Take 500 creative cool kids, one rooftop swimming pool, plus some steamy August weather, and you get an incredible night in Manhattan to celebrate the end of another sexy summer.
With only a few more official vacation-ready days left on the calendar, we really wanted to go out with a bang, so we teamed up with Root Studios and our friends at The Beach pool at the Dream Downtown. With Leslie Kirchhoff on the decks and custom vodka cocktails by Hangar 1, party-goers danced the night away around poolside beds and on the hotel’s real-sand beach.
The night really hit its peak with a surprise performance by the Aqualillies, the gorgeous synchronized swimming troupe that’s performed for everyone from Justin Bieber to Justin Timberlake. They suited up in neon Mara Hoffman bikinis while they flipped, jumped, and danced in and around the pool. We were doubly impressed by their ability to keep their makeup perfectly intact—hot pink lipstick included—well through the end of their mind-blowing 8-minute routine. After their performance, inspired guests then spent the rest of the evening jumping in the pool and lounging in every type of fast-food floatie imaginable.
Check out our end-of-summer pool party in the gallery above.
Photos by Tiffany Hagler-Geard and Christos Katsiaouni