Style.com’s most-viewed parties and events of 2005.
The fashion world loves a good party. But celebrations and parties took on a new meaning this year as many became fund-raisers for relief efforts after the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Several of the top 10 parties from style.com raised funds for the victims of those catastrophes, while others, such as the Seventh on Sale gala, generated donations for AIDS awareness. Style.com’s ranking, which tallied top parties of 2005 by the amount of visits to each party page on its Web site, also included red-carpet events such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes, while fashion weeks around the world, including New York and Milan, made the top 10, as well.
1. Costume Institute Party of the Year
Total page views: 4,260,343
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala and tribute to Chanel in May drew many of Hollywood’s leading women, despite the sour weather. Nicole Kidman, in a Chanel gown made for her by Karl Lagerfeld — her date and co-host — greeted guests with Lagerfeld. Jennifer Connelly, Selma Blair and Claire Danes all made appearances, along with Jessica Simpson, who was smashing in a revealing strapless by Michael Kors. Many, of course, turned up wearing Chanel — from vintage (Rachel Weisz) to new (Vanessa Paradis and Kidman).
2. 2005 CFDA Awards
Page views: 3,039,841
The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 24th annual awards ceremony in June was in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library. In the reception hall, awards were handed out to some of the industry’s most influential figures. David Bowie presented the Award for Fashion Influence to Kate Moss. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Diane von Furstenberg, who thanked her family, friends and generations of women who have worn her dresses “with a smile,” according to style.com. Vera Wang took home the evening’s final statuette for the year’s top women’s wear designer.
3. 2005 Academy Awards
Page views: 1,913,346
The box office has noticeably struggled in the past year, but the 77th Annual Academy Awards still managed to attract 42.1 million viewers. While that number was down slightly from 2004, it is a 27 percent increase from 2003, when only 33 million tuned in. This year, it was unlikely that viewers were disappointed by Hollywood’s biggest names strutting their stuff on the red carpet. Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett and Hilary Swank wore winners on the carpet, as well: Blanchett stood out in a yellow Valentino couture gown, and Swank broke the rules in her backless navy Guy Laroche.
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4. Fashion for Relief Runway Show and Party
Page views: 1,214,667
Though New York Fashion Week is one of the busiest for designers and celebrities, they took time to support raising money for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Naomi Campbell joined 7th on Sixth and the MAC AIDS Fund on Sept. 14 to present a variety of clothing donated by designers. Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne joined old and new models as they strutted the runway in styles full of color, V-necks and little dresses, all of which were being auctioned on Yahoo.com.
5. 2005 Golden Globe Awards
Page views: 1,208,125
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards were a blast from the past as Natalie Portman arrived in a Chloé flapper dress, and Renée Zellweger and Eva Longoria donned mini cocktail dresses by Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, respectively. And Uma Thurman appeared in Dior, representing the drape of the Grecian era. In support of this theme, Teri Hatcher was far from desperate, as she looked stunning in Donna Karan and celebrated a solo win for Best Actress in a Television Comedy and an ensemble win for Best Television Series for “Desperate Housewives.”
6. Fall 2005 New York Fashion Week Parties: Part 1
Page views: 1,046,844
The popularity of New York Fashion Week compelled style.com to break up the slew of parties and events into three sections. For part one, parties such as Another Magazine’s bash at the Hotel Gansevoort’s eatery, Ono, and the Model Citizens’ party at Leisure Time Bowl were profiled. Model Citizens is a charity that was founded by Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow and Kirsty Hume. The party was thrown as a fund-raiser for children affected by the tsunami. And the hot ticket of the week, Marc Jacobs (whose collection garnered the most page views for style.com in the 12 days after it was posted), threw his after party at 24 Fifth Avenue. Anna Sui, Drew Barrymore and Zoe Cassavetes attended, among others.
7. Fall 2005 New York Fashion Week Parties: Part 3
Page views: 1,035,963
No matter that Jennifer Lopez was a no-show for her own after party following the debut of her line, Sweetface — viewers still flocked to style.com to find out about the soiree. Zac Posen threw his gala at the Four Seasons, with a little help from Interview magazine, MAC cosmetics and close pals, from Shannen Doherty and Vivica A. Fox to Sean Combs and Ashanti. And, following Calvin Klein’s show, which WWD described as an “effort pulsed with the essential ingredients of experimentation: surprise, mistakes and, most of all, confidence,” designer Francisco Costa partied at Indochine, flanked by guests Hilary Swank and Claire Danes.
8. Spring 2006 Milan Parties
Page views: 1,009,960
Fashion week in Milan was somewhat chaotic for show goers, designers and the press because of a schedule shortened to six days from seven, horrid traffic and intense security. But that didn’t stop the celebrations from happening all over town. Even Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, couldn’t resist Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s 20th anniversary soiree, which also attracted guests such as Elizabeth Hurley, Chloë Sevigny, Eva Mendes and Patrick Demarchelier (along with 2,000 others). The week closed with an elegant fund-raiser for the Fashion Fund, hosted by Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani and Vogue’s Anna Wintour, in an 18th-century church.
9. Seventh on Sale Online gala and second annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner
Page views: 994,570
Designers Dolce & Gabbana and stars Jennifer Lopez and Joy Bryant joined their peers as they flocked to Skylight Studios for this shopping event, which was held to raise money for the fight against AIDS and HIV. And though the focus was on the charity, the metallic evening dresses and winter white furs stood out on Anna Wintour and Scarlett Johansson in Calvin Klein. Members of the Lauren clan, including Ralph himself, also attended. As for the awards, the $200,000 grand prize went to the men in black of Trovata, who gave new meaning to a “black-and-white” event with white sneakers.
10. 2005 Emmy Awards
Page views: 981,146
Black was back at this year’s Emmy Awards, as Charlize Theron, Jennifer Garner and host Ellen DeGeneres showed the extent of the color’s style and sophistication. Black and other dark solid colors reflected the feeling of fall, while some actresses took their cues from the various spring 2006 fashion weeks, wearing floral prints and strapless gowns. Felicity Huffman won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, but all the Desperate Housewives, including Marcia Cross in an emerald Elie Saab, sparkled on the red carpet.
Source: Style.com; All total page views as of Dec. 16