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Partying in style with Pool Trade Show at Foundation Room

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From the Belvedere-sponsored open bar to the ‘90s R&B overhead, the PoolTradeShow afterparty is always a hit.
Peter Amend

The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay is off the beaten path, tucked away atop the resort’s gleaming gold tower with entry only through a private elevator. But it’s an experience worth the hunt. After your ride all the way up, doors open to a dark and sultry Eastern-influenced ultralounge, where a Buddha welcomes partiers and the swirling scent of Nag Champa incense fills the room. It’s the ideal place to throw a soiree when the world’s most fashion-forward are your guests.

MAGIC Market Week has come and gone, and yes, getting a sneak peek of next season’s styles makes MMW a must-attend event, but one could argue the mega-convention’s accompanying nightlife is the true magic—and the PoolTradeShow afterparty is no exception. A breakaway event within MAGIC, PoolTradeShow is a showcase for boutique retailers and is known for hosting one of the convention’s most electric parties at the Foundation Room.

What makes it truly memorable? Is it the stylish guests? The Belvedere-sponsored open bar? The open-air terrace with breathtaking views of the city? Or is it the DJ, spinning everything from ’90s R&B to Beyoncé’s “Formation” and Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”? The PoolTradeShow party had it all. Lucky for us, MAGIC touches down in Vegas twice a year, which means the party will be back in no time. You might want to mark your calendar now.

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