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Swarovski's starry, starry night in London

19. October 2007

Swarovski Fashion Rocks returned to the Royal Albert Hall in London on 18 October. The fashion and music extravaganza, held in aid of The Prince's Trust, featured shows by international designers accompanied by performances from the world’s top music artists.

Following massive success in London in 2003 and Monaco in 2005, this year’s Swarovski Fashion Rocks, hosted by Hollywood greats Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, was even more glittering and star-studded than ever.

Acts including Dame Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys, Lily Allen, Joss Stone, and Razorlight provided the soundtrack for the various catwalk segments from top designers such as Armani, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent.

Kate Moss, working with TopShop, designed a special 1920’s-inspired gown for the evening, which sparkled with over 60,000 Swarovski crystals. The dress will now be auctioned off for charity.

Whitney Houston also stunned guests with a surprise appearance. The singer amazed the audience when she walked on stage at London 's Albert Hall in a stunning diamante-encrusted white Valentino gown to introduce the final catwalk show of the night after secretly flying in from New York.

Swarovski, the world’s largest producer of cut crystal for fashion was proud to sponsor Fashion Rocks for a second time. Nadja Swarovski, vice-president of international communications for Swarovski, said: “As Swarovski crystals have been part of the fashion and music industries since the beginning of the last century, from the early days of Chanel and Dior to the album covers and tours of Beyoncé and Madonna, this event has particular relevance to Swarovski.”

Swarovski Fashion Rocks for The Prince's Trust will be screened on Channel 4 on Saturday 20 October at 10.30pm.

About Swarovski

Over 100 years ago, Daniel Swarovski I, a Bohemian inventor and visionary, moved to the village of Wattens in the Austrian Tyrol with his newly-invented machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewellery stones. From these beginnings, which revolutionised the fashion world, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal, for fashion, jewellery and more recently lighting, architecture and interiors. Today, the company, still based in Wattens, family-owned and run by 4th and 5th generation family members, has a global reach, with some 20,000 employees, a presence in over 120 countries and a turnover in 2006 of 2.37 billion euros. Swarovski comprises two major divisions, one producing and selling loose crystals to the industry and the other creating design-driven finished products.