By  on December 28, 2006

So many parties, so little time. The fashion world partied everywhere in 2006, but some of the biggest of the best can be found on the ranking below of the soirees and events that generated the most hits on Style.com. In fact, a number of the rankings include more than just one event, such as the slew of festivities held during New York Fashion Week, and the numerous after parties following the Academy Awards. But few can argue with the excitement generated by the number-one ranked gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Exhibit — its name says it all.

THE COSTUME INSTITUTE PARTY OF THE YEAR
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'Twas a star-studded eve last May at the opening gala for the Met's Costume Institute exhibit, "AngloMania." Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was the host, as always, while celebs were "all gussied up in vivid designer frocks," said WWD. Jennifer Lopez wore Versace, Sarah Jessica Parker was clad in Alexander McQueen (at left with the designer) and Scarlett Johansson arrived with Stella McCartney, wearing Stella McCartney. Plenty of British designers were also in attendance, including John Galliano, Manolo Blahnik, Luella Bartley and Burberry's Christopher Bailey. The event raised $4.5 million — understandably so, since table prices ranged from $50,000 to $150,000.

2006 ACADEMY AWARDS RED CARPET
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Oscar's red carpet should never be missed by fashion lovers. This year, Supporting Actress winner Rachel Weisz chose an Empire-waisted Narciso Rodriguez gown, while Best Actress winner Reese Witherspoon appeared in a sparkly vintage Christian Dior dress. Nominees Keira Knightley, seen left, and Michelle Williams wore Vera Wang; Nicole Kidman showed up in a beaded Balenciaga piece, and her friend Naomi Watts wore a one-shoulder Givenchy. One-shouldered dresses, floor-sweeping trains and silver and gold gowns were all hot red carpet trends this time around.

2006 GOLDEN GLOBES
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"There's been talk about the lack of strong roles for women in film this awards season, but there was no shortage of memorable dresses on the Golden Globes red carpet," reported Style.com. This year, both black and white dresses ruled, like Sarah Jessica Parker in a tiered lace gown by Olivier Theyskens for Rochas and Renée Zellweger in Carolina Herrera. Another hit: red. Laura Linney and Geena Davis both reflected the carpet's color in their gowns, with mixed success, along with Jennifer Garner, who appeared in vintage Valentino couture. Michelle Williams, seen here, opted for a purple Givenchy Couture number.2006 CFDA FASHION AWARDS
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Francisco Costa took home the women's wear designer of the year award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Awards in June, while Thom Browne scored the men's wear award. Attendees may also remember the lengthy speeches and performances that caused the party to end late. No matter, since guests could stare at each other: Jessica Simpson showed off her assets in a Michael Kors, Penélope Cruz dazzled in Marchesa and Alicia Keys — who performed "The Way You Look Tonight" with John Legend — appeared in Vera Wang. Two other showstoppers: Karl Lagerfeld and Lindsay Lohan (seen here wearing Lagerfeld Collection, with the designer), who arrived together in a gigantic black minibus.

ACADEMY AWARDS AFTER PARTIES
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Festivities in this category included pre-Oscar bashes. The Weinstein clan welcomed the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Sienna Miller, George Clooney and George Lucas to its fete at the Pacific Design Center, while earlier in the week, partygoers flocked to the opening of Christopher Wool's show at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. The crowd included Kirsten Dunst, Matt Dillon and Zac Posen. The two grandiose events following the Oscars were the annual Vanity Fair bash, where guests such as Sandra Bullock, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez,, seen here, and Winona Ryder mingled, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation post-Oscar party, with partiers Sharon Stone, Pamela Anderson and Nicole Richie.

FALL 2006 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PARTIES, PART 3
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Style.com's final grouping of fashion week soirees included Calvin Klein's after party at Morimoto which drew designer Francisco Costa, of course, as well as Uma Thurman, Mena Suvari and Ashley Olsen. Zac Posen, at left with Nicky Hilton, hosted his own after party at Christie's where Posen let loose on the dance floor later with Hilton and Claire Danes. And at 485 Fifth Avenue, Peter Som drew in guests not just to discuss the collection, but also to show off his interior designs at the newly opened venue to attendees such as Amanda Hearst and Sarah Wynter. Another notable party was Narciso Rodriguez's event at Del Posto, Mario Batali's new joint, hosted by Rachel Weisz.MID-WINTER NEW YORK PARTIES
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Last winter's temps were frigid, but the party scene remained unfazed. Said Style.com, "The title of the Cinema Society's latest sneak peek — ‘Winter Passing' — was highly appropriate, given how much of the aforementioned white stuff had melted by Wednesday night's screening at the Tribeca Grand." Moviegoers included cast members Zooey Deschanel, Ed Harris and Amerila Warner. The same evening, the Winter Ballet Ball took place at the School of American Ballet, where everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Kanye West to Tinsley Mortimer, seen here, enjoyed dinner and dancing. Other parties included the winter ball at the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the City of New York's 20th annual winter gala, sponsored by Oscar de la Renta.

FALL 2006 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PARTIES, PART 1
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Parties in this category included Mario Testino's "Out of Fashion" exhibition (hosted by Anna Wintour and Vogue cover girl Drew Barrymore, seen here with Mario Testino); the M.A.C. kickoff party for fashion week, where models were adorned with body paint designs from Vivienne Tam, Zac Posen and Heatherette's Richie Rich and Traver Rains; a cocktail party to benefit God's Love We Deliver at the de Grisogono store; Patrick McMullan's book party at the Four Seasons, where Carolina Herrera, Kelly Klein and Ivana Trump stopped by, and Sean Combs' fragrance launch at the Core Club. Said Combs of his new scent, Unforgivable: "If you wear this, you'll definitely be cooler. I mean, it would be hard to be as cool as me, but you'll be cooler."

2006 EMMY AWARDS
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Those who chose chiffon for this year's annual Emmy Awards were lucky, as the temps hovered around 90 degrees for the red carpet mayhem. "I feel like a princess," Kyra Sedgwick, who was wrapped in yards of dove gray chiffon and tulle by Armani Privé, told WWD. Big trends for the evening: flowing goddess gowns (Debra Messing, seen here, Heidi Klum, Evangeline Lilly), waist-cinched column gowns (Ellen Pompeo) and antique necklaces (Sandra Oh). Some of the biggest show winners included "24," "Law & Order: SVU" and "The West Wing."2006 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
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Bare shoulders was the trend of the night on the SAG Awards red carpet in February. Many stars, including Sandra Oh, seen here, Felicity Huffman, Sandra Bullock and Hilary Swank, opted for strapless numbers. Black and white were also abundant, with Charlize Theron and Anne Hathaway working with the former and Michelle Williams and Mariska Hargitay representing the latter. Reese Witherspoon, one of the evening's winners for her performance in "Walk the Line," walked the red carpet wearing a black-and-white piece from Yves Saint Laurent. Other wins for the night included Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Actor in "Capote" and "Crash" for Best Drama Ensemble.

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