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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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