COMEBACK KID: Eric Bergere, who shuttered his ready-to-wear business last year, is hopping back into the fashion saddle. Aigle, an outdoorsy French brand popular with hunters, sailors and weekend warriors with milder pursuits, tapped Bergere to design a capsule collection of more urban styles for fall to help celebrate its 150th birthday. And Bergere’s signature brand will also be reborn in September in Japan. The designer just signed an agreement to design women’s and men’s shirts exclusively for the hip chain United Arrows.

SHORT RHYTHM: Bobby Short was spotted lunching with Casey Ribicoff and others on Friday at La Grenouille, but was somewhat singing the blues. Short walked in on a chic cane because he’s suffering from neuropathy in his foot. One drawback has been that Short hasn’t been able to walk his new dog, a black poodle. "It’s a real bore," he moaned of the affliction. "Especially for someone with my natural rhythm."

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