Flame-haired Brit model Lily Cole is the latest testament to the indisputable superiority of French *Playboy* over the *frommage*-filled American original. Her *Lolita*-like cover pose – and the 14-pg. spread inside – is inspired by style icon Serge Gainsbourg’s 1971 concept album *Histoire de Melody Nelson*. In a nutshell, the plotline involves Gainsbourg plowing his vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost into a teenage nymphet’s bicycle as a prelude to seduction.

Ms. Cole does have a thing for suave older musicians in real life, having dated the great Bryan Ferry. Currently however, despite the nudie pix (not to mention Chanel and Hermes campaigns), she’s concentrating on an undergraduate art history degree at Cambridge University. Apparently she’s so intent on her studies that she recently declined to star opposite MOTH Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s upcoming remake of *Alice in Wonderland*. And yes, Depp plays the Mad Hatter.



  • Jared Paul Stern