This is not the first time the Forbidden City has been the backdrop for a fashion event: The Tai Miao imperial family gardens on the outer edge of the Forbidden City — where Yamamoto's show is scheduled — were most recently used for a runway show in the ninth season of "America's Next Top Model."
PHILO FACTS?: Speculation is heating up in Europe that Phoebe Philo, out of the spotlight since she exited Chloé two years ago, is hungry for a deal that would get her back in the fashion game. Sources said the London-based designer has recently been in talks with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton about a collaboration, possibly a signature collection or a design role at Celine. The likelihood of a deal could not be learned, but it is understood Philo's salary and other demands have been stumbling blocks in talks with LVMH — and previously with other potential partners, including Compagnie Financière Richemont. Officials at Celine and LVMH declined comment on Thursday, and Philo could not be reached for comment. Since resigning from Chloé to devote time to her two young children, Philo has done consulting work at Gap in Europe while plotting a possible comeback.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: All eyes will be on French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy next week when she and President Nicolas Sarkozy pay a state visit to the U.K. as guests of the Queen at Windsor Castle. Bets are on in Paris that Christian Dior and Chanel will be among the labels the pop singer and former model will wear during a busy program that includes a state banquet; a lunch with her English counterpart, Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and a visit to the Old Royal Naval College.