grisogono’s 18k white gold and diamond cuff; Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shoes.