NEW YORK, Nov 13, 2008 / FW/ — It’s that time of year already when the Big Apple lights up for the holiday and Fergie, the Digital Duchess herself kicked off the 2008 Holiday Season with the unveiling of the custom-made designed 9.5 foot, 550 pound star, which is adorned with more than 25,000 Swarovski crystals, that will sit atop the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
The lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree also marked the start of the auction of miniature Swarovski stars that were designed by style-savvy trendsetters — Fergie, Jennifer Garner, Ellen DeGeneres, Teri Hatcher, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Rutherford, Kate Walsh, Maria Bello, Dita Von Teese, Forest and Keisha Whitaker, Jane Kaczmarek, and Cate Adair along with the entire Desperate Housewives cast.
These dazzling creations will be auctioned off at www.clothesoffourback.org from November 12 through December 10 and will benefit Clothes Off Our Back, a non-profit organization that contributes to children’s charities.
Also, Swarovski is donating $250,000 from the sales of its Annual Edition holiday ornament to Clothes Off Our Back to benefit children’s charities worldwide through charity auctions of today’s hottest celebrity attire.
“I’m happy being a part of this Swarovski program as celebrities and designers come together offering their talents to benefit the lives of children in positive ways,” said Fergie. “Swarovski’s partnership with Clothes Off Our Back brings cheer to children across the globe.”
Taking 12 weeks to design and over 2,500 hours to create, the largest star ever to adorn the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree — the Swarovski Star — glistens with more than 25,000 crystals and required a team of 15 designers, engineers, crystal makers, lighting consultants and construction technicians in both Austria and New York.
Still, it is not just the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree that made the elves at Swarovski busy this year. The annual Swarovski Christmas ornament is already available only and at stores nationwide and retails for $75.
For retail locations, call 1-800-426-3088 or visit www.swarovski.com.
Photos courtesy of Swarovski