André 3000, Jon Wexler, Sarah Andelman, and More Discuss the Importance of Collaboration | ComplexCon(versations)

Earlier this week, we unveiled part one of The Art of Collab panel that took place at ComplexCon 2017 which featured Hiroshi Fujiwara talking to Jeff Staple about his legacy in design and collaborating with brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Starbucks. In part two, Staple, Fujiwara​, Sarah Andelman (founder, Colette​), André 3000, and Jon Wexler (Vice President of Global Entertainment and Influencer Marketing, Adidas) come together for a discussion about the importance of collaboration.

Staple asks André about how he decides to collaborate when it comes to music, something longtime fans are aware happens few and far between these days for the legendary ATL rapper. “Sometimes people send you records like, 'Please get on this record.' Like great, great names that I actually want to get on the songs, but I'll try to write to it and it just don't work sometimes,” he explains. “It's not like a factory like Coca-Cola where I can just keeping putting out these things. So it has to feel a certain way.”

The panelists also share their thoughts on the reselling industry, and Wexler talks about Adidas working with big names like Kanye West and Pharrell.

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Virgil Abloh, DeRay Mckesson, Jerry Lorenzo, and more.

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Legendary Designer Hiroshi Fujiwara Breaks Down His Biggest Collaborations | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, Jeff Staple (founder, Staple Design) hosted The Art of Collab, with part one of the ComplexCon(versations) panel featuring legendary designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. The founder of fragment design, Fujiwara is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Streetwear” and has worked with Nike, Stussy, Louis Vuitton, and many other brands throughout his 30-plus year career.

During the conversation, Fujiwara opens up about​ HTM, his collaboration with Nike's Mark Parker (CEO) and Tinker Hatfield (Vice President for Design and Special Projects) that is viewed as one of the most innovative projects in the sneaker industry. He also shares his take on past collaborations spanning Levi's to Starbucks and reveals some Nike samples that could see a potential release. 

Interestingly enough, one of the sample shoes features “The Ten” on the heel tab, which leads to Staple asking what it means in light of Virgil Abloh's “The Ten” collaboration with Nike. Fujiwara suggests they may have both been tasked with working on a collection with Nike, but Abloh “won the game, I lost it… the thing he did was beautiful.”

​Check out part one of The Art of Collab panel above and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing part two featuring Staple and Fujiwara alongside André 3000, Sarah Andelman, and Jon Wexler.

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A Timeline of Donald Trump’s Beef with LaVar Ball

At some point, you just knew that Donald Trump and LaVar Ball were going to cross paths in 2017. After all of the completely off-the-wall shit that has taken place this year, it wouldn’t be right if we went into 2018 without their names being linked for one reason or another. But we really have to give it up to them: In our wildest dreams, we couldn’t imagine them being connected as a result of a story involving Louis Vuitton sunglasses, shoplifting, and international politics.

And yet, here we are! With still about a month to go in 2017, the inevitable Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball feud that we all knew was going to happen has happened. The two engaged in a war of words over the weekend, and thanks to their beef, LaVar made an appearance on CNN on Monday night that will more than likely receive a response from Trump.

Let’s take a look at how we got here. Here’s a timeline of Donald Trump’s beef with the head of the Ball family.

Nov. 7, 2017: LiAngelo Ball and two UCLA teammates are arrested in China for shoplifting

During a trip to China to take part in a game against Georgia Tech, LiAngelo and his two teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested after they were caught stealing from a Louis Vuitton store near their team hotel. They were released from police custody but were ordered to give up their passports and stay at the hotel until an investigation into the shoplifting allegations took place. Initial reports indicated they could face 3 to 10 years in prison.

Nov. 8, 2017: LaVar Ball says LiAngelo’s arrest “ain’t a big deal”

Despite the possibility of the serious prison sentence that was first reported, LiAngelo’s dad LaVar downplayed the situation. “He’ll be fine,” LaVar told ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “Everyone’s making it a big deal. It ain’t that big a deal.”

Nov. 9, 2017: LaVar is told not to comment on LiAngelo’s arrest again

Just one day after LaVar said LiAngelo’s shoplifting arrest wasn’t “that big a deal,” LaVar refused to comment further on the situation. ESPN’s Arash Markazi reported that someone had told LaVar not to speak about LiAngelo any further until he was allowed to return to the U.S.

