UnBeige’s Top Ten Ways to Spend Fashion’s Night Out (Part 2)

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Ruffle up and deal: Valentino will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out with a charity poker tournament.

Our countdown of ways to spend your Fashion’s Night Out continues, from gambling for a good cause and playing designer ping-pong to admiring exotic ice buckets and sampling a slice of an Eiffel Tower-shaped cake.

  • Go all in at Valentino. Ruffle up and deal! Tear yourself away from the floaty fall confections of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli to cheer on the participants in Valentino’s poker tournament (747 Madison Avenue). Among those mustering their best poker faces will be Devon Aoki, 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander, Richard Johnson, and Molly Sims, who’ll take to the tables and play for their favorite charities. Once the winner has been declared, ask them to deal you in and pray for pocket aces. Poker not your thing? Consider playing ping-pong with designer Robert Geller, who will pick up a paddle at Barneys (660 Madison Avenue) from 8 to 9 p.m., or dance ’til you drop at Tracy Reese‘s dance marathon (641 Hudson Street).
  • Get married. Or at least prepare to walk the down the aisle in style. Wedding gown designer-turned-lifestyle brand Vera Wang will begin the evening at her uptown salon (991 Madison Avenue), where she’ll style brides and sign books from 6 to 7 p.m. Over in Chelsea, wedding gift registry service NewlyWish has partnered with product designer Michael Aram for a bridal bash of epic proportions at his flagship store (136 West 18th Street). Chat up Aram himself and meet many of the other NewlyWish network wedding experts, including cupcake queen Tawny Ong and Belle Fleur’s bouquet gurus, with whom we plan to debate the merits of gerbera daisies. The matrimonial bliss continues at Reem Acra (14 East 60th Street), where the designer will sip “Reem-tinis” with the likes of event designer Preston Bailey and wedding cake baker extraordinaire Sylvia Weinstock. All those signature cocktails will help guests loosen up for performances by burlesque artist Dirty Martini and music by DJ Lady Bunny.

  • Travel to Paris. Simulate transatlantic teleportation with a vist to Realm Boutique (98 Greene Street). The nouveau magasin de luxe is hosting a Parisian-inspired evening with (mon dieu!) designer Alexis Mabille. Shoppers are invited to preview the boutique and meet Mabille, who will be on hand to discuss his newest collection (exclusively available in New York at Realm), and to sign official FNO t-shirts. Adding to the French flavor will be champagne and a cake shaped like the Eiffel Tower. Look for us in the corner, indulging in an elegant pastry and lusting after the Yves Klein blue pieces from Martin Grant‘s fall line.