The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.
Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.
To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.
DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.
Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.
Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.
Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.
As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.
Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.
Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.
GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.
Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.
Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.
Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.
At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.
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COMPLEXCON RETURNS FOR ITS 3RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION
NOVEMBER 3-4, IN LONG BEACH, CA
Pre-Sale Tickets Are Available Friday, July 20 For Groundbreaking Festival that Mixes Music, Art, Fashion, Innovation and Food into Powerful Enriching Experiences
ComplexCon, the world’s largest gathering of visionary pop culture enthusiasts, returns for its third annual event on November 3-4, 2018, in Long Beach, California for a weekend of exclusive sneaker drops, musical performances, bleeding edge streetwear, and fashion, and the return of ComplexCon(versations) bringing together icons, influencers and celebrity speakers.Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami return as host committee chairs again this year. Additional host committee members, panel discussions, performance line-ups, programming and activations will be announced in the coming weeks. A limited supply of pre-sale tickets for the festival are on sale Friday, July 20 at 3 pm Eastern/12pm Pacific at ComplexCon.com.
The two-day festival is the epicenter for tens of thousands of the most active, influential and engaged individuals in the world. ComplexCon mixes concert performances, retail pop-up shops, in-depth panels and conversations, art, food, brand activations, interactive technology and much more into a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together creators and audiences to celebrate culture, spark creativity, and forge new collaborations.
This year, ComplexCon is focusing on the enlightenment and empowerment of the individual, reflecting the issues and conversations that permeate and influence culture today from entertainment to art to politics. ComplexCon unveiled a new logo, which incorporates Murakami’s modern interpretation of the ensō, an ancient zen symbol that represents the cycle of all creativity and life, from chaos to growth to enlightenment.
“There is a cycle to everything – art, culture, design, life – it’s always moving from present to future. ComplexCon has this cycle, where so many ideas are swirling, the atmosphere is charged with potential and from that energy, amazing ideas, new interpretations, and collaborations are formed and the cycle continues,” said Takashi Murakami. “There is chaos in the world right now but also an incredible movement of young people rising up to create something better and from that energy new ideas and movements are forming ripples through everything in culture. It was important to embrace this at ComplexCon this year.”
Fans told us and we listened! This year, ComplexCon is catering to fans with bigger, bolder, better experiences and activations. This third annual festival and exhibition will feature even more panels and speakers as part of the popular ComplexCon(versations) track in which today’s most significant cultural figures tackle the most important topics of our times. Also new for this year, the Pigeons & Planes Stage is moving into the larger arena space so fans can be fully immersed in the musical experience. The ComplexCon footprint is also expanding this year as we take over the Rainbow Lagoon next to the Long Beach Convention Center for an elevated food court hosted by First We Feast.
A limited number of pre-sale tickets for ComplexCon are available on Friday, July 20th at 12pm PST, or while supplies last, for our most passionate attendees to secure their spot early. The tickets give attendees access to brands and organizations on the show floor, panels and discussions, daytime performances, merchandise and shops, food trucks, and more. A very limited number of VIP packages are available again this year, giving fans early access to ComplexCon to shop first, a special concert viewing area, VIP lines for entry into the festival, select booths, food trucks and exhibits and more.
Pre-Sale Packages include*:
Saturday 1-Day Ticket $55
Sunday 1-Day Ticket $55
2-Day Tickets $90
VIP Package $300
(*ticket prices do not include fees.)
Launched in 2016 by Complex Networks and ReedPOP, the two-day event has become a must-attend for fans, brands and cultural icons. Last year over 50,000 fans, 200 leading cultural figures converged for the two-day festival including performances from N*E*R*D*, Gucci Mane, M.I.A., Young Thug, DJ Khaled, SuperDuperKyle, A$AP Ferg, Jaden Smith, Virgil Abloh, iamOTHER: #BeGreat Party ft. Kap G X Bia X WatchtheDuck, Ski Mask The Slump God; exclusive retails experience fromPuma, Colette, Billionaire Boys Club, Human Made, Union Los Angeles, Modernica, Off-White, Nike, Undefeated, Concepts, RSVP Gallery, New Balance, Pintrill, Adidas andClot; and cultural icons Andre 3000, Cam’ron, Chelsea Handler, Lavar Ball, Don C, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jerry Lorenzo, Rick Ross, Roy Choi, Wale and more leaders.
Louis Vuitton opens a special pop-up store at Miami Design District dedicated to the FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection. The pop-up store will be open to the public from June 14th through July 15th and designed with the collection’s inspiration in mind.
Since 2010, Louis Vuitton provided a travel case for one of the world’s most sought-after, legendary trophies of the world: the FIFA World CupTM Trophy. For FIFA World CupTM Russia 2018, Louis Vuitton’s relationship with FIFA World CupTM has grown to encompass a new leather good collection: the Louis Vuitton 2018 FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection.
The pop-up store features unique versions of Keepall and Apollo bags, and a selection of small leather goods inspired by the legendary Official Match Ball of the 1970 FIFA World CupTM. Made with the House’s iconic Epi leather first introduced in the 1920s, the styles will be proposed in up to three colors combinations.