Nov. 13, 2017: Trump asks China’s President Xi Jinping to help settle LiAngelo’s case

Several days after LiAngelo was arrested, The Washington Post reported that Trump reached out to President Xi Jinping of China to try and resolve the case. When asked about it, Trump said that President Xi had been “terrific” with regards to his request. But he said that the shoplifting case was “not something that should have happened” in the first place. He also reportedly referred to LiAngelo and his teammates as “knuckleheads” while speaking with President Xi.

Nov. 14, 2017: LiAngelo and his teammates are allowed to leave China

One week after being arrested, LiAngelo and his teammates were finally allowed to leave their hotel and board a flight for Los Angeles. The shoplifting charges that were originally filed against them were reportedly dropped, clearing the way for them to make their way home.

Nov. 15, 2017: Trump calls for LiAngelo and his teammates to thank him for his help

Almost as soon as LiAngelo and his teammates arrived back in the U.S., Trump sent out a tweet that seemed to suggest he was expecting them to say thank you to him at some point. “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?” he wrote. “They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

Nov. 15, 2017: LiAngelo and his teammates thank Trump

During a press conference in which all three UCLA players apologized for their actions in China, they also offered up their thanks to Trump.

Nov. 18, 2017: LaVar says he doesn’t think Trump helped LiAngelo and his teammates

While speaking with ESPN a few days after LiAngelo’s safe arrival back in the U.S., LaVar said he didn’t believe Trump played a big part in bringing the UCLA players home. “Who?” LaVar said. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

LaVar continued: “As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him.”

Nov. 19, 2017: Trump says he should have left LiAngelo and his teammates in jail

In response to LaVar’s “Who?” comment, Trump responded by saying that he should have left LiAngelo and his teammates in jail in China. “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal,” he wrote. “I should have left them in jail!”

Trump added: “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”

Nov. 20, 2017: LaVar refuses to thank Trump during CNN appearance

During one of LaVar’s most memorable media appearances yet, he refused to thank Trump for whatever role he played in bringing LiAngelo back to the U.S. “Did he help the boys get out?” he asked. “I don’t know. If I was going to thank someone, I would probably thank President Xi.”

Towards the end of the interview, LaVar also said the only way he would have thanked Trump is if he would have personally put LiAngelo on Air Force One to bring him home. “I would have said, 'Thank you,' if he put him on his plane and took him home,” he said. “Then I would have said, 'Thank you, Mr. Trump, for taking my boys out of China and bringing them back to the U.S.' There’s a lot of room on that plane. I would have said, 'Thank you kindly for that.'”

And at one point, LaVar also made a Trump-esque statement by saying that he played a bigger part in freeing LiAngelo than Trump did. “I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation when we first jumped on there,” he said. “I keep those people in mind.”

Trump and Ball both seem like the kind of guys who want to have the last word. So we wouldn’t expect this to end anytime soon.

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Drake Challenges Himself to a 500-Week Billboard Hot 100 Streak

Drake's eight-year hangout session on the Billboard Hot 100 came to an end this week, but Drake is already looking ahead to the next chart challenge.

The OVO Sound co-founder was missing from the Hot 100 this week for the first time since “Best I Ever Had” hit the charts back in 2009. All told, Drake spent a whopping 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100. TMZ bothered Drake outside the Tao restaurant in Los Angeles Wednesday night, ultimately eliciting a three-word response to the news.

“I need 500,” Drake said, narrowly making it inside his vehicle before he had to suffer through the paparazzo's dripping-with-cringe follow-up question of “So what's next, Dancing With the Stars?”

Drake, by a substantial margin, currently boasts the most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 since the chart's debut in 1958. The rest of the top ten includes Lil Wayne (326 weeks), Rihanna (216), Nicki Minaj (207), Jay Z (159), Katy Perry (139), and more.

This latest feat is far from the first time a Billboard record has been smashed by Drake. With the release of Views in 2016, he claimed 20 spots on the Hot 100. That record held until the release of this year's More Life, at which point Drake bested himself with 24 simultaneous chart appearances.

Drake's most recent solo single was “Signs,” which premiered back in June during Louis Vuitton's Paris Fashion Week show as part of an OVO Sound-curated playlist created for the line's Spring/Summer 2018 menswear reveal.

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Would You Cop These $3,000 Hermès Skateboards?

Are you a skateboarder with disposable income? Do you give zero fucks about practicality? Then Hermès has something perfect for you.

