GALLIANO’S DOUBLES?: John Galliano was off to play tennis in the south of France on Monday, despite a press report from London that he had collapsed over the weekend. A Christian Dior spokesman said Monday afternoon he was not aware of any such occurrence, and in fact said his Paris office had spoken to Galliano on Monday morning, when the designer had requested some materials be sent to him, and noted that Galliano was off to play a set. Perhaps doubles on the Riviera?

ASPREY’S STARRING ROLE: Asprey has become the latest fashion house to take on a famous face or two in its fall advertising campaign. Although investor Edgar Bronfman was said to be pursuing Gwyneth Paltrow for the part this spring, Asprey is expected to announce today that Keira Knightley, who turned heads with her roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Bend It Like Beckham,” will star in its upcoming shoot by Bruce Weber, breaking in November magazines. The campaign also will feature actor Joseph Fiennes and will coincide with the planned opening of Asprey’s new flagships in London and New York, showcasing the brand’s new look under a 40-member design team lead by Hussein Chalayan, Thierry de Baschmakoff and Alessandra Gradi.

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