The hexagon design is created using a three-stage embossing procedure that is both innovative and based upon the House’s historic savoir-faire, allowing each coloured hexagon to have a richly textured feel, reminiscent of classic footballs.
For a more exclusive version, a “Made-To-Order” Keepall is proposed in a rich palette of 8 pentagon colors. Each of them can be associated with one of the 5 colors of trimmings to create a Keepall in the colors of almost any national flag. Completing this sophisticated offer, an Epi leather luggage tag could be embossed with one of 35 national flags, including the nations taking part in the competition.
The new pop up store will present a unique, limited-edition FIFA World CupTM Official Match Ball Collection Trunk that is set to become an instant collector’s item. Based on the House’s traditional wardrobe trunks, it opens to reveal a stunning collection of 14 footballs: 13 reeditions of the Official Match Balls used at FIFA World CupTM tournaments since 1970, all fabricated especially for this project by adidas, and one Louis Vuitton designed football.
LOUIS VUITTON MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT POP-UP STORE
Paradise Plaza, 151 NE 41st Street, Miami FL 33137
Open to public from June 14th to July 15th
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm
For information: (305) 573-1366
In addition, there will be live streaming of games open to the public at Paradise Plaza.
ABOUT LOUIS VUITTON
Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the Maison remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton.
Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and stationery. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship.
For further information : www.louisvuitton.com
VIRGIL ABLOH AND HERON PRESTON REVEAL “COLLABORATION” HANDBAG
For their first collaborative release, Virgil Abloh (Off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh) and Heron Preston present “COLLABORATION”, a concept carryall that incorporates the designers’ common exploration of industrial elements. This accessory is a living hybrid: its dual-colored strap is a fusion of Off-Whites graphic yellow Weight Securing System strap and Preston’s signature orange band with the branded word “Style” in Russian. The strap is a purposeful note of asymmetry in a piece with clean balance. The transparent body is printed with Off-White’s famed diagonal white lines, along with the words “COLLABORATION”. Black carabiner clips secure the strap, while inside, an industrial netting-inspired inner tote is a textural contrast to the sleek exterior. Substantial industrial hardware finishes the design, with metal nuts that cleanly secure orange leather straps.
“Heron Preston’s ability to think without limits comes to life in this bag we created together,” Abloh says. “The mix of the materials combined with Off-White DNA lead to a final product that suggests a different idea of a “handbag”.”
ABOUT HERON PRESTON
Heron Preston is the true embodiment of an artist born of the post-internet generation. Multi-faceted and genre-bending, he is a cultural icon in youth culture, and emerging designer in high fashion. He founded his eponymous fashion brand in 2016, and in two short seasons has garnered an international following. The common thread among his impressive bodies of work is a commitment to innovation, experimentation, and unpredictability. Heron Preston finds particular joy in the unexpected; taking conventional themes and reinterpreting them. Take for example his “UNIFORM” project from 2015, the designer’s first major collection, in which he collaborated with the NYC Department of Sanitation on a series of zero waste themed clothes and accessories. He’s also served as the global digital producer for Nike and of course, creative consultant to Kanye West, most notably on his work for the Life of Pablo and Yeezy fashion label.
ABOUT OFF-WHITE ℅ VIRGIL ABLOH
Established in 2013, Off-White is defining the grey area between black and white as a color. Under the brand name, seasonal collections of men’s and women’s clothing, objects, furniture, and publications are articulating a current culture vision. Collections embedded in a recurrent back story with an emphasis on creating garments that have an identity by design. With a design studio based in Milan, Italy the label harnesses the history and craftsmanship within the country yet offers a global perspective in terms of design and trends. With a clear vision of splicing the reality of how clothes are worn and the artistic expression of high-fashion, creative director and designer Virgil Abloh explores concepts in the realm of youth culture in the contemporary context.
MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT INAUGURATES PARADISE PLAZA
During Art Basel week 2017, the Miami Design District debuted the much anticipated Paradise Plaza, which doubled the Miami Design District’s retail and culinary offerings via the new open air piazza and extension of Paseo Ponti connecting Paradise Plaza to the existing Palm Court. Paradise Plaza is Miami Design District’s latest multi-level urban park and retail plaza anchored by an iconic architectural structure designed by Johnston Marklee, as well as with works by renowned architectural firms FreelandBuck, Tolila+Gilliland, and MOS. Hosted by Craig Robins, guests of the celebration included Jeffrey Deitch, Curator; Sharon Johnston, Principal Architect and co-founder of Johnston Marklee; Sarah Arison, President of Arison Arts Foundation; Ronan Bouroullec, Designer; Urs Fischer, Artist; Nicholas Gilliland, Principal Architect and cofounder of Tolila + Gilliland; Gaston Tolila, Principal Architect and co-founder of Tolila + Gilliland; Daniel Toole, Architect; Andre Herrero, Principal, Architect of Charlap Hyman & Herrero; Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, Founder of Luminaire; Chad Oppenheim, Owner of Oppenheim Architecture and Design.