Starting next month, the French luxury label will begin selling a small range of skateboards and longboards that will feature one of three archival patterns: either the “Bouclerie Modern,” the “Cavalcadour,” or the “Sangles en zigzag.” According to Highsnobiety, each deck was created by Hermès’ legendary artistic director Henri d’Origny. The colorful boards will reportedly be constructed with light beech wood with a noble maple veneer and cost around $2,900.

You can check out the luxe models below. The Hermès skateboard and longboard range will drop online and in boutiques around the world beginning in late September.

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Hermes Skateboards

Hermès is one of many high-end labels to tap into skate culture. Emilio Pucci has also dropped a line of decks; Vetements has put their own spin on the iconic Thrasher logo; Dior dropped a skate-inspired film campaign; and who can forget the insanely popular Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration?

Fashion’s recent obsession with skateboarding seems to be only getting bigger; however, not everyone within the skate culture is happy about this trend. Noah founder/designer Brendon Babenzien spoke about this very issue during a June interview with Esquire.

“Skaters are incredible, intelligent, and creative, and people want a piece of what they've got. It's really that simple,” said Babenzien, who is also Supreme’s former creative director. “Skaters…they've historically been outcasts. One day you're an outcast and the next day everybody wants to wear the clothes you're into and lay claim to it? You're going to be a little annoyed by that.”

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Hypebeasts Copped Rare Supreme and Bape at Solepreme Con 2017

Hypebeasts were out in full force in downtown Manhattan this past Saturday. Half of the streetwear fans in attendance probably weren't legal drinking age but nevertheless, the City Winery venue was flooded with kids and adults alike there to participate in Solepreme Con, the tradeshow most likely to have a a grail or three from the likes of Supreme, Bape, Palace, and more.

Complex descended upon the event—unfortunately without an expense budget—to talk streetwear with the buyers there to drop serious resale cash, the vendors on-hand with a couple of eye-grabbing rare gems, and even a few parents on hand to support and chaperone a world they don't even fully grasp. Watch as attendees pick their dream Supreme collab, share their thoughts on Supreme x Louis Vuitton, and their opinion on resale culture overall.

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ASAP Bari Accused of Sexual Harassment After Graphic Video Surfaces

Last night, video surfaced showing a man who appears to be ASAP Mob co-founder and Vlone designer ASAP Bari telling a woman “you fucked my assistant, now you're going to suck my dick.” The video, according to Reddit, was first shared via @SoledOut and other Instagram accounts before being deleted. 

The brief clip is captioned with the phrase “what that mouth do bitch” and shows a man wearing a red Supreme x Louis Vuitton sweater who appears to be Bari, pulling the sheets off a naked woman as she struggles to hide beneath them and telling her to perform oral sex on him. Another man appears with the woman in bed, while another is heard commenting as he shoots the video. The woman, clearly distraught, is heard saying “Stop it, stop Bari . . . honestly” before walking out of the room. She's followed by a person who appears to be Bari, who slaps her on the buttocks as she walks away from the bed.

A photo taken a few days prior to the video surfacing shows Bari at the London Wireless Festival wearing what appears to be the same ripped denim shorts and red Supreme x Louis Vuitton sweater with a black shirt layered underneath seen in the video.

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Twitter account @chasinfoodstmps said Wednesday night that she was the woman in the clip, alleging that “Bari and his crew” forced her into bed and “Bari got upset because I refused to engage in any sexual acts.” The account also claimed that Bari had since been “apprehended” by “U.K. police forces.”​

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In since-removed tweets, Bari called the video fake:

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As discussion on the alleged incident carried over onto Reddit and Kanyetothe threads, stylist/creative Ian Connor—who was seen on video fighting with Bari at the Colette store in Paris last year—seemingly addressed the footage in a series of tweets. In the tweets, Connor said he was going to “upload a video,” presumably related to the Bari allegations.

In 2016, Connor faced multiple sexual assault accusations of his own. Thursday, Connor replied to a tweet that said “Does it matter if Ian Connor was set up? He's still trash” with “Sad.” Connor also alluded to being set up, sharing an image of @thelifeofmalij at “the AWGE/VLONE house” and telling his followers to “do the math.”


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UK authorities, @SoledOut, the woman who claims to appear in the video, and reps for Bari, Nike, and Vlone did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

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The Louis Vuitton x Supreme Collection Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

The Louis Vuitton x Supreme pop-up shop isn’t coming to NYC after all. In fact, the highly coveted drop has been scrapped all together.

