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.

ANIMAL KINGDOM:
When Hugo Boss opened its Chelsea showroom for an animal-themed party last week, several guests attempted to get some face time with a pair of adorable male monkeys, which, to their surprise, hissed and screamed at all the women who approached, even model Mini Anden, yet they cuddled up to several men like actor Yuls Vasquez from “Bad Boys II.” But didn’t Cheetah always prefer Tarzan to Jane?

PIER-ING WEST: Pier 59 Studios is taking its Chelsea operations to the West Coast, with a 30,000-square-foot, five-studio space opening in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station this fall. The new Pier 59 West will also house AFG Management LA, which plans to rep its edgy New York-based photographers like Diego Uchitel, Rangit and Greg Lotus in Los Angeles. In addition, Joanne Salt, vice president of parent company Art and Fashion Group and photography director of AFG Management, will be in town Aug. 8-15 and wants to hire directors to staff its new hair and makeup, styling, and production divisions. “We have the money and we’re looking to hire or steal the best people,” she said. “The anticipation of us opening in L.A. is like a thousand bulls behind a door and one person trying to keep it closed.”TRACEY TAKES ON: Marshall Field’s has landed an appropriately fashionable hostess for the launch of its Glamorama benefit on Friday in Minneapolis. Tracey Ullman, the comic and fashion entrepreneur, will host along with Us Magazine the store’s annual fund-raiser for cancer research and the arts, which will continue to its Chicago location with an event on Aug. 8 at the Chicago Theatre. Also on tap are performances from Bond and Uncle Kracker.

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