In addition to the debut of a number of pop-up exhibitions and art installations throughout the neighborhood, Paradise Plaza also hosted a number of pop-up Art Week pop-ups exhibitions including WWD, goop GIFT and Social Studies. Also housed in the plaza are recent retail openings including Creed, which opened their third U.S. boutique in Miami Design District alongside seventh generation perfumer, Erwin Creed, and Gucci whose Miami Design District location offers two location exclusive bags as part of the brand’s collaboration with artist Coco Capitan: a drawstring backpack and belt bag.
SOCIAL STUDIES AT MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
On Wednesday, December 6, Baque Creative and the Miami Design District celebrated the launch of Social Studies Miami, a four day retail pop-up experience exclusively developed by Angelo Baque. Concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Social Studies featured an eclectic mix of innovative brands and collaborators including Virgil Abloh of Off White TM, Nike, Union Los Angeles, 032c Magazine, No Vacancy Inn, Some Ware, ELECTION REFORM!, Odwalla1221 and Awake NY, with a pop-up retail component and a series of education programs and curatorial workshops led by the creatives behind participating brands. Focusing on themes of tangibility and accessibility, the space was open to the public as a social and creative meeting place during Art Week.
To launch the event, renowned photographer and Social Studies collaborator, Shaniqwa Jarvis, was on hand to debut her eponymous publication, while close friend Zuri Marley treated guests to an extraordinary live performance. The self-titled book, the first published by Baque Creative Press, is designed by Stephen Serrato and includes a forward by Ryan McGinley.
CHROME HEARTS + BACCARAT, MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT CELEBRATE ART WEEK WITH THE MIAMI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT PALM COURT
Laurie Lynn Stark of Chrome Hearts + Craig Robins of DACRA hosted friends & family for an evening of music helmed by Maestro Eduardo Marturet with performances by Jesse Jo Stark and pianist Mary Anne Huntsman alongside the Symphony Orchestra. Starting the evening with a champagne reception at Chrome Hearts Miami to celebrate the opening of the exhibition this time, this place curated by Theo Niarchos with Laurie Lynn Stark & Matt DiGiacomo, guests including Jordan Barrett, Presley Gerber, Virgil Abloh, Elle Macpherson, Gloria Estefan, Theo Niarchos and David Adjaye progressed down to the nearby Palm Court for a live musical program ranging from Classical to Broadway to Rock ‘n Roll.
Montreal-born fashion stylist and creative director Ugie is best known for styling trendsetting looks for online luxury fashion destination SSENSE.COM as the company’s lead e-commerce menswear stylist while also curating visual installations for their Montreal flagship store. With 8 years of extensive experience in the fields of luxury e-commerce, editorial, visual merchandising, and brand building, Ugie’s exuberant personality, unique sense of style, and refined street-led aesthetic have contributed to solidifying his distinction as one of today’s most influential and sought after Canadian fashion stylists.
Always on the cusp of high-fashion trends with much of his inspiration coming straight from the streets, he also draws upon elements of architecture and interior design to feed his creativity. Garnering the attention of fellow industry creatives, acclaimed brands, and celebrities alike, he continues to position himself as a leading tastemaker in the industry.
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This week, Bella Hadid goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at Kith in New York City and talks her love of pairing sneakers with dresses and discusses her friendly footwear competition with her sister Gigi. Tune into the interview and to see what she bought.
In the episode, Hadid shares her thoughts on sneakers:
“For me, I feel like girls look so sexy in tennis shoes.”
“Sneakers on a man is definitely the first thing I look at. If you have a sick pair of sneakers, it’s going to make or break a look.”
On wearing sneakers in private school: “I would have the sickest shoes at school. I went to private school for like a year so I had my little uniform with my Air Force 1’s. Sneakers were a statement piece because that was how I could express myself.”
About Sneaker Shopping:
Hosted by sneaker aficionado and Complex Network’s Vice President of Content Strategy Joe La Puma, “Sneaker Shopping” puts a spotlight on the styles, silhouettes and significance of sneaker culture through the eyes of bold-faced names in music, sports, film, television and pop culture. Over the years “Sneaker Shopping” has featured everyone from Kevin Hart, Roger Federer, Sean “Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent, Bella Hadid, Marshawn Lynch, DJ Khaled, to New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft, and the Ball Family, all sharing thoughts on their life, career and personal style with La Puma through the lens of sneakers and style
Guests included Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, Pierre-Yves Roussel, Diane von Furstenburg, Stuart Vevers, Karlie Kloss, Virgil Abloh, Lazaro Hernandez, Jack Mccollough, Jared Leto, Selena Gomez, Adwoa Aboah, Slick Woods, Petra Collins, Imaan Hammam, Halima Aden, Lewis Hamilton, and more.
From Interscope, BØRNS, 6LACK, and Daya performed at the after-party whilst AlunaGeorge and Oliver provided DJ sets that kept the party going until the early hours. Jacob Banks floored the room with an intimate performance at dinner. All music and performances were curated by Interscope Records.
Photo recap below: