ComplexCon Chicago: Curated for the Culture (07/20-07/21/19)

ComplexCon Chicago

Well, it’s no surprise.

ComplexCon has yet again perfected the art of blending fashion, art, and music into one live event!

With this being the first time the event leaves Long Beach you can assure yourself that they held no punches! For those of you who may, in fact, still live under a rock: Complex Media has become the epicenter for all things dope in our culture as they produce content daily on multiple platforms. While in line to enter the convention center I couldn’t help but notice one thing: heat everywhere! It was probably the only event I’ve been to where every 3rd outfit seemed to be put together by Virgil Abloh himself.

Upon entering the venue my initial goal was to head directly to ComplexCon’s merch store to cop some new Murakami pieces. However, I had several distractions along the way. The first distraction was running into none other than Jerry Lorenzo who was discussing his come up to a small group of people. If you’re into streetwear like I am, when Jerry speaks, you listen.

Immediately after, I noticed The Hundreds had a a small crowd building. Naturally, I walked over. To my surprise Bobby Hundreds and Lena Waithe (Actress/Creator of “The Chi”) were presenting their new collab! Luckily, I had a chance to meet the two and snag a shirt before continuing my journey to the merch store.

Before hitting my finish line another stop was made as my lady says to me, “Isn’t this kid famous?” Lo and behold Juice Wrld walks by me accompanied by “Hot Ones” host Sean Mendez. Even though I’m not a huge Juice Wrld fan, I am a fan of First We Feast’s “Hot Ones”! For those who haven’t seen it, “Hot Ones” is an interview-based show where the host, Sean Mendes, and his guest(s) are eating wings which only get hotter as the interview continues.

Shortly thereafter, I got a chance to chop it up with the hosts of “Full Size Run”, a show created for the sneaker enthusiast in all of us. Around this time Day 1 was coming to an end and as each day wraps up ComplexCon brings out their musical talent to cap off the evening. Day 1’s talent was Ella Mai. Once she hit the stage I figured it was the perfect opportunity to hit the merch store with some less foot traffic. I lucked out with a few pieces and even brought some heat back for the fam.

Day 2 was a lot of the same. A heavy amount of shopping and opportunities to meet the minds behind today’s biggest brands. However, there was one BIG difference. The creatives flooded Day 2. Everyone who mattered in our culture seemed to be in attendance on that day. People like Nicky Diamonds, A$AP Ferg, Don C, and Takashi Murakami were casually perusing the event. I even got a chance to chop it up with YouTube’s biggest hype-beast, Qias Omar. After all the shopping was accomplished everyone migrated to the main stage where Schoolboy Q and Rick Ross were getting ready to shut it down.

After everything was said and done I couldn’t help but think to myself “ComplexCon is really a hype-beast’s heaven”! If you’re a part of the culture like I am then attending the next ComplexCon is a must. Thank me later!

Here are some shots we took at the event:

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Follow @Fly_Harvey on Instagram for more pictures from the event and to see some dope graphics.

Be You. Live REAL.

#GullySteez; all things dope.

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