Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, and Tod's have confirmed that they will be sponsoring tables at the Gala. Due to the economic situation Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Alberta Ferretti have all SAID NOOO to buying tables this year. So instad of dropping a nice $75,000 to $250,000 on a table they will buy a seat for $5,000 to $10,000 each.
The theme this year? "The Model as Muse." Marc Jacobs is honorary chair. Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Justin Timberlake as co-chairs.
Models being the main focus and getting respect in fashion this year could also be another recession tactic. Less focus on celebrities is always budget friendly.