THE PLAYERS
FOLLOWING, THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS BEHIND THE SEAMS OF THIS YEAR’S OSCAR FASHION HOOPLA.

Madeline Leonard
The Cloutier Agency’s number one booker landed her best hair and makeup artists with the top nominees and presenters. She also made sure their personalities paired up well and kept on top of their long days and frequent bookings.

Andrea Lieberman
Jennifer Lopez’s fave stylist got to the cream of the crop dresses for the new darling of the designers — since everybody knows J. Lo likes to have options.

Carri McClure and Cheryl Maizell
The PMK publicists who held Marcia Gay Harden’s and Laura Linney’s hands through their first Oscar experience, they cleverly negotiated both actresses to the best hair and makeup people and made sure they came through as real actresses first, style mavens second.

Jessica Paster
The perennial Oscar stylist who’s dressed Cate Blanchett and Kim Basinger worked this year with Marcia Gay Harden, Joan Allen, Christine Taylor (wife of Ben Stiller) and even had time to check in with Amy Madigan and more. She used her new house in the Hollywood Hills as a mega-showroom.

Ted Kruckel of Ted Inc.
New York PR maven Ted Kruckel headed a super-suite in L’Ermitage, housing clients as wildly diverse as Lolita Lempicka, Herve Leger, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vivienne Westwood fragrances, Adrienne Landau shawls, Helena Rubinstein treatments, Suarez bags, Lambertson Truex and Diane Von Furstenberg. He hosted a party for Food and Wine magazine at Moomba and another on the hotel’s roof.

Marilyn Heston
Heston once again flew around town, cell phone attached to ear, hosting teas for Jimmy Choo, placing MAC artists with stars, and getting clients to Sassoon’s L’Ermitage suite. She got Dior dresses, stockings and handbags on party-going starlets. Somewhere in there she had time to work with Lulu Guinness bags.

Wanda McDaniel
Armani’s PR priestess worked out of the Rodeo Drive door with Armani men’s wear honcho Barry Frediani, ensuring Giorgio guys Russell Crowe, Warren Beatty and Ed Harris looked their best, as well as a younger crop of new Armani fans. The hugely popular McDaniel also hosted a great pre-Oscar dinner at Ago.

Stephanie Hamada and Anne Crawford
Tod’s New York PR whiz and their L.A. staffer managed to open Diego Della Valle’s new Tod’s shop on Rodeo, host Moomba’s first celebrity-packed dinner and get their shoes and bags on every celeb in town for one event or another.

Troy Nankin
The BWR publicist took the task of pulling presenter Hilary Swank’s look together into his own hands, and worked with the folks at Paris and Milan design houses directly.

Carol Brodie and Katy Sweet
Harry Winston’s top PR woman and Hollywood’s fave publicist double-teamed for HW as usual and hosted one of the best pre-Oscar dinners in town. And the diamonds weren’t bad, either. Nor was their sense of humor.

Sandra Graham
Freelancing for Randolph Duke, she put together his lovely fall show at the late Tony Duquette’s manse and presented the collection to stylists and celebs in a far more exotic locale than L’Ermitage.

Carlos Souza and Dennis Wong
The men behind Valentino’s Hollywood presence, they put lace couture creations on Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Hurley at the most fashionable events that lead up to the Oscars.

Melody Korenbrot
The powerhouse of the art-house movie publicists, she was the mover behind every step Ellen Burstyn and Bjork took toward their final Oscar looks.