Oscar fashion's secret weapon

Forget the Oscar nominees.

Today comes also the hot announcement that style seer Tom Julian will return for his 11th year on Oscar.com. So what, you say? Shows what little you know.

Tom Julian

Fact is that Julian is the fashion world's secret weapon. His interactive Oscar fashion coverage is a hot spot for everyone in the fashion and entertainment worlds, and its also great for anyone who wants a broader knowledge of the hot new looks and the classic history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annual fashion show. Sorry, awards show.

For fashion journalists, the site is invaluable because it's the only one to date with a star-by-star multi-image retrospective of actresses' changing looks in the Evolution of Style gallery.

Just think: Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, back then, then and now. It's better than a time machine.

Plus the main gallery also features three (!) views of all the actresses so you can check out the sexy side and slinky back views. How often have you wanted to do that? Like, a lot, right?

And there's more! Julian was in town last week shooting streaming video interviews with top designers, in-the-know design house experts and top stylists for an inside track on the hot Oscar looks. Just up, Escada's Brian Rennie. Soon to come, Wanda McDaniels, Giorgio Armani's right hand gal in Hollywood, Carmen Marc Valvo and Marc Bouwer.

"Tom Julian has brought his television programming expertise to Oscar.com and we can now fully tell the style story that we have been aspiring to tell for the last few years. We are incredibly happy to have him onboard again as fashion authority and web host for the 11th consecutive year," says Harry Lin, VP of ABC.com, which also produces Oscar.com.

And this isn't even his day job. Julian was recently named senior VP, strategic director of trends, for McCann Erickson. The Big Apple-based company is a leading U.S. advertising agency and part of the McCann Worldgroup, one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world.

Full confession time: I've known and worked with Julian for 20 years. I call him my fashion world "Deep Throat." Oops. Now his cover's totally blown.

Photo: Tom Julian takes the fashion helm again at Oscar.com.
(Oscar.com)

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