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Balenciaga Shows Bags; Lily Cole’s French ‘Playboy’ Cover Revealed

• Nicolas Ghesquière included bags in his Balenciaga show yesterday for the first time. But it wasn’t the idea of business brass trying to sell, sell, sell — Ghesquière said he wanted to show purses to make the collection more wearable. [Heard on the Runway/WSJ]

Gemma Ward has been nominated for Best Actress by the Inside Film Awards in Australia for her performance in The Black Balloon. [WWD]

• The French Playboy with Lily Cole on the cover is out, as you see at right. The issue includes a fourteen-page sixties-themed “Sweet Lily” editorial by Xevi Muntane and interviews by Lily’s friends including Jean Paul Gaultier and Terry Gilliam. [Fashionologie]

• Julie de Libran designed for Miuccia Prada for ten years, but Louis Vuitton just stole her away and appointed her design director. [WWD]

• Lost dog alert: “Alessandra Ambrosio’s 4 pound maltese named Buddha got out and is lost. He is tie dyed [sic] blue and green and is lost please help in anyway possible. She loves her dog so much and there is a large reward if someone returns him. He was lost in Beverly Hills.” [Models Blog]

Balenciaga Shows Bags; Lily Cole’s French ‘Playboy’ Cover Revealed