Following, WWD’s annual list of the people who upped the volume on the Oscar buzz:
FIVE-STAR STYLISTS: Clare and Nina Hallworth, referred to in Hollywood simply as “The Twins,” broke out as the Oscars’ most in-demand stylists, dressing Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon, among others. They eschewed the social parties completely and stuck to the task at hand, while other stylists busily worked L’Ermitage and the dinner circuit. Other contenders for top stylist honors: L’Wren Scott, who did Nicole Kidman and Marisa Tomei; and Jessica Paster, who dressed Marcia Gay Harden, Helen Mirren and Naomi Watts.
MYSTERY MAN: Hedi Slimane was in town but kept such a low profile that hardly anyone knew it. But those who did couldn’t help but wonder at press time if he would use the Oscars to launch his women’s line.
SPARKLE PLENTY: The most original promotional idea of the week had to belong to Swarovski, whose team — headed by London-based Nadia Swarovski — drove around town on orange-and-white crystal covered scooters all week.
BEST SPONSOR: Dave Pinsky, head of Motorola’s entertainment division. During the week of parties no sponsor pulled more stars to its side than he did at the IFP’s. Sitting with him front and center at the Motorola table were: Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Heather Graham, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Ah, the power of free phones.
FASHION INSIDER: Not only was Cameron Silver, owner of hip L.A. vintage boutique Decades, sold out of nearly every vintage gown he owned by week’s end, he played host to the Emanuel Ungaro haute couture collection at the boutique, and gave trunk shows for both Benjamin Cho and Imitation of Christ.
BEAUTY PEOPLE: Serge Normant for traveling from New York to L.A. to do Julia Roberts’ hair last year and this. Peter Coppola, for making such a splash as an Oscar first-timer that he’s thinking seriously of opening a West Coast salon. And Chanel, whose beauty division took its L’Ermitage suite to a whole new level with Susan Sterling, its international makeup artist and Frederic Fekkai offering gratis services.
POWER PRS: Chanel’s Anne Fahey, Valentino’s Dennis Wong, Dior’s Amy Raiter, Gucci’s Mary Beth Schmitt, Versace’s Jason Weisenfeld and Marcus Ebner, YSL’s Charlotte Sprintis, Armani’s Wanda McDaniel, Ralph Lauren’s Crystal Moffat Lourd, Missoni’s Nancy MacNamara, Harry Winston’s Carol Brodie and Katy Sweet, Balenciaga’s Pierre Rougier, Full Picture’s Jill Chayet, and Marilyn Heston’s MHA team for Jimmy Choo, MAC and Vidal Sassoon, were everywhere and anywhere, making it all happen behind the seams.
HOSTS WITH THE MOST: Michele Lamy, fashionable proprietress of Les Deux Cafe, hosted the most and best attended fashion biz dinners of the week, starting with Versace, then the Harry Winston crew, and winding up Friday with Alberta Ferretti and Marla Sabo of Christian Dior. Jacqui Getty charmingly hosted two events, Michel Comte’s Red Cross event Tuesday night and the WWD Oscar party Wednesday.