On Tuesday night, Hypebeast broke the news by publishing an email sent by LV’s client services. The message read: “Regrettably, this collection will no longer be sold in any stores or online. However, please visit our social media channels and website for updates.”

Louis Vuitton x Supreme Drop Cancelled
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The cancelation comes just a week after the LV x Supreme pop-up event was rumored to arrive at additional North American cities this Friday. People in cities like NYC, Houston, Honolulu, and Vancouver have spent the last week lining up in the hopes of getting their own LV x Supreme gear. 

We’re sure most of them won’t take the news too well.

It’s not immediately clear why the collection will no longer be available.

The initial LV x Supreme pop-ups launched in late June in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, London, Miami, and Los Angeles. Though there were initial plans to set up a shop in NYC, the Manhattan Community Board No. 2 rejected the proposal back in May. Fashionista reported that it was a unanimous decision primarily based on the large number of expected of customers. Residents expressed concerns about crowd management and how sidewalk closures would affect access to their homes.

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Kanye West’s ‘MBDTF’ Was Reportedly Almost a Completely Different Album Called ‘Donda’s Boy’

Any day that starts with an immediately-regarded-as-classic Kanye West story is a good day. On the latest episode of ItsTheReal's A Waste of Time podcast, Rory Farrell spoke with Eric and Jeff Rosenthal about his days as a Def Jam intern during West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy era. According to Rory, the original vision for what is widely considered West's greatest album—which Rory said was first entitled Donda's Boy—was quite different than the critically acclaimed final product.

“I was in meetings that interns were not supposed to be in,” Rory recalled. Months ahead of the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, for example, West showed up at the Def Jam offices with a special request. “No one had seen him,” Rory said. “He shows up out of nowhere at the Def Jam offices like Lupe and Nas trying to get their albums out, in a full suit. He has, I want to say it was Don C's son but don't quote me, a child dressed identical to him, carrying his Louis Vuitton bag. Comes in and is throwing a fit at how shitty everyone is dressed. So he says, 'I'm not doing business today until everyone is in a suit.'”

Ahead of West’s return the following day, everyone in the office was scrambling to find black suits. When West arrived, the aforementioned child opened up the Louis bag, tossed a blanket over the conference table, and poured West “either white wine or water” into a medieval wine glass. “Kanye says, 'I'm parched, we can begin now,'” Rory said. 

West then played the office My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which was then entitled Donda's Boy. “The idea was that it was going to be 10 tracks, and each track was going to be 10 minutes,” Rory said. “'Runaway' was 20 minutes long. Pusha wasn't on it. Kanye was singing for 15 minutes of it at the end.” The bonus track “See Me Now,” Rory added, had no Beyoncé on the hook at the time. Eventual single “All of the Lights” was also featureless. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy but it was just Kanye West,” Rory said. “And it was amazing.”

Listen to the full podcast below. The West stories start at around the 42-minute mark.

Shortly after multiple outlets started picking up Rory's stories, legendary producer Mike Dean appeared to question their validity on Twitter. Dean, of course, has worked closely with West since his 2007 album Graduation:

Plain Pat, who previously worked as West's manager and was integral to his early successes, also questioned the alleged alternate title. “News to me,” he said, marking his first tweet in nearly six months.

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Jaden Smith Really Brought His Freshly-Cut Dreadlocks to the Met Gala Red Carpet

Jaden Smith has arrived at the 2017 Met Gala, and he brought a handful of dreadlocks with him.

On Monday night, the 18-year-old actor/musician/K-Pop star wannabe showed up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art rocking an all-black look accessorized with Louis Vuitton jewelry, boots, grills, and his old hair.

Yup, Jaden’s dreads are back. Just weeks after his dad, Will, cut off his hair, the multi-hyphenate stepped on to the Met Gala red carpet clutching the blond locks. It was definitely one of the most talked-about looks of the night, attracting a wide range of reactions. 

Smith explained his reasoning to Andre Leon Talley from Vogue. “Since I couldn't bring my sister as a date, I brought my old hair,” he said.

Jaden has never shied away from head-turning looks. The man has done everything from rocking a Batman costume to Kimye’s wedding to donning women’s clothes on occasion.

“I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms. I feel like people don’t really get it,” he told British GQ in 2016. “I’m not saying that I get it, I’m just saying that I’ve never seen any distinction. I don’t see man clothes and woman clothes, I just see scared people and comfortable people.”


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